by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
Take advantage of longer summer nights by setting aside a few game nights. It’s more fun than simply watching TV or disappearing into computers. Have your kids invite some friends over and get everyone in on the fun.
- For little kids play I Spy Preschool Game, Go Diego, Go, Operation: SpongeBob Edition, or a game of War with a dozen decks of cards.
- For older children bring out the Monopoly, Pictionary, Scrabble, or Gin Rummy! Teach them new games like Hearts, Hand & Foot, or Pinochle, or even Dominos! If you’ve forgotten how to play yourself, just do a quick search online and get a refresher before you start.
- Get a really large (5000 piece) puzzle and work on it during the week. Set a family goal of completing it before the end of the week. Get a large piece of cardboard to work on so it can be put away (under a sofa, etc) when you need the table space. Once it is finished, you can glue the back to the cardboard and put it up in your family room as a reminder of your teamwork.
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