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2014 Family Winter Fun

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Ideas for family fun in 2014.

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Sunday read aloud night: On Sunday night, dressed in pj’s with pillows, and blankets as a family you gather in the family room to read books. When time for bed leave the books on the coffee table to be enjoyed all week long. The next Sunday night the family reads a new set of books.

Monday family picnic night: Cold dark Monday nights in winter can seem a little less bleak with an inside picnic. Fill a slow-cooker with chili and hot dogs. Use a picnic blanket or plastic summer table cloth on your kitchen table. Fill bright colorful bowls with pretzels, chips, carrots, and celery sticks. For dessert have Rice Krispie treats.

Tuesday video game night: Give into it, let your children teach you to play a video game. Or as a family play online family safe strategy game, such as Tetris to give your brain a workout.

Wednesday board game night: From Candyland to Monopoly there are games for all ages. If your computer geek balks at a board game night take them to the store to pick out a new board game.

Thursday memory night: Give each member of the family a scrap book page and a unique family photo. With scissors, glue sticks markers stickers and stamps each child designs his own page around that photo. They can cut, crop, trim, write funny memories in speech bubbles. After a few Thursday memory nights put them all together in an album and you will have a memorable scrapbook.

Friday night dinner and a movie: Everyone in the kitchen to help prepare dinner. Start with something easy like pizza. Little ones can stir and knead dough. Older children can cut vegetables, and shred cheese. Teenagers can brown meat and man the oven. Then pop in a DVD from your collection.

Saturday night craft projects: From jewelry making, building a bird house to duct tape wallets and fleece tied blankets children enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing a project from start to finish. Make sure to have snacks for munching as you create.

For more Family Fun ideas check out: Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty. A parent resource, filled with ideas for families. This e-book can be purchased through for daily fun activities that make all subjects become more than pencil and paper, moving into the authentic way of everyday life. 48, four per month, ideas that can happen anytime. Around the kitchen table, in the backyard, on summer vacation, everyday within the comfort of family. Each idea can work with multiple ages and needs within a family. Tucked in are lists of family friendly books, recipes, and games.

· New Year family friendly poems quotes and Auld Lang Syne

· New Year family resolutions for 2014

· Happy New Year family activities

R.R. Cratty



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