Let’s Play Card Games

WAR • Take out all face cards except the ace. The ace is one. • Deal out the entire deck of cards to players. • Each player turns over a card. • The player with the highest card number picks up all cards and is the winner of that round. • If two players have the same number, they each place down another card, highest number takes all the cards. • The winner is the person with the most cards at the end of the game. Game Options – Lowest number card is the winner. – Even number card is
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Great Outdoors

OUTSIDE TOGETHER • Sledding — Reasons to Sled: Feel like a kid again, Burn about 476 calories an hour, Improve cardio fitness, Spend time with your kids, Enjoy the fresh air, Go on an exhilarating ride free of charge (Based on a 150 lb. person) • Biking • Walking • Jogging • Making snow angels • Building a snowman • Washing the car • Building a fort TOWN TOURIST • Map out an itinerary and visit the places a tourist would go to on their vacation. • Take the Data Bus from place to place. • When you get back,
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Food Fun

PASTA NECKLACES Pasta comes in many shapes and sizes. • Choose pasta that can be strung on a string for a unique necklace. • It can be dipped in water with food color for a dash of color, or it can be painted with water color or tempera paints. POTATO BEADS Have an adult cut a potato into 1/2” chunks. Slide them onto a bamboo skewer and let them dry until they are hard. Paint with tempera, let dry, and string. Tip: Painting them a turquoise color actually makes the beads look like real turquoise. Cool! STAIN GLASS GELATIN This
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Games Galore

As a family, play checkers, scrabble, mancala, Chinese checkers, dice, dominoes, marbles, jacks, or tic-tac-toe. SCAVENGER HUNT • Write down a list of things to find in the house. • Give everyone a copy and a time limit and let the game begin. • The person with the most found items doesn’t have to do the dishes tonight!! MEMORY GAME • Cut tagboard, index cards, or other blank paper into 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” squares. • Make identical pairs using stickers, extra school pictures, or other funny things and glue them onto the cards. Depending on the age of
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Music Mania

KAZOO KREATION • You will need cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper-towels, plastic or tinfoil wrap, rubber bands and waxed paper. • Use markers, crayons, colored pencils construction paper, or stickers to decorate your tube. • Use scissors to cut a 5” square of waxed paper. Place the square of waxed paper on one end of the tube and secure it with a rubber band. • To play your homemade kazoo, gently hum into the open end! Start your own band! BOX GUITAR This is an easy way to make a guitar using an old shoe or tissue box, rubber
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Artsy Crafty

CRYSTAL ORNAMENTS Wow yourself with this neat idea. • Use a pipe cleaner and make a shape like a heart, snowflake, star, flower, or whatever. • If you are too young to boil water, ask mom to boil enough water and put it in a container so that it will completely cover the shape you made. • Stir in one cup of 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster. • Tie a thread on your shape, suspend it from a pencil, and center the pencil on the top of the container so that the shape is not touching the sides or
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Bookin’ Along

READING TIPS FOR FAMILIES • Read with your child everyday. • For beginning readers, point to each word as you read. • Read favorite books over and over. • Read stories with rhyming or repeated lines. Read the lines together. • Stop and ask questions about the story. Try to make connections between the story and your life, between the characters, and between two stories you have read. • Read with expression and make the story “come alive” for your child. • A variety of materials should be read to, with, and by your child. • Find a ‘unique’ place
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