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Long Weekend Games - August 1, 2017

Packing 101 - August 1, 2017

Camping Treats - July 13, 2017

Cooking with Kids - July 5, 2017


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Monday
Jan152018

Make Every Day Family Fun Day!

Family Days are a great way to create family traditions. It is a day set aside for your family to be together; a day to avoid the hustle and bustle of our daily routines and enjoy the people who matter most, our families.

 

With so many fun things to do together at home or around the city, the possibilities are vast.  You can fill the day with some interesting Science Experiments or Step outside for some outdoor fun.

For our Family Day I put together some heart healthy challenges, In fact we have turned our Family Day into the Findlay Family Fun Challenge. 

 

We picked six categories, some of the sports you will recognize as those that are showcased in the Summer Olympics. Under each sport we have devised challenges to complete. Having been a Physed teacher for a few years and a coach throughout out my teaching career, I did have some resources stashed away. No worries once you see a few of the challenges your memory will come back!

 

What you will need:

  • Waste Baskets
  • Pots and Pans
  • Balloons
  • Racquets
  • Skipping Rope
  • Sock

 

1.  Volleyball

Towel Catch

Practices getting under the ball

Each player gets a towel. Hold the towel loosely between your hands at waist height. Ask your partner to place the rolled up sock in the middle of the towel. Pull your hand apart quickly and watch your sock ball shoot through the air to the other player. 

 

2. Tennis

Sock Toss

Practices the throw before the serve.

Roll your sock up and try the following challenges beginning with easy.

1. Toss to yourself

2. Toss and catch after 1 clap 2 (3,4) times 3. Toss and touch the floor

4. Toss to the left and then to the right, forcing you to move to catch.

 

Play the game

Get two racquets. We us badminton racquets. Use a balloon and start your own tennis game. Learning to score is half the challenge.  http://mitk.squarespace.com/storage/february-2012/Tennis%20Scoring%20Made%20Easy.docx

3. Track and Field

Long Jump

Using tape, measure each family member from head to toe. Challenge each other to jump as long as the smallest to the tallest person’s body. 

Skipping

Many challenges can be created here.

Jump only on your left foot, then only on your right, click your heels, Jump side to side. How many skips can you do in min/40sec/30 sec? Challenge yourself to more. Can you skip while walking?

 

4. Basketball

Hit the Target

Practices passing.

The target can be ‘X’’s on t-shirts or shapes made out of your skipping rope. Throw first from 10 giant steps away then from 20 giant steps away and so on. 

Sink it in the Basket

Get as many rolled up socks as you can find.  Set up your key.  Create a three point line with a rope and practice shooting  your socks from different points beyond the three point line.

Defense

Have a game of player in the middle using your sock ball or balloon.  Remember, when you receive the ball your feet can’t move.

 

5. Baseball

Practices all throws

Stair Toss

Start at the bottom of each stair and throw to each stair. Award points to certain stairs. Throw underhand or overhand.

S.P.U.D. 

Place a small bouncy ball in a sock.  Have each family member group closely tothere.  The person who is it, will throw the ball up in the air and shout the name of another player.  As the ball is tossed, each family member scatters to move away from the thrower.  After the catcher catches the ball, he is allowed to take five giant steps toward another player.  If they are able to touch that player that the other, the non-ball catcher player becomes it and gets the first letter of the word S.P.U.D.  If they are not, they take the first letter of the word S.P.U.D.  The loser of the game is the one who receives all of the letters of the word. 

 

6 Bowling

Set up recyclables in a pin configuration.  Plastic cups or 2 litre bottles make a good set of pins.

 

7. Golf

Use pots and pans to create an indoor course. Par three seems to work well.

You could also get outside for a game of frisbee golf.

 

Twist. The least scoring family or team members are in charge of the Heart Healthy Snack or Dinner. 

It’s amazing how easily you can add on to the challenge and create new challenges under each sport. For example;  you can manipulate sock golf into hit the target by collecting your mixing bowls from the kitchen and making them the basket. You can now go for the slam dunk or cross court dunk.

You can challenge your family members or you can invite other families for the challenge.

Give it a try and I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions. A special thanks to Heart Healthy Kids and theHeart and Stroke Foundation

If the day is too nice to stay inside. Have your bag packed for the day ready for the adventure. A thermos with a hot beverage will keep the family going.

Wednesday
Dec132017

Rice Krispies  #TreatsForToys

 

 

 

It’s official!  With the radio blasting our favourite festive tunes and malls spilling with shoppers, the holiday season is well underways! But between hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there are still many families right here in Canada that will be struggling to provide their children with a gift to unwrap.

How We Can Help

For the fifth annual year, Rice Krispies is encouraging all of us Canadians to fire up our stoves and make a Rice Krispies toy-shaped treat. By posting your gooey masterpiece on social media or on TreatsForToys.ca with #TreatsForToys, Rice Krispies will donate $20 to The Salvation Army to buy a real toy for a child in need.

Get the Kids Involved!

This mom knows how valuable it is to get the kids in the kitchen to be creative and make lasting memories. Making your Rice Krispies toy-shaped treats together will let you teach your children about the importance of giving back to the less fortunate while also letting their imaginations run wild with sprinkles and icing. The best part? You get a delicious treat when it’s all done!

Before We Get to Baking

There’s a fun new challenge that the folks at Rice Krispies have tasked us with for this year: incorporate a moving part to your toy-shaped treat! I was inspired with skates, but maybe I’ll try my luck with the challenge on my next treat. Take a look at the first of my very own #TreatsForToys:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • ·         ¼ cup of margarine or butter
  • ·         1 pkg of regular marshmallows
  • ·         ½ vanilla extract
  • ·         6 cups of Rice Krispies* cereal  (you can use Kellogg’s Holiday Rice Krispies, Rice Krispies Original cereal, Rice Krispies with Vanilla Flavour
  • ·         Coloured icing of your choice
  • ·         Assorted candies of your choice
  • ·         Licorice strings
  • ·         Two large candy canes

PREPERATION:

  • ·         Melt the margarine in a large saucepan over low heat.
  • ·         Add the marshmallows, stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  • ·         Add the remaining ingredients. Stir until well coated
  • ·         Remove from heat and press mixture into greased pan approximately 1.5 inches thick.
  • ·         Once cool, cut out the shape of two skates and four small rectangles.
  • ·         Attach two small rectangles to the bottom of each skate using icing. Attach one candy cane to the bottom of the rectangles on each skate using icing.
  • ·         Decorate your skates using coloured icing and candies of your choice. Don’t forget to lace up with licorice strings!

 

 

 

Monday
Dec042017

Easy Advent Calendars

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Links to full instructions below


1.  Easy Paper Chain Calendar

2.  Spice Tin Wreath

3.  The Easiest Advent Calendar

4.  Trim Santas Beard

5.  Baby Socks Countdown

6.  Muffin Tin Advent

7.  Advent Paper Chain

8.  Painted Popsicle Sticks

9.  Cute Christmas House

10  Shoe Bag Advent

Monday
Dec042017

Keepsake Ornaments

How our tree has grown since the kids have come into our lives.  Each year, as we put up our tree, we take time to look at the ornaments that we have collected over the years.  There is the one we got for a wedding gift, our first home, baby’s first Christmas times two – one pink and one blue.  We have received some ornaments as gifts over the years as well.  There are ballerinas and Legos, drum sticks and running shoes.  Our tree tells a story of us, our family. 

Every time we visit a new or interesting place, we try to pick up a souvenir ornament in the gift shop. It is a great way to remember some of our adventures.  Some years, the kids have made beautiful keepsake ornaments at school.  I also like to make a few at home.  The salt dough handprints are my absolute favourite.  I try to do them every couple of years as the kids grow.   Last year we decorated shells from a trip to Mexico and this year we are making  time capsule ornaments for the year 2013! 

Time Capsule Ornament

You will need:

A clear plastic ornament (available at craft stores)

You child’s school picture

Paper

Small piece of ribbon

Modge Podge

Sponge Brush

I started by helping the kids to write out their memories and milestones from this year – what grade they are in, their teacher’s name, their best friend, favourite book and tv show, trips we took and what they did for their birthday are all  good things to record. You could also print these out on the computer.

I gently took the top off the ornament by squeezing the metal prongs. Then I cut the lines of printed memories into strips and slipped them into the ornament and replaced the top.

MITK Tip:  Buy more than one ornament.  You never know!

I cut the school picture into a circle and painted modge podge on the back to stick it to the ornament.  Then I brushed another layer of modge podge on the edges of the picture and smoothed it out with my fingers.  Once the edges dried, I brushed another coat of modge over the entire photo. 

I topped it off with a pretty ribbon hanger.

Salt Doug Hand Ornament

This is what you need:

4 cups of flour
1 cup salt

Food coloring
Large Mixing Bowl
Water to moisten
Cookie sheet
A little oil
Small rolling pin
A drinking straw
Ribbon
A plate for a guide
Paint to decorate

This recipe will make three ornaments.

In your mixing bowl ~ gradually blend in your flour & salt with water to make the dough. 

MITK tip *Remember to add gradually, because you can always add more water but it is hard to take it away.

Divide dough mixture into three parts, lightly oil the cookie sheet, form and roll out dough. Be sure to make the dough thick enough to form the handprint.

Use the drinking straw to put a hole in the top for the ribbon. 

The best part is letting the kids press their hands into the dough to make their prints.

Place in a 150* degree oven for an hour. Or you can air dry overnight  for 24 hours.

Once dry, paint or decorate as you like. 

Shell Keepsake Ornaments

This is a simple way to keep memories of your family vacations.

While away on vacation last year, we collected shells on the beach.  I tried to find ones with holes in the top to make it easy to hang them on the tree.  When we returned from our trip, I tucked the shells into the Christmas box. 

What you need:

Shells

Ribbon

Sharpie

Sparkly paints

All you need to do to make this holiday ornament is to write the name of the place where you collected the shells and the year.   With writing on the shell, I gave the kids some sparkly paint and had them decorate as they liked.  Last, I tied a pretty ribbon to the top to ready them for the tree.

I hope that you and your family will enjoy creating these ornaments for your tree and that you will continue to add stories as the years go buy.

 

Happy Holidays. 

Monday
Oct162017

Happy Halloween

  Halloween is one of my absolute favourite holidays of the year.  I just love the costumes, the parties, the decorating and pumpkin carving and best of all the little trick or treaters.   Over the years, I have written countless blogs and appeared on various shows sharing some of my best ideas and inspiration with you.  This year, I have assembled some of my favourite blogs and updated my annual lists of pumpkin patches and events.  Look for me on this year on CTV Morning Live and Rogers TV for this year’s latest Halloween tips and tricks.              

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