Sometimes you just run out of ideas. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some simple, fun stuff to do – all you need is a little bit of energy and a sense of creativity!*


  1. Family-Photo Bingo

Improve a child’s memory and help them learn who’s who in your family tree with this photo game. Take nine family photos and arrange them into rows of three, then give your grandchild nine playing cards or checkers pieces to serve as bingo chips. When someone calls out “Daddy” or “Grandma,” the kids cover the photo with the card. Whoever gets three in a row wins.


  1. Sugar-Cookie Pizzas

Even the most domestically challenged chef can pull off this sweet and simple project. Slice several thick cookies from a roll of refrigerated sugar-cookie dough. Gently flatten them a bit on a cookie sheet to widen them, bake, and cool for about 10 minutes. Next, have your little Mario Batali to decorate their pies with strawberry jam or red icing for sauce, shredded coconut for cheese, and red M&M’s for pepperoni.


  1. Bowl-a-rama

Small, empty water bottles and a rubber ball are all you need to transform the family room into a bowling alley — sans silly shoes, of course. Six bottles should suffice for bowling pins; if the bottles fall over too easily, fill them up with a little water or dry pasta for some extra weight.


  1. Barbie Beach Party

Grab a collection of bikini-clad Barbies, beach towels (wash cloths), sunscreen (baby lotion), and perhaps a yacht or two (some Tupperware), and head for some fun in the tub. Hint: most Barbies really dig the diving board (faucet). Our fun add-on: Sunglasses and a tropical beverage (iced juice in a sippy cup) make the experience tantamount to a holiday in St. Tropez.


  1. Mini Car Wash

Gather up the fleet of cars, trucks, and spaceships from the toy box for a detailing job that’ll put your local garage to shame. Load them all into the tub and give them a cleaning with plant sprayers and empty squeeze bottles.




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