Family Fun Indoors
Plastic Bottle Bowling
By Jill Dubien of Meet the Dubiens
What You’ll Need: 10 plastic bottles, 10 shades of paint (only 1 is needed, the rest are optional), water, a ball, a glue gun (optional)
1. Remove the caps from ten bottles and clean the bottles thoroughly.
2. Locate paint. We used ten different colors, but you can use whatever you have and create whatever color scheme you wish.
3. Squirt a small amount of paint into each water bottle. If your paint is pretty thick, you'll need to add a small amount (like 1 tsp) of water to each bottle. This will make the paint a little runnier so it will be easier to shake. Don't add too much water (especially if your paint is runny), or your paint won't be thick enough to cover the bottle properly!
4. Put the caps back on all your bottles and make sure they're tightly secured. Shake each bottle vigorously to spread the paint throughout the bottle. The kids loved this step!
5. Remove the caps and pour out any excess liquid. Keep the caps off and allow your paint bottles to dry. We let ours dry overnight. When dry, put the caps back on. If you're worried that your kids will be able to open the bottles, you could use a glue gun to glue the lids back on. I didn't do that, and my kids have never tried to open them.
6. Grab a ball and start bowling!
Family Fun Outdoors
Ice Hanging What You'll Need: Pie plate, Water, Yarn, Nature objects (flowers, berries, evergreen sprigs).
Fill a pie pan with water and line the edge with yarn, making sure the yarn is submerged in the water. Leave the ends of the yarn loose, so you can hang up your project when it's finished. Next, arrange your objects in the center of the pan. You can use fresh or dried flowers, greenery, berries, or anything you like. If the temperature outside is below freezing, set your plate outdoors. Or you can place it in the freezer. Wait until the yarn and flowers are frozen completely into the ice before removing. Once it is frozen, you can remove the ice circle from the pan. (Dip the bottom of the pan in warm water if you need help removing it.) Now hang it up outdoors on a tree, post, or anywhere its beauty can be seen. Watch your creation sparkle in the sun.
Snow Boot Two-Step
This tough-to-master version of follow the leader requires 2 or more players. The leader makes a path in freshly fallen snow. His or her teammates must try to step in exactly the same spots. The object of the game is to make it seem as if only one person has taken a walk through the snow. Can you pull it off? It takes balance and agility! Be sure to bundle up to stay warm and dry.