FamilyFun April 2017

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sweet talk

When your Italian grandmother lives right downstairs, you’re pretty much guaranteed to develop a serious love affair with food. In our house, every holiday, every weekend, and practically every day revolved around what we were going to eat. Easter was no exception: We’d have the traditional ham with beans and potatoes—plus a side of ravioli. Coming together around the table is one of the most special parts of being a family, which is why FamilyFun is dedicated to bringing you the yummiest reasons to gather. This year, we’re celebrating the sweet sides of Easter (page 26) and Passover (page 54) with impossible-to-resist desserts. And we even have advice for raising your own little foodie on page 42—you know, just in case you don’t have your own Italian grammy to help! LET’S…

fish out of water

EXTRA-BIG IDEAS FOR YOUR EXTRA-FUN FAMILY Tip AIR PLANT 101 Tillandsia are easy! They get nutrients through their leaves from indirect sunlight. Weekly, submerge it in water for 15 minutes (don’t soak the flowers), invert, and place in a colander to dry before rehanging. WHAT TO DO 1. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. 2. Roll your clay into a sphere the size of a Ping-Pong ball. You can also roll together two colors for a swirled effect, or mix or press in glitter. 3. For a squid: Press a ball of clay onto your thumb, like a lollipop, then press into a cone around it; pinch the top and sides into triangles to complete the head and fins. Press in beads for eyes. For a jellyfish: Do the same, but gently shape…

the silliest compliment my child has ever given me was...

“I’m really going to miss you after you get old and have to go live in a home.” Allison FieckeBuffalo, MN “Wow, Mom. I was holding my breath to eat your food, but I actually kind of like it.” From my darling 6-year-old daughter! Adrien RobertO’Fallon, MO “Mom, you’re so squishy, like a bowl of jelly.” Said in the most genuinely loving voice ever. Julie NealonCongers, NY “I love it when my mom...wears pants.” She filled in this question for Mother’s Day! Lisa WiseAlvin, IL “You’re probably the best dishes doer ever, Mom!” Annette M.Hayden, ID When I was wearing a pair of pointy gold shoes for a party, my daughter said, “Mommy, you look like a beautiful oompa-loompa!” Fran GrebensteinLake Hopatcong, NJ HAVE MORE FAMILYFUN ONLINE! We want to hear from you! Show us your projects…

laughter is the best medicine

FamilyFun is uniting with our sister brand, Parents, to bring you Dare to Care, a new initiative designed not only to help kids develop humility and empathy but also to get them excited about giving back. As part of our commitment, we’ll regularly share stories of everyday kids who are making a big difference. To kick off the campaign, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Max Chwatko and Alex Travin— aka the Comedy Kids—two 8-year-olds from Westchester, NY, who’ve found a powerfully effective (and hilarious) way to help children with cancer. Check out their story below! (P.S. Do you know an amazing kid who deserves to be featured in our pages? E-mail us at letters.familyfun@meredith.com.) How they got started Last year, Max’s sister, Scarlett, 6, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and…

get the show on the road

Looking for a non-screen alternative to keep your kid busy? This beautiful Vroom Vroom Car Play Mat has pockets for each vehicle and rolls up into a compact bundle you can throw in your purse. Reinforced stitching, washable materials, and the handmade design mean it’s made to last. Ages 3 to 9 ($56; handmadehappinessbyruth.com) WRITING WITHOUT RULES Budding writers and artists will discover endless inspiration in this new book from creativity educator and FamilyFun contributor Emily K. Neuburger. Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity With Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking is a guide filled with writing prompts, exercises, and crafts to inspire self-expression in kids and adults alike. The book gives your thoughts a direction—it’s up to you to decide where it goes from there. ( $17; amazon.com) A Safer Social…

bye-bye, birdie

WHAT TO DO: To create four penguins, halve two bananas. Cut dried apricots into feet and a beak for each bird. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips according to package directions. Stir in 1 Tbs. vegetable oil. Dip each banana into the chocolate, then place it on a parchmentlined baking sheet. Add white chocolate-chip eyes and use a toothpick to dab on chocolate pupils. Use more melted chocolate to attach the beaks and feet. Place the penguins in the freezer until the chocolate is set, about 25 minutes.…