November 27th, 2009

Make a Family Cook Book – Free Fun Friday

I know it’s Black Friday, and it’s just about impossible to think about doing free things when there are so many great sales out there. I prefer avoiding the crowds, and so I’m sticking with the Free Fun Friday thing.

This week my suggestion is to make a family cook book. Figure out what everyone’s favorite recipes are. Type them up and print them out.

I like to use a 3 ring binder and sheet protectors so that I can organize my recipes as I like and not worry about the inevitable splashing that happens when I cook.

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November 20th, 2009

Dance – Free Fun Friday

Ever watch a young child dance? It’s fun. They’re just so unashamed.

Why not join in?

Put on some fun music and get the whole family dancing. It’s fun and can be good exercise. Don’t worry about what your kids think. You can even have a silly dance contest to see who can be the funniest while dancing.

Or you can teach your kids whatever you know about dancing. If you’re like me, that’s not a lot, but if you’re a good dancer they might appreciate the practice later on.

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November 13th, 2009

Watch Educational Videos – Free Fun Friday

I came across NeoK12 due to a tweet from MamaByNature. My kids are already hooked – my 4 year old watched a video on subtraction on it and was quickly asking for help on using his fingers to do a little subtraction.

The site contains videos on all sorts of educational topics. Anything too advanced for the kids you can always watch together and discuss. There are plenty of science, math, English and social studies videos to choose from.

It’s not all serious either. My oldest loves the magic tricks section, where videos explain how the tricks are done. There are also time lapse videos, arts & crafts, music and sports videos.

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October 23rd, 2009

Volunteer – Free Fun Friday

Right off the bat, volunteering may not sound like much fun. But not only can it be fun, it can be very educational for the entire family.

With the holiday season coming up, volunteering at the local food bank or soup kitchen is a popular choice. It’s a good way to really help your family to see just how lucky you all are.

Volunteering at a nursing home is another good choice, especially if your kids don’t have grandparents nearby.

Park cleanup days may be an option if your kids are more into the environment. The work can be tedious, but they’ll be able to see results quickly.

There are always plenty of volunteer activities you can do in your area. Just find something that your family is willing to do and give it a try.

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October 16th, 2009

Chalk Art – Free Fun Friday

Get the box of chalk out and start drawing on the sidewalk with the kids. You don’t have to be a great artist to do this one. The kids sure won’t care. You can always sweep it away if you don’t like how your work turned out.

If you’re in an area without sidewalks, you may have a driveway or walkway up to your home that can be used.

You could also just try drawing a game on the ground. Kids love hopscotch, and what’s more classic than a chalk hopscotch game?

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