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For those not-so-serious families who play just as hard as they work…

family fun

 

1 – remote control helicopter – Finally! A remote copter that is easy to maneuver (i.e., kid-friendly) and robust. My boys LOVE these and Steve and I have been known to “borrow” them from time to time.

2 – playchute – Do you remember making parachute tents in gym class when you were little? A smaller version makes a fun family gift and is easily stored in a closet or under a bed. Great for indoor or outdoor play.

3 – Hape coffee maker – I’m a huge fan of the Hape brand. The kids love the fun, pretend play toys and I love the quality and affordability. I have my eye on this coffee maker for Mabrey. She can make hers while I make mine.

4 – Bounce-Off game – Perfect for family game night! Simple instructions and a fast pace keep everyone’s attention.

5 – sport stacking – Our fireplace and this game are the two things that got us through last winter. Sport stacking requires hand-eye coordination, speed and concentration. Many schools have implemented the sport. There are even world stacking tournaments! Beware: IT’S ADDICTIVE.

6 – SingStand karaoke system – After scoring a speaking part in a recent school performance, Everett asked for a microphone. This one looks promising.

7 – Blokus – For quiet play. Steve and I even sneak in games after the kids are in bed. (It reminds me of moving furniture around on floor plans.)

8 – doctor set – Um, any game that requires me to lie down and be still is fun. Funny story: The first time I pretended to take Mabrey’s temperature, I told her she had a fever and was burning up. She heard “burning” and immediately stopped, dropped, rolled and pretended to cry. Now, when anyone plays doctor with her and she takes their temperature, the diagnosis is always the same. YOU’RE BURNING! …as in, on fire.

9 – The Book with No Pictures – It’s the one book you will read to your kids without wanting to skip pages. Hilarious.

Work hard, play hard, folks.

image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

6 Comments

08.December.2014

Thank you for this list! I was coming up empty with ideas for my 7-year-old son. These are fantastic!

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09.December.2014

That Mabrey story is TOO CUTE!!!
It’s funny how they take things so literally sometimes…: )
Happy Holidays!!
Leah

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10.December.2014

My son has just taken to calling his milk “Coffee” or “Tea” to be like us. Just a heads up; if the green coffee maker is a bit intense for your decor Pottery Barn has them on sale right now in white. I think the mixer may find it’s way under our tree this year.

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/wooden-appliances/

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replied on December 10th, 2014

Ooooh, thanks for the link!

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13.December.2014

We have the microphone for our girls, and they like it a lot. It’s nice.

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replied on December 14th, 2014

Thanks for the feedback! I think I’m going to tell Santa about this microphone ;)

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