June 4th, 2010

Play Charades – Free Fun Fridays

Charades is an oldie, but goodie, and fun for a wide range of ages. Have everyone come up with a range of ideas for others to act out, and write them down on individual scraps of paper, then put them in a container.

Separate into teams, and have one person pull out an idea. The person who drew out the name needs to act out whatever is written on the paper without using words, for their teammates to guess. Give a 2-3 minute time limit for this to be done.

You can keep score based on how quickly each item is correctly guessed, or by the most right guesses made by a team.

If young kids are playing, you’ll need to make sure that the ideas are something the kids will understand. You could even have someone from the other team tell a child who is too young to read what their clue is in a separate room, and hope they don’t shout it out right away. All part of the challenge.

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May 21st, 2010

Go Birdwatching – Free Fun Friday

All you need to go birdwatching is a pair of binoculars, although a field guide to help you identify the various species can be nice too. Head into your backyard, the park or a nature trail and start looking around.

It can be pretty surprising to see the variety of birds you can find in your local area. Kids love seeing birds, especially when you spot a really brightly colored one that you don’t see every day.

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April 23rd, 2010

Watch a Building Being Built – Free Fun Friday

Most kids love watching any sort of construction going on. It could be a house, a street, a high rise, anything. It’s a fascinating process.

If you know of some going on in your area, with a good, safe place to watch for a time, it can be a fun thing to do with the kids. You can talk about what goes into making a building and the different tools and equipment they’re using.

It’s also a good activity to do over time if it’s close enough. Go by once a week or so and see the changes. So long as there’s decent progress it can be pretty impressive.

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April 16th, 2010

National Park Week – Free Fun Friday

I don’t often post time sensitive things for Free Fun Fridays, but I just can’t resist posting that April 17-25, 2010 is National Park Week, and entry to all National Parks is free during that time. It sounds like a lot of fun for the family.

Activities of course vary by park, but there are things you can volunteer for and activities for the kids. Just take a look at the site and see if you’d like to head out to a National Park in your area.

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March 26th, 2010

Bubble Painting – Free Fun Friday

This is a fun way to mess around with the paints your kids already have. Kids like blowing bubbles, after all. You’ll need:

Bubble solution
Tempura paint
Straw
Shallow bowl
Paper
Newspaper or other protective covering for work area

Put the bowl on your covered work area. Pour in the bubble solution and add enough of one color of tempura paint to get to the color you want.

If you can trust the kids to not inhale this mixture, let them blow bubbles until they’re just over the rim of the bowl. If you think they’ll try to drink it or inhale by mistake, blow the bubbles yourself.

Have a child gently place the paper over the top of the bowl. The bubbles will pop and leave color on the paper.

You can repeat this on the same piece of paper with other colors. Just be sure the paper doesn’t get too soggy.

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