Tag Archives: Recreation

Gingerbread Disaster (Potentially)

17 Dec

I’m currently trying my hand at the good old-fashioned gingerbread house!  I haven’t  made one of these in years, so I thought I would reward my end-of-the-school-year efforts with the chance to express my creative side for a bit. Of course, I’m not attempting to build it from scratch–that’s a BIG undertaking for a beginning Gingerbread-House-builder 🙂  Instead I grabbed a kit at Sam’s, and I’ve been playing around with it all night.  

I’m happy to report that after a couple of hours, an entire tube of icing, four “OH NO’S!!,” and finally a cry for extra holding hands from my mom, my house has four standing walls and a roof. Admittedly, one wall is pushed in and I had to overlap the roof edges a bit, but its on!  Woohoo!  After one final catastrophe of the whole thing collapsing inward, I’ve decided to give it the night to cement.  It’s currently being held up with chili and icing cans 🙂

 

Car Games for Children

7 Dec

I’m always surprised at the number of people who didn’t play the Alphabet game as children.  We always started at least one round while on long trips in the car.  

Alphabet Car Game 

Tell the kids to watch out for billboards, signs, anything with letters on it –  if it has letters, it’s fair game. Then the whole family watches out for the letters of the alphabet, one after another.  No two letters from the same sign, and it doesn’t count if you find a letter out of order!  So if that Q came while you were looking for C, you’re just out of luck. 😛

Great game that teaches kids the alphabet in order, helps them practice their letters, and brings awareness to beginning readers of the importance that letters and words play in our lives.  Doesn’t hurt that it occupies their time and results in fewer “Are we there yets” too. 🙂

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