By Deborah Shelton
the cold weather to take a hike, and get ready to have some fun!
Winter Beach Party Bring that fun-in-the-sun feeling into your home
with a winter beach bash. Spread beach towels on the living room
floor; wear your swimsuit and a pair of flippers (why not?); feast
on hot dogs; make castles out of clay and play- dough; and don’t
forget to take pictures!
Winter Word Race Challenge your friends and family to a race of
the minds. Set a kitchen timer for one minute. When the time starts,
write down as many winter-related words as you can think of. The
winner gets a cup of hot cocoa and the chance to choose the next
word race topic.
Balloon Drop Who doesn’t love a good balloon game? Arrange players
in a circle and have them number off. The player with the highest
number is “It”. “It” stands in the center of the circle, and calls
out a number while dropping an inflated balloon. The player with
that number must catch the balloon before it reaches the floor.
If the player catches the balloon, “It” calls another number. But
if the balloon touches the floor, then that player is “It” and the
the Author: Deborah Shelton is a mother, freelance writer, and author
of the brand new book, "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities
for You and Your Little Ones." Visit Deborah's website for more
family-friendly ideas: http://www.fiveminuteparent.com