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  • Game : Play It

    Watch Your Step as you play this silly fun game as a family. All you need to play “What Your Step” is your family, balloons (two per person) and string. Start out by having everyone blow up their balloons and attaching the string that is all the same length to the balloon on one side and their ankle on the other. Then tie one balloon to each ankle.

    Make sure to explain to everyone that if their balloon becomes disengaged from their ankle, then the balloon is fair game. Anyone can pop it and they cannot reattach it. However, they are not out until someone actually pops the loose balloon. Individuals will then try to pop balloons using only their feet to do so when you start the game. The last person with a balloon wins! Now all you have to do is enjoy the madness!

  • Outing : Grow It

    School is out and the family is all home. It’s time to get outside. Let’s plant a garden. Head to your local garden center and pick out some of your favorite fruit or vegetable plants or seeds. Have the whole family get involved in your yard and make an area to garden. Even if you only have a balcony, you can grow fruits and veggies in pots or planters. Set aside time throughout the month to be all together outside taking care of the plants you have planted together. Give everyone a job to do: Someone waters the plants, another family member checks for weeds, someone is in charge of the plant food and take turns being the one to harvest. So get your hands dirty, grow something both healthy and delicious for the entire family. Be sure to celebrate all the stages of growth, the first blooms, the first sight of fruit and enjoy eating what you have labored all summer to create.

  • Recipe : Eat It

    Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

    Ingredients

    10 cups popped popcorn

    1/2 cup sugar

    1/2 cup light corn syrup

    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

    Stir in peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Pour over popcorn and mix until well coated. Press into a buttered 13x9-in. pan. Cool slightly before cutting.

  • Craft : Step On It

    Homemade stepping stones are a great way to personalize your yard and create memories that will last forever. Save your families hand prints or create your own beautiful mosaic work of art. This family fun craft will be cherished for years to come.

    You can purchase a kit at any local craft store. Or you can save money and buy all the supplies yourself. Basically, stepping stones are made by mixing concrete, decorating it, pouring it into a mold, and allowing it to dry. What could be simpler?

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    A mold, you can buy a mold or just use an old cake tins or baking tins work well.

    Quick-setting concrete

    Bucket, for mixing the concrete

    An old spoon or paint mixing stick can be used to stir.

    Rubber gloves, to protect hands

    Old newspaper and a drop cloth, to protect whatever service you are working on.

    Nonstick cooking spray or petroleum jelly. You’ll use one of these to line your mold.

    Mix-in and embellishments. To personalize your stone, you’ll want to add an interesting and colorful embellishment—and, if you’re working with children, you’ll want to offer plenty of options. Possibilities include broken bits of pottery, marbles, small toys, tiles or dice from board games, dried flowers or plant matter, sea glass, glitter, etc.

    How to Make:

    1. Protect your work surface by putting newspaper and/or a drop cloth down, ideally outdoors.

    2. Line your mold or molds with cooking spray or petroleum jelly.

    3. Mix up concrete according to instructions.

    4. Pour concrete mix into mold or molds.

    5. Add embellishments to the top of the concrete.

    6. Allow your stepping stone to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours. Remove from the mold and place it in your garden and enjoy for a lifetime!