1. Look at me!
Hide and go seek is isolating, teaches harmful anti-social habits, and often results in children remaining clandestinely in trees for years waiting to be found. Look at me! is a fun indoor game that is just the opposite. One person closes his eyes and counts slowly to ten. Meanwhile, the other children huddle around him as conspicuously as they can. Whoever he sees first when he opens his eyes, wins!
2. Slip n’ Slide
Take a piece of tarp at least 25 feet long and stretch it out on your floor. Don’t have a 25 foot stretch of floor in your house? Knock down a few walls! Fill buckets of water from your bathtub and dump them out on the tarp til it’s good n’ wet. Turn on the furnace and set the thermostat to 95 degrees. Wait three days or so for the house to heat up. Boy, now you’re ready now for a little coolin’ off, right? The last two steps are just what you need. Step 1-slip, Step 2-slide!
Mix one pound of ground beef and one pound of ground pork together in a large mixing bowl. Coarsely chop one large onion and combine with the meat. Add 2 teaspoons black pepper, one teaspoon salt, and a quarter cup of Worcestershire sauce. Add one cup of bread crumbs and 2 large eggs to bind, and mix thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees in a greased 5×11 loaf pan for 40 minutes. Mmmm-What’s that smell?!
4. Chocolate fountain
Nothing’s more elegant than a chocolate fountain, but they’re so expensive! Betcha didn’t know you have everything you need to make your own right in your house. Just drain the water from your hot water heater and fill it up with all the kid’s leftover halloween candy (make sure you take off the wrappers first!). Then just turn on the tap and get ready for a sweet surprise! (Great dipping ideas: bananas, pretzels, breadsticks, and, of course, milk!)
5. Hide and Go Seek
What better way to get to know all the secret places in your house? Under the couch. In the bathroom vanity. Atop the ceiling fan. Amidst the foliage of the burr oak in your two story indoor terrarium. ‘It’ doesn’t stand a chance!