Kid Minute to Win It

Do you watch Minute to Win It on NBC?  The first week of school we were still holding tight to summer so one evening we had fun outside playing a couple Minute to Win It games!  We picked two of the simpler games and changed their blueprints a little.  My kids wanted to win a million bucks but they settled for a fruit roll-up and a later bedtime! 

•  some ping-pong ball games: Ping Tac Toe, Puddle Jumper, Blow Ball

pedometer games: Temper Tantrum, Nervous Nelly, Bobble Head

I cut the top off an old sock for the pedometer to stay on the foot.  You can find pedometers at Dollar Tree.

• • More Minute to Win It games that would be fun for kids: A Bit Dicey, Baby Blockin', Breakfast Scramble, Caddy Stack, Cyclone, Floatacious, Keep It Up, Nose Dive, Pop Top • •

Free Owly Comics Downloads

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is in May when artists like Andy Runton, author of Owly graphic novels, have free comic booklets at comic book stores.  This year I planned to have my kids and husband head to the comic book store down the street so we could add more Owly goodness to our collection!  Unfortunately we all forgot since we were preoccupied with a newborn.  Thank goodness Andy is kind enough to share free PDF downloads of Owly FCBD fun!  You can also order FCBD Owly booklets from past years for cheap + shipping (US Media Mail $4.95) from Top Shelf (scroll all the way down)!

Not sure what graphic novels are and if they're right for your kids?  Read Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens on Scholastic's website.  It says "graphic novels have emerged as a growing segment of book publishing, and have become accepted by librarians and educators as mainstream literature for children and young adults—literature that powerfully motivates kids to read."

Mom, What's for Dinner?

These two main dishes are yummy and were eaten at my dinner table without complaints!
Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

 Grilled Pizza Pockets from Real Mom Kitchen