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  • Game : Match Game

    (See crafts below to create your own giant outdoor match game)

    Don’t we all love a good memory match game? Kids of all ages can play and of course parent can even get a little competitive playing. But lets take this tried and true family game and make it HUGE. Create your own large scale outdoor match game. (See instructions in craft section)

    Once you’ve made your mega Match Game tiles, head to the yard (maybe even your front yard, invite the neighbors to play!) or head to the local park and play. This memory game is played exactly the way the small version is played. To play, lay out your tiles in a 5 tile by 5 tile square. Take turns flipping over tiles, if you match you get to keep playing. No match, flip tiles back over and it’s the next players turn. This game can be played all summer long and taken anywhere: the beach, camping, the park, family picnics and at home.

  • Outing : Camp Out

    It’s summer!! Time to dust off your tents and sleeping bags and go camping as a family. Book a local camp site and get outdoors as a family. Listen to the crickets and watch the fire flies. Not able to get a reservation, if you have a backyard, you can still go camping as a family?! Pitch a tent in the yard, pull out the sleeping bags, light a fire in the fire pit and sit around and tell fun stories. If you don’t have a yard, no problem! Clear out the living room and camp right there. Build a tent out of sheets, pile on the pillows and have family time all night. There is no excuse to not change things up and go camping. Either in the great outdoors, your back yard or your living rooms. It’s about being all together and creating a memory.

  • Recipe : Brownie Batter Dip

    Who said all dips have to be savory? This easy recipe will become a family favorite and a must bring to all your summer gatherings.

    Ingredients

    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

    1/4 cup butter, softened

    2 cups confectioners’ sugar

    1/3 cup baking cocoa

    1/4 cup 2% milk

    2 tablespoons brown sugar

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    M&M’s minis, optional

    Animal crackers, pretzels and/or sliced apples

    Directions

    In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, milk, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. If desired, sprinkle with M&M’s minis. Serve with dippers of your choice.

  • Craft : Mega Match Game Tiles

    Every game is more fun when it’s big and played outside! You’ve seen big Jinga or Yatzee, but have you seen Mega Match Game?! This simple project will turn into a full summer of family fun.

    What you’ll need:

    12×12″ Cork Tiles (24 or as many as you like, but keep it an even number)

    Spray Paint (if you want to use stencils)

    Paint (if you want to free hand paint your designs)

    1 Sheet 12×12″ Card-stock (to make shape stencils or you can free hand paint designs)

    X-Acto Knife

    Painter’s Tape

    Paper, Drop Cloth or Other Way to Protect Your Workspace

    Pencil

    Lay out cork tiles on a protected surface in a well ventilated area. Paint one side of each tile with the same design, this will be the side of the tile that starts out face up. They all need to match. Create a design of your own or maybe do everyone’s hand prints on each tile. Just make sure they match as much as possible. Once dry flip over and create matching pairs. Paint the something on two tiles. It can be as simple as match shapes and colors or elaborate designs. Here’s a blog with printable stencils if you need a creative inspiration: https://studiodiy.com/2013/07/30/diy-giant-lawn-matching-game/