1. Start a pride jar. Every time you’re proud of your child, write the reason on a slip of paper and put it in a pretty jar. Encourage the kids to peek in their jars!
2. Learn a childhood game you missed out on during your own childhood. Whether it’s marbles, hopscotch or jacks, learn it along with your kids and play together.
3. Send someone some happiness. Help the kids make up an envelope of confetti, glitter, flower petals, artwork, etc. and mail it to someone who might need a lift.
4. Gather a bunch of colorful fruits and veggies and some toothpicks, and make your own “Dog Food” style critters. Take pictures and then gobble.
5. Play charades.
6. Invent an ice cream flavor. Use vanilla or another basic as your base and then soften it. Mix in your new ingredients and freeze for a half hour to solidify. Be sure to name it!
7. Have a dance off. Put on some great music and challenge everybody to keep dancing. The last one grooving wins the title (and maybe a silly prize).
8. Mix tempera paint with dish soap and let the kids paint a cheerful scene on the windows. Give each child one window to decorate. The soap helps it clean right off with a wet sponge later.
9. Go to an ethnic restaurant together and sample a cuisine you’ve never tasted before.
10. Ask friends and family if you can take clippings of houseplants and start cuttings on a sunny windowsill in fresh water. After they root, plant them and spread them throughout the house. They’ll clean the air, look fresh and pretty, and remind everyone of the loved ones they represent.