Where is Madagascar? Is it actually a country or just a movie? Our family loves to pretend to visit different countries and various states…and Madagascar caught our eye. First, we checked out a couple of books about Madagascar from our local library. These books gave an overview and help us see what we want to […]
Meet Marco Polo at Dinner Tonight!
At the local swimming pool you hear “Marco” and then an answer of “Polo” across the pool….and thus goes the traditional hiding game, Marco Polo. There is now an app named after him that lets us send short video clips of our activities and locations to our friends and family. It left me wondering about […]
Singing in the … Kitchen?
I was taught a fun lesson by my children about the power of music. After dinner dish duty is a must in our home. A couple of my older kids turned it into a jam session. They’d sync their electronic device to a speaker and just sing. It was a fun bonding time for them. […]
Family Dinner Trip to Washington State!
Switch up your family’s monotonous routine with a quick dinner trip to Washington State! Kids become full of inquisitive questions when the centerpiece changes from salt and pepper to the Space Needle and a volcano! Here are some ideas of how to accomplish a fun evening in the simplest way: Drop by the library and […]
Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New Year! I came across an article in Newsweek about how the Chinese New Year got its beginning– Who is Nian? The Mythical Beast that Ate Children and Started Chinese New Year. Reading the article was all it took for me to find a red table cloth, a dragon, a lantern, and a […]
Island Paradise – Family Fun Activity
Does your family need an escape from the real world? How about visit an island? A little pretending will revive and renew the smiles at home… Go to a pretend island paradise for dinner. Decorate your kitchen/table with whatever “islandish” stuff you have around. ..leis, shells, bright colored paper, etc. We did splurge and buy […]
Breakfast for a President
I found a neat, older book called George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz. The whole book is about a little boy who is trying to find out what George Washington ate for breakfast. He goes to great lengths to figure it out. The book was fun to read with my little daughter and her reading […]
There’s No Place Like the Kitchen Table
Much of what I do as a mom is centered about the kitchen table. I decided to let the table help me teach without saying a word. We have done variations of this in the past, but it has turned into something more. I have a large cereal box on my table that has become […]
Joseph Smith’s Birthday
Joseph Smith restored Christ’s church back to the earth in 1830. His birthday is December 23rd so it is a perfect thing to lead up to Christmas. We like to set an oil lamp in the middle of the dinner table (a single candle would work as well). We turn out the rest of the […]
Imaginary Trip to the Holy Land
A tradition we have during the Christmas season is to go back to a simpler time for an evening in the Holy Land. The night centers on the Savior. Where was He born? What did He wear and eat? How did He act? What did He teach? Here are some ideas of how the evening […]