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FamilyFun Big Book of Summer Fun

FamilyFun Big Book of Summer Fun

FamilyFun Big Book of Summer Fun

As soon as school lets out for the summer, there are two words every parent dreads: “I’m bored.” This issue is for every parent who wants to head boredom off at the pass by having a playbook of summer activities ready. Packed with crafts, activities, games, travel, and food, this magazine provides 100+ ideas for summertime fun. It's divided into 4 chapters that cover all the core FamilyFun brand topics—Create, Play, Explore, and Eat.

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United States
语言:
English
出版商:
Meredith Corporation
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the big book of summer fun™

FROM THE EDITORS OF FamilyFun Design Director KIMBERLY MORGAN METZ Contributing Editors MEGAN BOETTCHER, AMY PALANJIAN Contributing Designer KRISTIN CLEVELAND Contributing Copy Editor NANCY DIETZ Administrative Assistant KATIE MORT HOME Executive Editor SAMANTHA HART Group Editor ANN BLEVINS Senior Editor BRIAN KRAMER Senior Associate Editor NATALIE DAYTON Staff Writer JESSICA BENNETT Design Director KIMBERLY MORGAN METZ Group Art Director NICOLE DEAN TEUT Associate Art Director JESSICA ENO Assistant Art Director EMILY BUTTERWORTH Senior Graphic Designer BRITTANY MUELLER Administrative Assistants RENAE MABIE, SUE MILLER FOOD Executive Editor JAN MILLER Senior Editors JESSICA SAARI CHRISTENSEN, MAGGIE GLISAN Senior Associate Editor CARRIE BOYD Design Director STEPHANIE HUNTER Assistant Art Director RAE DANNEMAN Administrative Assistant COURTNEY BUSH Director, Meredith Test Kitchen LYNN BLANCHARD Culinary Specialists SARAH BREKKE, JULI HALE, SAMMY MILA, COLLEEN WEEDEN Senior Food Stylist GREG LUNA Food Stylist KELSEY BULAT GARDEN Senior Editor SUSAN APPLEGET HURST Design Director NICK CROW Administrative Assistant KATIE MORT Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® Manager SANDRA…

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create a summer to remember.

Summer break kicks off with joyful anticipation. You can feel the energy in the air as the kids run out the school doors. Before the excitement begins to fade in the heat, you need a game plan for boredom-busting, memory making fun. This issue is your playbook! Start things off right by creating a summer fun station (page 12) where sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and jump ropes are always ready for action. “Play Ball” (page 38) puts a new twist on backyard games. We’ve included ideas to make it more challenging if your superstars want to take their game to the next level. When the kids need a break from the action, turn to easy craft projects for all ages. “Rainy Day Delights” (page 30) has great crafting ideas for preschoolers and elementary-age…

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get happy together

We often speak of “finding” happiness–as if it’s something we stumble upon, a lucky penny on the sidewalk of life. Actually, it’s an emotion over which we have a fair amount of control. Science is confirming what Dorothy had to go to Oz to discover: Happiness is not somewhere over the rainbow. It’s right in your own backyard. In the pages that follow, we share easy ways of putting positive vibes into action every day, from laughing more to plugging in less. The great news is that introducing your kids to happiness habits is a package deal. “It’s buy one, get one free. You can’t teach these habits without getting happier yourself,” says Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and…

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commit acts of kindness

DECLARE A WEEKLY THREE GOOD DEEDS DAY. Challenge each family member to chalk up a trio of thoughtful acts, then report back at dinnertime. Write down the good deeds and hang the list on your fridge. It also serves as a great reminder to be kind. KEEP A KINDNESS FUND. Donate together to a favorite charity. The bonus payoff: feeling happier than if you had treated yourself. (In a 2007 study, when researchers gave subjects $5 cash, those who spent it for the good of others reported just that result.) To make it fun, decorate a collection jar, set it in a central spot, and be sure deposits are greeted with hearty cheers.…

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laugh a lot

SHARE GOOD JOKES. Along with the cookbooks, keep a few humor compendiums in the kitchen. Two can’t miss titles: Ten-Second Tongue Twisters, by Mike Artell (for ages 6 to 9, barnesandnoble.com) and Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, by Rob Elliott (for ages 9 to 12, amazon.com). ENCOURAGE CLOWNING. Schedule an evening of ridiculous parlor games once a month. Try a funny walk contest, a silly version of Simon Says (“Simon says cluck like a chicken”), or a fictional character dance-off (“Daffy Duck versus the Hulk. Go!”). LAUGH ONLINE. Bookmark links to hilarious kid-friendly videos for impromptu viewings when real-life laughs are in short supply. Find animal clips at cuteoverload.com or give your kids a screen-time assignment to search for the most comical videos on The Muppets’ YouTube channel.…

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jump for joy

TURN IT INTO A RACE. Hold a backyard skipping and hopping competition by placing pool noodles, garden hoses, and other low obstacles across the yard to be hopped over on one foot; the areas between them must be crossed by skipping. Anyone who runs is out. TRY BOUNCY GEAR. Stock up on playthings that encourage joyful jumping. A pair of pogo toys that our testers loved: the Kidoozie Hop & Squeak Unicorn Pogo Jumper, $19.99, learningexpress.com, and the Alex Super Go Pogo Stick, $39.99, amazon.com.…