By Deborah Shelton,
the author of The
Five Minute Parent:
Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones
a double-decker super long submarine
sandwich that the entire family will enjoy making
and eating together.
Shapes are a fun way to get little ones
to eat their lunch. Prepare their favorite sandwich, and
then use cookie cutters to make stars, hearts, or other neat
your cue from Scooby-Doo and Shaggy: Make
the weirdest sandwich filling combination you can think of.
Don't waste food, though! Only use ingredients that you
really like and will eat.
National Golf Month
your putting technique indoors. Set small plastic cups on
the floor on their sides, and use a plastic club or a real
one to tap golf balls into the cups.
a miniature golf course for a guaranteed good time! Don't
worry about keeping score; just have fun!
National Clown Week
up like a clown! If you don't have any old clown Halloween
costumes, dress as a hobo clown with mismatched and
a face painter! Use non-toxic face paint to create colorful
designs and patterns on each other's faces.
National Smile Week
people smile! Tell a joke; pay someone a
compliment; make a silly face; tell your family 'I love
track of the number of smiles you made
during the week.
a smiley face onto a T-shirt, and then paint the number of
smiles you got, above it. You earned it!
takes 43 muscles to frown,
but only 17 muscles to smile.
That makes it 2.5 times easier to smile!
a picnic in the park. Just relax and enjoy the day with warm
family conversation and togetherness.
or write to family members who live far away, and let them
know how much they're loved and missed.
movies and veg out all day on the sofa together.
through family photo albums together. Remind each
other of the stories behind the pictures.
National Garage Sale Day
garage sales in your neighborhood to find items to build
your collections; children's books; toys; board games;
puzzles (it's okay if some of the pieces are missing-use the
pieces to decorate picture frames and small boxes).
your own garage sale! If your children need a little
inspiration to clean their rooms, let them keep the money
from old toys and games that are sold.
National Tell a Joke Day
a family contest to see who can make up the
silliest; grossest; or most hilarious jokes.
out a joke book at your local library to learn new witty
anecdotes and zany one-liners that will have your friends
rolling with laughter.
National Aviation Day
paper airplanes and fly them around the
a new hobby by building model airplanes together. When
you're finished, suspend them from the ceiling for everyone
on a pair of water goggles; tie a scarf around your neck;
then spread your arms wide, like the wings of an airplane,
and fly around your front yard.
National Gymnastics Day
many continuous cartwheels can you do? Have
a contest with your friends to see who can do the
how well you can walk on your hands...and
About the Author:
Deborah Shelton is the author of The Five Minute Parent:
Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones.
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