1. Make flower fairies. These Family Fun magazine creations play off one of our all-time favorite craft projects, the Beadle dolls from the Family Fun Craft book, by teaming up the basic body – a wooden bead for the head, pipe cleaners for limbs and torso, and embroidery floss for hair – with faux flowers and wings. Adorable. (If you’ve got non-fairy-loving kids, make mad scientists instead, using neon green embroidery floss for the hair and white felt for “lab coats.”)
2. How about a game of golf… on the driveway? Use sidewalk chalk to plan a course. Tape cups to the asphalt as “holes” and break out the plastic golf clubs, Swiffer or whatever impromptu clubs you’d like to use.
3. Make your own beach checkers set, using a plain bandana, fabric square or even a white beach towel. Mark off squares in an 8×8 pattern and color them in with fabric markers (or regular ol’ markers, if you’re not planning to wash this … ever), then make two sets of 12 checkers using modeling clay, salt dough or flat stones, and a little paint.
4. Hopscotch is a classic outdoor game, but why stop at the usual 9 or 10 squares when you can use a variation? Heck, the original Hopscotch courts were 100-ft. long. Break out the sidewalk chalk and invent your own version.
5. Build a skyscraper. Raid the recycling bin for cardboard boxes. Stack them, break out the markers and start “building.”
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