How to Host a Family Game Show Your Kids Will Love

Does your family like to play along with game shows on TV?

Think you know everything there is to know about your kids or your spouse?

Looking for a way to channel sibling rivalry and competition into something more positive?

Then come on down! You and your kids are the next contestants on Family Game Show—Valentine‘s Edition!

In this article I’ll show you how to host your own game show to quiz your family’s knowledge of each other in a fun and lively competition your kids will love.

Host a family game show to quiz your knowledge of each other in a fun, exciting and lively matching competition your kids will love.

Why Have a Family Game Show?

Game shows are filled with things kids love: they’re fun, they’re exciting, they’re lively and fast and loud.

Game shows provide a friendly way to pit players against each other—even brother vs. sister or parent vs. child—on an even playing field where kids (or anyone) can test their knowledge or skill.

And they have fabulous prizes!

The Family Game Show lets you turn all that’s appealing about a TV game show into a fun family activity you can stage in your own home. And this version will do something extra: it’ll help players learn more about their loved ones and give your family new ways to show appreciation for each other.

Here’s how…

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How to Stage a Sword Battle With Your Kids, Percy Jackson Style

Want to bring the mythical world of Percy Jackson to life in your own backyard?

Do your kids turn anything they get their hands on into a weapon?

Here’s a sword that won’t hurt.

This one won’t turn into a pen, but you can use it to stage an epic battle of good vs. evil, hero vs. monster or just kids vs. Dad.

In this article I’ll show you how to make an inexpensive (and safe) sword out of PVC and pool noodles so you can duel with your kids. Recreate battles from Percy Jackson and the Olympians books or make up your own family sword-fighting adventure—you and your kids will have lots of fun either way.

Bring the mythical world of Percy Jackson to life in your own backyard using an inexpensive (and safe) sword out of PVC and duel with your kids.

Why Stage a Sword Battle?

Heroes and their swords are a classic theme in adventure stories—from King Arthur and Excalibur to Luke Skywalker and his lightsaber and even Percy Jackson and Riptide. Sword battles have been used in literature and movies throughout time to represent the struggle and eventual triumph of good over evil.

And as long as kids have been picking up sticks from the ground, they have been staging their own versions of these fantastic battles of will and swordplay. It’s even better when Mom or Dad plays the role of the big ugly monster!

It’s great fun until someone gets hurt.

They won’t get hurt with the padded sword I’ll teach you how to make below, so you can let your kids’ imaginations run wild. All you need is a little time, some inexpensive supplies and a space to do battle.

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How a Bouquet of Notes Makes Saying Thanks Fun for Kids

Want to teach your kids to show gratitude and affection in a unique way?

Would you like to give a special someone something special?

Make an appreciation bouquet! It’s a quick and easy way to show people you care about just how much they mean to you.

In this article, I’ll show you and your kids how to fill a cup with compliments and make someone’s day bloom with joy.

Learn how you and your kids can fill a cup with compliments and make someone's day bloom with joy with a handmade appreciation bouquet.

How Can You Make Saying “Thank You” Meaningful?

Like most parents, you teach your kids the common courtesy of saying “please” and “thank you.” But sometimes you want to say “thanks” in a bigger way than words alone.

A card or thank-you note is a great way to convey your heartfelt gratitude, but sometimes you want to give something more substantial. Flowers make a great impression, but they’re expensive and so short-lasting. What’s a grateful kid to do?

A bouquet of notes lets you combine the sentiment of a card and the beauty of a bouquet, but it never wilts and it can be enjoyed for years to come. An appreciation bouquet is a moving, special gift, especially when given by a child.

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5 Dangerous Projects You Should (Probably) Let Your Children Do

Do your kids test their limits… and scare you to death?

Is it difficult to let go and let them learn things, the hard way?

Merriam-Webster defines adventure as “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.”

In this article, I’ll share five adventures that encourage parents like you and me to say “yes” and let our children learn by taking risks.

I gleaned them from Gever Tulley’s book, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).

Learn how to prepare your kids for the real world by teaching them the difference between true danger and mere risk.

Why Let Kids Do Dangerous Projects?

At what age would you feel comfortable letting your child use a sharp knife?

Before you answer that question, consider the risks of using a sharp knife; for example, small cuts and scratches or even deep wounds. Then start from age 2 and keep going up until you’re sure you could hand your child a sharp knife without having to say, “Be careful!”

If the thought of exposing your children to the slightest dangerous situation makes you shudder, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Most parents wouldn’t dream of putting their children in harm’s way, at least not on purpose!

Unfortunately we live in a dangerous world.

As a parent, you must teach your children to navigate their way around dangerous situations to avoid a potential tragedy in the future.

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How to Create a Fun Family Fitness Frenzy With a Deck of Cards

Got some competitive kids?

Looking for a fun fitness challenge the whole family can enjoy together?

Grab a deck of cards and amp up family game night or any time with this fun, easy and active exercise game.

In this article I’ll show you how a simple deck of cards can get your hearts racing and turn your living room into a premier fitness club by playing 52 Pickup Fitness Frenzy.

Discover how a simple deck of cards can get your hearts racing and turn your living room into a premier family fitness club with 52 Pickup Fitness Frenzy.

Why Play 52 Pickup?

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “52 Pickup”? I remember losing a card game and hearing the victor scream that phrase as he launched the cards in the air and ran away, leaving me to clean them up.

We all love to play games, but who wants that kind of memory associated with playing cards or family game night?

I’ve got a version of 52 Pickup that trumps those old negative images with fun, fitness and family togetherness.

52 Pickup Fitness Frenzy is a fun competition to enjoy with your kids. Choose your favorite activities and then pick up the cards to prompt the game’s play. Everyone who picks up the cards is a winner.

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How to Help Your Kids Make a Top-Secret Time Capsule for Their Future Selves

Do your kids ever wonder what they’ll be like when they grow up?

Are they obsessed with time travel (or at least intrigued by the idea)?

Do their jaws drop open when you tell them what life was like when you were a kid?

Until someone invents a time machine that works, today’s adventure is the next-best thing to time travel. But hang onto your seat: This adventure won’t be over until your child has his birthday—10 years from now. (Trust me, it’ll be worth the wait!)

In this article I’ll show you how to help your kids create a top-secret time capsule that their future selves will treasure for a lifetime.

Help your kids create a top-secret time capsule that their future selves will treasure for a lifetime.

Why Make a Time Capsule?

Time capsules are a fantastic way to take a slice of the present and preserve it for the future.

Today’s adventure offers an opportunity for your kids to reach out to their future selves. What might your 10-year-old daughter say to her 20-year-old self? What special memories will that 20-year-old girl uncover when she opens the birthday time capsule from her younger self?

Make a time capsule and find out.

I buried a time capsule once. Have you? When I was 12, my twin sister and I buried one on our farm.

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How to Help Your Kids Document Their Best Moments of the New Year

Want to teach your children to appreciate life a little more?

Looking for a meaningful New Year’s project your family can do together?

Journalist Harlan Miller once said, “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”

In this article, I’ll show you how to do just that.

Make a family jar of joy. It’s a simple way to see the good things in life; to prolong the feeling of celebration and festive holiday cheer throughout the year.

Make a family jar of joy, a simple way to see the good things in life; to prolong the feeling of celebration and festive holiday cheer throughout the year.

Why Make a Jar of Joy?

We’ve all heard the expressions and received the advice: “Count your blessings,” “Think positively,” “Find the good in every day”… But the busyness of family life can make this hard to remember or put into practice.

Make a jar of joy and fill it with mementos from happy events and notes about positive things that happen to your family throughout the year.

Your jar will provide a tangible reminder to look for the good in life and an instant mood boost anytime someone in your family feels blue. Just open it and read some positive thoughts.

At the end of the year review the contents and remember all the good times you’ve had. It’s a simple way to bring your family closer together.

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How to Live an Adventurous Life With Your Kids in Six Easy Steps

Do your kids crave adventure?

Would you like to live an incredibly adventurous life with your kids?

Are you willing to burst out of your rut to live it?

It’s not that complicated. Living a life of incredible adventure is something that anyone can do.

The problem is most of us overthink it. We spend too much time talking, planning and worrying about outcomes.

The key is to “just do it!” Just go after those things that inspire or even challenge you, and experience them with the people you love—like your kids.

In this article, I’ll share six tips I gleaned from Bob Goff’s book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, which inspires ordinary people like you and me not to just dream about doing things, but to step out in faith and start living life to the fullest.

Discover six tips gleaned from Bob Goff's book that will help you have more family adventures and live an adventurous life with your kids.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

The theme of this book is love. Not the kind of love that stops at fuzzy thoughts and feelings. But the kind that takes action and makes an impact. This kind of love is not safe. It’s risky and beautiful and makes you do stuff.

The reason why Goff can speak of love and living incredibly at the same time is his own faith. His understanding of how God loves people empowers him to live a life of full engagement, adventure and excitement.

Regardless of your own beliefs, Love Does shares valuable lessons to help you live a more adventurous life with your family.

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12 Fun Christmas Gift Activities for Kids

Do your children disappear as soon as the last present is unwrapped?

Dreaming of a Christmas day doing fun activities as a family?

If only there was a way to tie up togetherness with a bow, or fit fun (and inexpensive) family activities into a stocking.

There is a way! The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web to find 12 perfect pastimes that can be packaged up and presented under the tree.

In this article, I’ll show you how easy it is to give the gift of time spent together with a dozen ideas for fun-filled activities. Pick one your kids will love, print it out, package it up and play!

Make the holidays memorable and create something together with your kids. Find an activity your family can do together that can be packaged as gifts.

Why Give Activities as Gifts?

What do your kids really need from you this Christmas?

Their lists may be filled with overpriced electronics and noisy plastic toys, but half of those will probably be abandoned before the ball drops on New Year’s and the other half may cause your children to abandon you to a beeping screen.

A gift that would strengthen your family’s relationship and create fun memories without breaking the bank would be so much better. I’ll show you how. It’s easy.

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How to Get the Scoop on Fun Family Stories: Investigative Reporting for Kids

Do your children ever wonder what kids did for fun before video games existed?

Would they love to dish the dirt on their dad’s antics as an adolescent?

Or discover connections and commonalities between themselves and folks four or five times their age—or more?

You can help your kids become family history reporters and uncover secrets and surprises of the generations before them.

In this article I’ll show you how to turn your next family gathering into an information treasure hunt where your kids collect intriguing facts about their relatives and create a news video to share their stories.

How to turn your next family gathering into a treasure hunt where kids collect intriguing facts about relatives and create a news video for their stories.

Why talk to Grandma? A new way to relate.

I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite childhood memories include listening to my father and his four brothers tell stories about growing up on the family farm.

Our family picnics and holiday meals were filled with laughter as they told us about their scavenger hunts and adventures.

Do you have similar memories?

Do your kids?

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