Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Give the Gift of Family Time!

It’s time to celebrate you, Mom—but after breakfast in bed and that pedicure you’ve been waiting for, don’t you find yourself craving family time again?  The National Center for Families Learning  created the Family Time Machine, a site that’s chock full of activities and ideas for fun family time infused with learning moments, such as Bath Time Bubble Barge, TV Time Machine and Color me Hungry.


TV Time Machine: 
TV shows are sometimes very similar to real life in the way the characters dress and behave. Try using the TV as a family time machine! As a family, watch a show that the children think really shows what their life is like in today’s world. Then go back in time with a TV show that parents think is close to their experience growing up. Discuss how the situations in life and the shows have changed over the years. How are the experiences similar? How are they different?
Talking about TV shows in this way can help family members understand the experiences of others and build a stronger family bond. This also is a great way to practice comparing and contrasting information with details to support what you say.

Bath Time Bubble Barge: Bring some small waterproof toys to bath time and make a pretend car wash together! What would your family name their car wash if they had one? How many different types of vehicles can you list that might come to your car wash? What jobs would each person have at your family car wash?
When you use your imaginations to create a plan for your car wash, you will practice problem solving and explaining your decisions with reasons.

If you are what you eat, how colorful are you? The next time you have a meal together, look around to see whose plate is the most colorful. Take a photo of your plate to capture your dinner rainbow. Which colors do you eat the most often and least often? Which foods change color when you cook them? Is there a color we rarely find in food?
What a great way to practice comparing foods that belong in different categories!  You also will practice explaining why some color categories are more popular than others.

One reader is going to WIN a Family Time Kit just like the one pictured above to help with family fun nights! 
Enter using the rafflecopter form below..good luck! Giveaway ends June 15th 2014. 

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

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