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Funshine Library 009: Dixie Cup Towers

Funshine Library 009:  Dixie Cup Towers

It was cold and rainy outside and we needed something to do.  I never dreamed a package of Dixie Cups could cause so much laughter.  My kids are incapable of fake smiling this well....they were having a blast!   How big can you make a tower?   How tall can you make a tower in 60 seconds?   Throw something at it to knock it down.   When you're done, nothing wasted.  The cups go back into the bathroom cabinet.  Have fun! The Funshine Library has kid-tested activities to help you enjoy little moments with your kids.  These activities don't require...

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Funshine Library 008: Sidewalk Chalk...But Better

Funshine Library 008:  Sidewalk Chalk...But Better

My kids remembered this activity from last summer and wanted to do it again last night. It's SO SIMPLE, I just had to share it with you. Keep it in mind when you hear the nails-on-the-chalkboard whining sound of ....I'm bored.  This is easy.  Draw objects in a theme of your choice (we did Under the Sea, but you could do flowers, outer space, sports, or simple shapes). Write a point value next to each drawing. Take turns standing behind a line and throwing a rock or bean bag at different drawings. Add up your score. Play again and again....

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Funshine Library 007: Crayon & Watercolor Magic

Funshine Library 007: Crayon & Watercolor Magic

Do you remember the magical feeling of watercolor painting over white crayon when you were a kid? One of my favorite little surprises for my kids is to leave a secret message in white crayon for them to decode with paints. I believe that these little moments help them grow a genuine love of creativity that hopefully will remain with them for life and provide the joy that it has given to me.  And really...that poor white crayon hardly gets used for anything else. The Funshine Library has kid-tested activities to help you enjoy little moments with your kids.  These...

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Funshine Library 006: Find-It With a Flashlight

Funshine Library 006:  Find-It With a Flashlight

When the weather is cold and it's dark before dinnertime, here's a fun activity that you can do over and over through the indoor months of winter: Find it with a Flashlight. I used Lego guys because we have 10 million of them, you can use any small item that you have multiples. Hide the objects in a room. Turn off the lights. Have the kids search for the items using a flashlight . Kids find flashlights so fascinating. Make the hiding places easier or harder; make the room darker or lighter, based on their age. Try it! I bet...

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Funshine Library 005: Popcorn Games

Funshine Library 005:  Popcorn Games

So much fun with a bowl of popcorn. Giggle-inducing silliness. I love how the simplest things can be so fun. My kids loved every one of these: Who can throw a piece of popcorn the farthest? Standing on a chair, how many pieces of popcorn can you drop into a bowl on the floor? Throw a piece in the air and try to catch it in your mouth. Bozo buckets with popcorn & plastic bowls. One person tosses one piece at a time to a partner who has to catch them in a plastic cup. Now go pop some popcorn...

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