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  • Game : Plan a Treasure Hunt

    Have the kids plan a treasure hunt for the parents! They will have so much fun planning, and watching their plan put into motion. You can go small scale and do your hunt around the house and yard or you can create a more elaborate treasure hunt around town. Have them make a map or list with clues on places and areas they need to go. Maybe there’s a land mark the parents have to find or a small treasure at each location that needs to be found. Or come up with a list of items for parents to find at each location. Have fun together and always remember to treasure these moments.

  • Outing : Plan Something New

    Eat Out…Way Out. As a family make a plan to try something new. Pull out a globe, map or google and pick a nations cuisine you haven’t tried before: Thai, Indian, African, French, Polish etc. Read about that culture and find a restaurant near you that serves that cuisine. Go to the restaurant early, before the evening rush begins, so your family can really take in the atmosphere. Ask questions to the staff and be willing to go outside your comfort-zone. Make this a fun family tradition to try new things in the New Year, the kids will look forward to picking another country and trying new things.

  • Recipe : Plan a Cookie

    Using a simple cookie base recipe, create your own family cookie! Making a plan of what your family likes most, pick add ins like: candies, oatmeal, raisins, dried cranberries, crushed left over candy canes, pretzel pieces, potato chips or even something crazy like candied BACON! You can even break into teams and come up with different cookies and taste test to pick your favorite combination.

    Ingredients:

    2-1/2 cups butter, softened

    2 cups sugar

    2 large eggs

    1/4 cup milk

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    7-1/2 to 8 cups (30 to 32 oz.) all-purpose flour

    4 teaspoons baking powder

    1 teaspoon salt

  • Craft : Plan a Project

    Look around your home and come up with a family project or craft for the home to complete together. Depending on the age of your children and how many family members you have will determine the project. Maybe the fence needs painting, the garage needs organizing, curtains need to be made, shelves/drawers need lining, a bedroom wall needs painting (maybe a mural!), start a garden or maybe a piece of furniture needs to be freshened up. It may be hard work, however making a plan and committing to finishing it as a family is worth it.