Here’s a few ways to make some magical memories with your kids this week…
1. Ask the kids if they’d like to do a fundraiser for Japan. The boys in one family donated their age in dollars and challenged their friends and family members to do the same. Kids can also start a penny drive with their classrooms, organize a bake sale through church or clubs or even start a lemonade or hot cocoa stand in the front yard (careful, some communities get a little crazy about permits even for children these days). Kids can even go on a hunt through the house for loose change to give and then choose which charity to donate it to (here’s a list of organizations that are helping).
Want an easy way to remember the first 7 digits? Just think of “How I wish I could calculate pi…” (the number of letters in each word corresponds to the first numbers in pi: 3.141592).
3. Go puddle stomping. No puddles? Go in search of some or find something that needs a good washing and make some.
4. Do you have any trees that need spring trimming? Try to find some and them make fairy looms. Head over to Moment to Moment for the wonderful tutorial.
5. String tiny Christmas lights above the dining room table or around the kitchen and eat supper to the twinkling lights.
6. Use blankets, bedsheets, scarves and silks to transform the living room into an island, forest or other magical place. Then make up a story together of what adventures await you. Dress the kids up if they like, too!
7. Make some geode eggs. Suite 101 has the fun (and educational) tutorial on how to make these sparkling treasures.
8. Take part in the Red Swing Project. The whimsical project anonymously hangs red swings in under-utilized public places. They’ve installed the swings all over the world and say, “ one swing can turn a vacant lot into a park.” Head to the website to see pictures and to find their DIY information.
10. Serve foods that can be used for edible creations during dinner. Mashed potatoes are good for volcanoes and gravy makes great lava. Asparagus spears make great bamboo forests and broccoli florets are classic trees and bushes. Involve the kids in brainstorming about other fun and healthy props to cook up! Take pictures before they gobble them up.
Have a magical week!