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  • Game : Raise Your Game

    Bring the family together to raise your trust game! You will need a few supplies: heavy weight string, something wound with a hole in the center and random found objects. First you’ll need a circular object -a large binder ring works great. You also need some heavy weight string (yarn won’t work because it stretches). Cut about 2 lengths of string per family member, each 10 feet long. Now, just loop them through the binder ring so that the free ends of string dangle. (Fold the string piece in half, thread the middle loop through the binder ring, and pull the loose ends through the string loop.) Lay the contraption on the floor with the strings sprawled out in a starburst fashion.

    The idea is that each family member will hold a loose end of two pairs of strings while standing in a circle and altogether they will lift- which causes the ring in the center to rise up. They must focus on keeping the string taut and the center ring level, because you are going to place objects on that ring to be lifted!

    Now, you want to start off easy! Start with a ball that will sit fairly steady on the center ring. That makes the first attempt a little easier. As you lift you will have to talk to each other and keep lifting at a steady pace. After any failed attempt have talk about it. What went wrong? What could we try next? When you get that first object lifted, try something harder. Try a cup next and then try it upside down. When you successfully lift the cup I add something sitting on the cup. Keep finding things around the house, make it harder each time.

  • Outing : Let’s Go Fly a Kite

    When was the last time you went to the park/beach and flew a kite? You’ll need to work together and trust one another to get a kite off the ground. Find the kite you have stored in the shed, build your own or grab one from the dollar store. Pack a lunch and head to your local park to enjoy time together as you reach new heights as a family. Work together and trust each other as you wait for the wind to be just right. Listen to everyone’s ideas, let everyone have a chance to be “in charge”, remember to be encouraging when it’s someone else turn to hold the string. Try to have everyone get a chance to succeed at getting the kite to fly.

    Be sure to talk about what worked and what didn’t, what was everyone’s favorite role in flying the kite, and what it was like to trust each other and work as a team.

  • Recipe : Salty Sweet Pretzel Snacks

    You can’t just eat one of these easy to make snacks! Take ingredients you probably already have, and make your family their new favorite treat.

    Ingredients:

    1 cup creamy peanut butter or cookie butter

    60 waffle pretzels

    1 package of chocolate candy coating or almond bark

    Sprinkles

    Directions:

    Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Line with 30 pretzels, spread peanut butter on pretzels (about a teaspoons worth). Top with another pretzel. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.

    While you wait for the pretzel bites are chill, melt candy coating in microwave, using package instructions. Dip the pretzel bites halfway into the melted chocolate and place back on baking sheet. Then add sprinkles. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to set.

    Enjoy these sweet nuggets of salty yumminess. They won’t last with how delicious they are. However, if by chance you have left overs, store in an air tight container at room temperature.

  • Craft : Shoot for the Stars Galaxy Slime

    Call Mission Control and let them know we have lift off! Create this fun slime that will provide hours of family fun together.

    Supplies:

    Purple, blue, and pink food coloring

    Purple glitter (fine glitter works best)

    Elmer’s clear glue

    Sta-flo liquid laundry starch

    Small bowls (3)

    Plastic disposable forks

    Directions:
    In each bowl add 1/2 a cup of glue, 1/2 a cup of water, purple glitter, and food coloring. Stir each bowl, then add 1/2 a cup of laundry starch to each bowl and stir again. It may look gross in the beginning, but it’s not ruined. Keep going. It takes a few minutes to fully form. If you think it’s too gooey, try letting it sit for about five minutes. Knead each color individually until you get the perfect slime texture. Once the three colors of slime are stretchy and no longer cloudy, it’s time to mix them.

    Star kneading and twisting the colors together, creating your perfect swirling galaxy. The more you play, the more galaxy like it will be. Store in air tight container and enjoy.