The Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Games

Road trip games: playing tic-tac-toe in the car.
Road trip games are a lifesaver, whether you're trekking cross country to sight-see or simply cross-county to see the grandparents, you're a college student on a butt-numbing quest to see how many states you can pin in a single weekend, or you're simply idling in traffic on the way to the airport.

Sure, you can flip through Facebook or have the kids watch Frozen for the 1,000th time, but why not use some of that road time to have a little fun while fostering a deeper connection with your fellow travelers?  Continue Reading

The Envelope Game: How to Have the Best New Year’s Celebration of All Time

The Envelope Game | A New Years Printable

Usually at the end of the year, I'm left thinking: “Holy cow – that was fast! How has another year gone by already??” That's not the case this year, which is rare. These past twelve months have felt pretty long, and I'm totally ready to switch gears and hop into 2018 mode. I'm looking forward to welcoming in another new year, and to celebrate, I'm sharing with you this New Years printable game called The Envelope Game. Continue Reading

Summer Living: How to Throw an Amazing Backyard Movie Night

There's something uniquely romantic about watching a movie outdoors. While drive-in theaters are uncommon these days, you can still experience a movie under the stars by setting up your own outdoor movie theater for a backyard movie night.

We've put together a list of everything you need for an amazing backyard movie night, from the best outdoor projector to the ultimate movie snacks. Once you have everything you need for your outdoor movie night, you'll be all set to make it a regular summer tradition.  Continue Reading

Sew It! DIY Travel Checkers in a Bag

DIY Travel Checkers Board in a Bag

To me, summer is all about getting outside, especially as a family. Whether you're planning beach days, pool parties or barbecues this summer, you can play your favorite games outdoors with this simple way to make a DIY checker board that quickly contains the game pieces in a drawstring bag! 

 

Sew It! DIY Travel Checkers Board in a Bag

Although this is a sewing tutorial, it's not an overly complicated one. The hardest part of this DIY is feeding the string through the sewn section of the bag to create a drawstring, and it just takes a little elbow grease. Continue Reading

11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

Whenever my husband and I are entertaining outside (which is a lot!), we like to have games to keep our guests having a good time. There are the classics like frisbee and football, but how fun are these game ideas? The giant Jenga? I'm sure that's a crowd-pleaser!      

 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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DIY Cornhole Game via Lovely Indeed 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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Giant Bananagrams via Constantly Lovestruck 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
photo: Jared Smith

DIY Flamingo Ring Toss via Sugar & Cloth 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
photo: A Beautiful Mess

Giant Jenga via A Beautiful Mess 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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DIY Patriotic Ladder Golf via Mom Endeavors 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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DIY Matching Game via Studio DIY 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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Pastel Horseshoe Game via Design Love Fest 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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DIY Kerplunk Game via All Parenting 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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DIY Twister via Design Sponge 

13 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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Balloon Darts via My Good Morning 

11 of The Best DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties
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Handmade Croquet via At Second Street 

 

 

 

 

Make It: DIY Wooden Gradient Blocks

created at: 07/05/2012

Whether used as a learning tool for kids or simply as a decorative coffee table or bookshelf object, these DIY wooden gradient blocks are easy to make — and gorgeous!    

 

created at: 07/05/2012

For kids, these blocks are a great way to introduce and learn about colors, color tone and gradation, and hue matching. For the home, well, they just look pretty! Merrilee Liddiard from Mer Mag shares all the details for creating these gradient blocks over on Handmade Charlotte.

Make It: A Free Printable Jigsaw Puzzle of the U.S.

created at: 07/03/2012

Puzzles are fun, learning is fun, and hey, it’s the Fourth of July: why not make a jigsaw puzzle of the U.S.??    

This printable map and jigsaw puzzle template is a fun activity for kids that just might teach them a thing or two about geography as well. (BONUS!) I love the idea of creating “question” flags to help them identify important places, too. Check out the how-to and download the free printable templates over on Mr. Continue Reading

Curbly Gift Guide: 20 Awesome Gifts for Geeks!

created at: 11/02/2011As a robot collector, video game player, and graphic novel reader, I’m not afraid to let my geek flag fly!  Chances are there’s at least one grown up geek in your life, too.  Here are a few of my favorite picks for celebrating them this holiday season.  Happy gift giving!   

 

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1. Pac-Man Oven Mitt

2. Pac-Man Cookie Cutters

3. Porcelain Robot

4. HTML For Babies

5. Ambidextrous Keyboard Tray

6. Geek Statement Socks

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7. Robot Nesting Dolls

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Make It: A DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game!

created at: 08/31/2011

Kids of all ages (and even kids at heart – I’m lookin’ at you!) will get a kick out of this colorful DIY memory game!  

Summer may be winding down, but the party (and popsicles) can go year-round with this cute twist on the classic memory matching game.  Amy Moss, the talented designer and blogger behind the popular blog Eat Drink Chic, kindly created this tutorial and FREE download for our amusment.  Thanks, Amy!

created at: 08/31/2011

For this craft project, you will need:

  • Smooth white letter-sized cardstock (x2)
  • Popsicle sticks (x12)
  • Craft / Xacto knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting board
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Color printer

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, head on over to Eat Drink Chic for the full tutorial, game instructions, and free popsicle printables!

Make It: The Best DIY Kids Activity Ever!

created at: 06/21/2011

For whatever reason, nothing seems to make kids happier than playing with water, especially during the summer!  Here’s a great DIY activity project that will a) get them outside and b) keep them there (not to mention keep them entertained for hours).  

Known as a “water wall” this interactive toy is a great way to use up old containers and other miscellaneous junk while at the same time creating a stimulating outdoor activity for your kids.   Continue Reading