FamilyFun February - March 2016

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sharing the love

I fell for FamilyFun long before I was lucky enough to join the magazine last summer. In fact, I’ve been a reader and a fan since my son, Jason, now 9, was old enough to hold a pair of safety scissors. Even though I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone, I also know we’ve had plenty of days where it’s stayed blessedly still. Those are the moments for which this magazine is made, and this issue is no exception. From adorable rope crafts (page 20) to pancake recipes the kids can make (page 44), each story offers a new way for your family to slow down and create something amazing together. We have a few new features to introduce you to as well, including “Nest,” a section dedicated…

ultimate faux cones

EXTRA-BIG IDEAS FOR YOUR EXTRA-FUN FAMILY 1. Heat oven to 350°F . Set 10 flat-bottom ice-cream cones upright in a muffin tin, using aluminum foil to keep them in place. 2. Make your favorite boxed cake mix per box instructions. Fill each cone ¾ full with batter. Bake until centers set , 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool . 3. Blend 4 cups prepared frosting and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar to make a very stifficing. Spread it on the cupcakes and shape into a tall mound. 4. Place about ½ pound of rock candy into a zip-top bag, squeeze out the air, and seal. On a protected surface, with a hammer, pound the candy into pieces. Pour the pieces into a bowl, then roll the iced cupcake in them to cover . 5. Wrap the…

the tooth fairy’s going rate at our house is …

Two sparkly dollars, a tiny note, and a tiny receipt in a little bag under the pillow. Our fairy, Rainbow Juniperglimmer, enters through a tiny door and leaves a dusting of glitter everywhere she travels. Sometimes she leaves a little gift, like new toothpaste, floss, or mouthwash! Tina HallLouisville, KY Age in dollars for the first tooth, 50 cents each after that. Robin SmithMarion, KY Higher when the male tooth fairy is working instead of the female tooth fairy. Melissa ParsonsPenn Yan, NY An encouraging note and a book or a pack of stickers. Honi Bean BarrettMontpelier, VT A golden dollar for each lost tooth. Plus, Grandma always makes the kids a toothshaped pillow with a little pocket in it to hold the tooth. Sheena TelfordFarmington, NM Money from other countries—always a few different coins.…

good reads

1. Charlotte’s WebBY E. B. WHITE 2. Amelia BedeliaBY PEGGY PARISH 3. Cloudy With a Chance of MeatballsBY JUDI BARRETT 4. A Wrinkle in TimeBY MADELEINE L’ENGLE 5. Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryBY ROALD DAHL 6. The Giving Tree BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN 7. Nancy DrewBY CAROLYN KEENE 8. The TwitsBY ROALD DAHL 9. Ramona Quimby, Age 8BY BEVERLY CLEARY 10. The Doll PeopleBY ANN M. MARTIN AND LAURA GODWIN 11. Stuart LittleBY E. B. WHITE 12. The View From SaturdayBY E. L. KONIGSBURG 13. MatildaBY ROALD DAHL 14. The Spell of the Sorcerer’s SkullBY JOHN BELLAIRS…


Ginger tea! Grate some fresh ginger and put it in a teacup of boiling water. Cover the cup with the saucer, and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Strain out the ginger and add a little lemon and honey. Marci SmithWalden, NY I make garlic soup, because it’s a natural antibiotic. The recipe is simple. First, bring 8 cups of chicken, beef, or vegetable broth to a slow boil. Meanwhile, sauté 1 chopped onion and 7 minced cloves of garlic in olive oil. When the broth starts boiling, add the onion and garlic mixture. Then let simmer for about an hour. Enjoy! Jennifer StumpSeaford, DE We’re big fans of elderberry syrup as a preventive measure. Bethany Soares New Bedford, MA We make hot black tea with a dash of cinnamon. Aspen…

get roped in!

dyed dog leash Spray bright fabric paint onto thick cotton rope for this mod leash. 1 In a well-ventilated space or outside, cover the workspace with plastic or newspaper. Clamp one end of a 7-foot piece of ½ -inch cotton rope with a binder clip, and string it up to a tree branch or dowel, so your child can paint all around it. 2 Let your child spray the rope with nonaerosol fabric spray paint in his favorite colors. Make sure he wears gloves and old clothes—this paint won’t come out! Let dry completely (at least three hours). 3 To create the handle: Bend one end of the rope into a 6-inch-long loop. Use hot glue to attach the end to the body of the rope (an adult’s job), then wrap the overlap with…