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Acorn Pumpkins

Acorn Pumpkins

By Family Fun Oct. 31, 2009 Total Time Needed: 30 Minutes or less Want a festive decoration that won’t clutter up your porch? Try a patch of mini pumpkins small enough to fit in your child’s hand. Materials Acorns Orange acrylic paint Brown acrylic paint Black permanent marker Instructions Remove the caps from a handful […]

Spider Hatchlings

Spider Hatchlings

By Family Fun Oct. 29, 2009 Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours This is one egg that trick-or-treaters will scramble to get away from: an orb of hatching spiders hanging from an entryway ceiling or a door frame.   Materials White glue (we used a 7 5/8-ounce bottle) 2 bowls Plastic spoon Balloon (we used an […]

Frank ‘n’ Friends

Frank ‘n’ Friends

By Family Fun Oct. 16, 2009 Dried citrus rinds give this seasonal squash — and his companions — their un-natural good looks.       Materials Craft knife Hole punch Glue dots Spaghetti squash Two limes Black craft foam Duct tape Toothpicks Large bolts Black permanent marker Instructions 1.  Use a craft knife to cut […]

Beanbag Balls

Beanbag Balls

By Family Fun  Oct. 3, 2009 These totally tossable, squishable balls are lightweight and easy to grip, making them perfect for novice jugglers, beanbag games, or a good old game of catch.     CRAFT MATERIALS: 9 (11-inch) balloons (for 3 balls) Funnel 2 1/4 cups of dried lentils Scissors Time needed: Under 1 Hour […]

Make A Swam of Tumblebugs

Make A Swam of Tumblebugs

By Family Fun Oct. 3, 2009 Set these little critters on an incline and watch them cartwheel a beeline to the bottom. The secret to their antics is a marble rolling around inside.   CRAFT MATERIALS: Scissors Card stock 2 nickels Tacky glue Toothpick Marble (1 for each bug) Black marker Colored tissue paper Glue […]

Spend Time With Kids – Make A Racket

Spend Time With Kids – Make A Racket

By Family Fun Sept. 27, 2009 These rubber band rackets can be used with almost any kind of ball, including a tennis, Wiffle, or beach ball. A foam one is ideal for smaller play areas.             CRAFT MATERIALS: Plastic pipe Rubber bands Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours   […]

Water Balloon Catch

Water Balloon Catch

by Family Fun Sept. 27, 2009 This wet and wacky game is as refreshing as a dip in the pool. On a hot day, even if you drop the ball, you’re still cool.         WHAT YOU NEED: Gallon-size milk jugs (one for each player) Tape Ribbons Water balloons   HOW TO PLAY: […]

Project: Backyard Tepee With Your Kids

Project: Backyard Tepee With Your Kids

  By Family Fun Sept. 20, 2009 Just like the traditional Native American tepee that inspired it, this backyard shelter can be assembled and dismantled in a jiffy.     CRAFT MATERIALS: 9- x 12-foot canvas tarp or drop cloth Measuring tape  Colored marker Scissors White cotton rope Ten 8-foot-long white PVC pipes, 3/4 inch […]

Help Kids Making Learning Fun

Help Kids Making Learning Fun

  By Jackie Fitzpatrick Sep. 10, 2009   When Judy Grigg Hansen saw our recent request for ideas on making learning fun at home, she thought of her father. He had a game for everything,” she says. To reinforce social studies, he would lead his seven children in a round of current-events hopscotch. To teach […]

Jazz Up School Supplies

Jazz Up School Supplies

By Family Fun Sep. 13, 2009 For Jennifer Jones and her 10-year-old daughter, Lauren, getting ready for school each year means spending a few late-summer afternoons getting crafty. The Montgomery, Illinois, pair start by picking a piece of back-to-school gear, then set to work embellishing it. Past projects include covering a white metal lunch box […]

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