February 26th, 2010

Tour a Free Local Historic Site – Free Fun Friday

Most areas have some sort of historic areas that you can take your family to for free. It may be a memorial, an Old Town section, old homes, etc.

Take advantage of these and teach your kids a bit about the history of the area they live in. It’s a bit more immediate than what they learn most of the time in school, and that makes it more interesting. And have fun doing it!

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February 19th, 2010

Play Hangman – Free Fun Fridays

Playing hangman can be a really great family activity, especially as kids start learning to spell. You can take turns deciding who picks the words and who guesses the letters. Both are good for young spellers.

According to Wikipedia, those who don’t like the concept of drawing a hanging man sometimes switch to drawing apples on a tree, then erasing them as guesses are missed.

There are online versions of hangman as well, but I really prefer the interactive side of playing it in person.

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February 12th, 2010

Build a Domino Course – Free Fun Fridays

Do you have a box of dominoes? Pulled it out lately? It might be time to build a dominoes course and let one of the kids knock it over.

Building a course without knocking it down is pretty challenging itself. Kids love to help build them, but of course aren’t always careful enough. Be ready to just laugh off the frustration if things fall down at the wrong time.

Make sure you aren’t building it someplace where someone is going to knock a domino over just accidentally, and that the surface is pretty stable. Accidents happen but you probably want to minimize the frustration when you’re trying to just have fun.

Get creative in your building process.  You can make the dominoes course go over steps, drop from a height onto a lower track, and of course go all over the place.

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February 5th, 2010

Build a Card Tower – Free Fun Fridays

Building a card tower is challenging, but it can also be a good way for kids to work with their fine motor skills and just plain have fun. One deck of cards is plenty for most purposes, but if you really get into it all you need is more decks!

Building a card tower takes a lot of patience, especially if a family pet or sibling comes and accidentally knocks the whole thing down just as you’re getting things going or are almost done. You want to pick the place you start working very carefully.

If you’ve never built a card tower, there are plenty of tips online. Just do a search and you’ll soon have a pretty good idea for how to get started.

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January 29th, 2010

Cook a New Recipe Together – Free Fun Friday

While cooking isn’t strictly a free activity, odds are it’s money you would have spent otherwise, so this one at least doesn’t cost anything extra.

Pick out a new recipe that is age appropriate for you to make with your children. You can get a kids’ cookbook from the library if you want, or buy one if this is something you’ll do regularly enough. And of course there are plenty of kid friendly recipes to make online.

Make it fun or make it part of  a regular meal, whatever you want.

Cooking is a great way to teach kids about fractions and other bits of math, in a way that isn’t so intimidating. It can also teach them about responsibility, especially if your child is old enough to start cooking on the stove with you.

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