Wordstir Family Game

Wordstir Family Game

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Wordstir Instructions

Give clues to get your family to guess the word on each card. Crossed-out words are off limits! Don’t miss out on the fun: Subscribe to our monthly kits to receive new playing cards each month.

Time: 5 min+   Players: 2+

Rounds: 1 min per card. The game ends when each person has taken the same number of turns and there isn’t an equal number of cards per player left. When the correct word is guessed, the other person or team starts their turn. If no one guesses the word, or an unsayable word is used, the card is either lost or goes back into play, depending on the number of players.

Scoring: If someone guesses your word, you earn a point. The person or team with the most words guessed correctly by others wins!

Turns:

2 people: One person draws a card and tries to get the other to guess the word. Losing a card will be on the honor system. Roles are then swapped.

3 people: One person draws a card and tries to get the player on their right to guess. The next person will give the clues to the player on their right, and so on. The person sitting out each round keeps the time and buzzes if a forbidden word is used.   

4+ people: Divide into teams. One player from Team A selects a card and tries to get their teammates to guess the word. Team B will keep the time and must buzz Team A’s clue-giver if a banned word is used. Team B draws the next card and the roles are swapped. If there is an odd number of players, someone on the smaller team will be the clue-giver twice.

Pick Up Activity

You can look forward to some excitement with your special Compact Cutlery Set. Enjoy your meal even more with your very own fork, spoon, and pair of chopsticks. Take your pack with you anywhere you go. Not only does it hold the tools you need to eat your food, but it’s reusable (and good for the planet!).

Need some practice with your new chopsticks? No worries! We’ll have you mastering them in no time. First, find some (or all) of these items from around the house. Anything small or easy to grasp will do.

  • Erasers
  • Cereal
  • Candy
  • Buttons
  • Jewelry
  • Fish crackers
  • Tiny toys or doll pieces

Next, put all of the items into a pile between you. Then get ready to pick them up. Fastest wins!

Newspaper Cone

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For about 100 years, store owners served warm food like Fish ’n Chips in scraps of newspaper, which were inexpensive and easy to find. Now we know that it isn’t healthy to wrap food in real newspaper, but with a little creativity, we’ll help you craft a safe and modern version of this classic seaside delight.

How to Make a Newspaper Cone

  1. Fold the newspaper in half diagonally and cut a matching piece of parchment paper to lay on top.
  2. Take one of the corners on the longer side, begin to curl it inwards, and line it up with the short corner at the top of the triangle.
  3. Place a piece of double-sided or rolled tape on the outside of the cone and continue rolling over the tape. Use one last piece of tape to secure the outer edge of your Newspaper Cone.
  4. Serve your Bristish-Style Potato Chips or your Fish ’n Dip in your Newspaper Cones! You can download more Newspaper Cones to print at kidstir.com/newpapercone.

Need help solving the puzzles? Here’s the answer key.

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Loteria

Loteria

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Who knew learning a language could be so fun?! Have a blast with the whole family and learn Spanish at the same time by playing a Mexican BINGO-style party game called ¡Lotería!

HOW TO PLAY
  1. Cut out each individual ¡Lotería! card on the first page, shuffle and gather them into a deck, then lay them face-down on the center of the table.
  2. Cut out the game boards and give one to each player. Make sure everyone has a unique game board before starting the game.
  3. Reveal one ¡Lotería! card at a time as you would call out numbers in BINGO.
  4. Use dried beans or small bits of brightly colored paper to mark your game board when you have a match.
  5. When you fill your entire board, call out ¡Lotería! to win the game!

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Make a Dream Catcher

The Ojibwa were the first Native Americans to use dream catchers. They believe that the night sky is filled with good and bad dreams, and when a dream catcher is hung over the bed, it snares them. The good ones pass through the openings, but the nightmares get trapped in the web only to be destroyed with the rising sun. Many other tribes and cultures have adopted this comforting tradition, and lucky for kids, dream catchers are easy and fun activity to make together. Our instructions are for a simple dream catcher, but feel free to encourage kids to add beads, craft feathers, and other decorations you have on hand.

What you’ll need:

  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Felt
  • Craft glue

What to do:

1. Remove the outer ring of the embroidery hoop. Set aside. Wrap the inner loop with yarn. (You can also paint it if you prefer.)

2. Cut a 3- to 4-foot piece of yarn. Knot one end to the hoop. Roll the remaining length into a small ball or bundle (it makes the yarn easier to manage).

3. To make the web, loop the yarn around the frame every few inches until you reach the starting point. At each point, go over the top of the hoop then wrap the yarn around the tight strand you just created. That will help anchor the loop in place. Continue weaving the yarn around the strands, pulling them tight as you go. You can follow a pattern or just do it randomly! When the web is complete. Knot the yarn and trim the ends.

4. Make the tails. Cut several lengths of yarn. Cut small and large feather shapes out of felt. Cut circles and other shapes if desired. Sandwich one end of yarn between two feathers. Glue to secure. Decorate with additional feathers or circles as you like. Knot the other end to the bottom of the hoop. Repeat with the remaining pieces.

5. Tie a loop of yarn at the top of the hoop, then hang your dream catcher over your bed.

Craft projects are among kids favorite activities that also teach life skills, including 1) following directions 2) concentration, 3) motor skills & 4) patience.

Napkin Folding Fun

Napkin Folding Fun
Dress up your table with these silverware pockets! (See helpful visuals and print by clicking the “Download Here” link above.)

  1. Place a folded square napkin on the diagonal.
  2. Pull one layer down.
  3. Flip the napkin over and fold in the two sides.
  4. Turn it over again and fill with silverware.

Check out our handy Table Setting Guide too!

Grow Plants from Veggie Scraps

Don’t throw those vegetable odds and ends into the compost bin just yet. They’re a kids’ science experiment waiting to happen! Follow the instructions below to get started with a few common veggies. No matter which you choose, be sure to rinse it well, change the water every few days, and then transfer it to a pot with soil once the roots grow.

Sweet Potato Cut a potato in half and submerge the bottom half in water. (You may want to insert toothpicks to suspend it over a glass.) Roots and leaves should appear in about two weeks.

Beets Cut about half an inch from the top, leaving the greens attached. Trim the greens so there’s just about a half inch of stem. Place the beet top in a shallow dish of water. Shoots should appear in a few days.

Celery Trim a bunch of celery a few inches up from the bottom. Place in a shallow dish of water. Roots and shoots should appear in about a week.

Green onions Cut the tops off leaving the white bulbs. Submerge them in water (just the bottom half), and you’ll have new sprouts in a few days. They’re fast!

Encourage the kids to track their plant’s growth with our printable plant journal pages. And when they’re ready for more, try growing plants from seeds

Cheat Sheet: Healthy Eating for Kids

 

Helping kids make healthy food choices doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute created a simple way for kids to eat smarter: Just apply these categories: Go, Slow, or Whoa. The goal is to eat a lot of Go foods, some Slow foods, and just a few Whoa foods over the course of the week. Use the guide below to get started, then download and print our five-day food tracker so kids can see how their choices stack up. If they notice that their Slow and Whoa categories are bit on the long side, have them take up up the challenge again and see if they can do better the next week. It’s all about making small, incremental changes so don’t worry if you don’t see those Whoa foods totally eliminated. That’s not the point anyway. Treats are perfectly fine once in a while…that’s what makes them treats! Here’s to healthier eating for the whole family!

WHOA: Stop and think before you eat! Whoa foods are very high in sugar, fat, and/or calories, and often don’t have many vitamins. Consider them once-in-a-while treats.

Things like: soda, candy, cake and cookies, regular chips, ice cream, and fried foods

SLOW: Foods you can eat sometimes—like two or three times a week. They tend to be higher in sugar, fat, and/or calories than those in the Go category.

Things like: burgers, hot dogs and other processed meats, baked chips, crackers and pretzels, 100-percent fruit juice, pancakes

GO: Foods you can eat anytime! They’re low in sugar, fat and/or calories, and they usually have lots of vitamins and minerals. Try to eat as many different Go foods as you can!

Things like: fruits and veggies, dairy, eggs, whole-grain foods, water, lean meats and fish, beans and nuts

Have even more healthy-eating fun and play Superfood Bingo at the grocery store! Your kids will see just how many yummy Go foods there are!