It’s too hot to send the kids outside these days. What a good time to make memories inside-together. Here are some ideas from Going It Alone by Michele Howe. This book can be purchased in our Online store [www.smoreforwomen.org ] or wherever books are sold.
- Have a chess or checkers marathon.
- Gather all the loose family photos and place them in photo albums. Decorate the albums with silly stickers and funny captions under individual photos.
- Place charade ideas inside balloons, then inflate the balloons. Each person selects a balloon, pops it, and then acts of the charade for the rest of the family.
- Read bedtime stories by flashlight under the covers.
- Sponsor a family film fest. Rent or borrow several movies. Set up a kitchen concession stand complete with beverages, popcorn, and candy.
- Give each other facials using commercial mud masks. Do manicures and pedicures using glittery nail polish.
- Make an indoor tent city. Use tables, chairs, furniture, and sheets for covering.
- Sponsor a silly sports night. Each person makes up the silliest game possible and teaches the rest of the family to play.
- Do face painting on the entire family (including mom). Take pictures and send them to distant friends and family.
- String buttons on thread and make necklaces
- Design a family motto T-shirt using puff paints, glitter, buttons, and old broken jewelry.
- Take turns reading the funny papers aloud at dinner time.
- Have a jigsaw puzzle contest. Distribute to teams or individuals puzzles having the same number of pieces, then race to see who completes their puzzle first.
- Buy a goldfish. Give it a sophisticated name. Keep it in a glass jar on your kitchen counter
- Bring sleeping bags into the living room. Turn off the lights and take turns telling stories until bedtime.
- Have a topsy-turvy day. Do everything in backward order. Brush teeth before eating. Turn clothes inside out. Eat dinner for breakfast.
- Play Bingo. Purchase prizes at a local dollar store.
- Just for fun, set back all the clocks in your house two hours. Give the kids the extra time to play before bedtime.
- Rearrange bedroom furniture. Add posters or simply change decorations around to create a new look.
- Teach your children how to short-sheet a bed.
- Have a musical smorgasbord. For the entire day, put on a different type of music every hour.
Enjoy your summer. It-like childhood- will be over before you know what happened.
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