Take a break and get outside!


In the spirit of Labor Day, take a break and get outside! That’s what we’re doing this weekend (various BBQs and picnics mixed in with some meetings and work, actually…). If you need a little inspiration, we’ve linked up to some of our favorite previous posts for whole family activities.

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The World Didn’t End, Time to Finish Your Shopping

From Jezebel.com, “First Photo Out of Australia After the Mayan Apocalypse: It’s Not Good” — Just kidding. Christmas is still on!

To no one’s surprise at all, the world did not end, although I find the above photoshopped creation quite hilarious. Today we’re just rounding up all our recommendations in one single post. For most web shopping, today is your last day to get in orders for guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery (depending, of course, how much you are willing to bleed for overnight shipping – you may be able to push this back to tomorrow). This weekend look for our Last Minute Gifts – the Hail Mary of gift-giving, also known as the homemade gift certificate. Actually I delight in homemade certificates, but we’ll get to that on Sunday.

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Gift Guide: Christmas Ideas for 6-Year-Old Twins (K’NEX, UNO, Jenga)

K’NEX Ferris Wheel set on Amazon.com, a possible gift for a 6 year old girl this Christmas

Gift Guide is the series in which we respond to reader requests for recommendations – generally but not always for gifts. Today we are responding to this letter from Facebook fan Nicole:
Hello Fair Play! This Christmas I am giving toys to a pair of six year old twins (a girl and a boy). I prefer to give toys that have educational value and my budget is approx $40 per child. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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Game Night: Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples Jr is a creative and fun game for the whole family

I have a lot of cousins (and children of cousins). Often it is these far-away relations that can present the greatest challenge in gender-fair gift giving. It’s easy to get sucked into perceiving age and gender as the two constraints on your giving when you don’t know the passion du jour of the child in question. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the Fair Play Cousins, but do I know what each one of them is most excited about or interested in right now? Nope. No I don’t, and I don’t harbor a lot of guilt about that. Instead, I try to stick with gender-fair, age-appropriate books or games with broad family appeal as well. As I’ve said before, games are great for all sorts of development, and are also family-friendly. So, when Fair Play Supermom asked for a recommendation for a Fair Play Cousin turning nine soon, I suggested Apples to Apples Jr.

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Game Night: Five Crowns

Five Crowns, available on Amazon.com

Family game nights can include games of all varieties. We’ve covered a team game, an individual game, and now we’re going to tackle a card game. Five Crowns is another popular standby at our family game nights. It is a card game that combines gin techniques in five suits and two decks. I’ve told you before that our family game nights can get a little rowdy, and that’s true with card games as well, but if yours is a more subdued game night, Five Crowns should fit right in.

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Game Night: Scattergories

Scattergories, available on Amazon.com

Family game night is a fun, all-ages activity. If you read the first post in this series about Taboo, you’re becoming acquainted with my family’s penchant for games where we can get a little rowdy. This post is no exception, though I think you’ll find Scattergories is also well-suited to the quieter thinking types.

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Game Night: Taboo

Taboo, available on Amazon.com

Taboo is hands down my family’s favorite game. That is saying something because we are a family of game nights! Taboo was a great game when we were kids and it’s still very fun and a regular standby at our grownup game nights. That’s the great thing about the game – with a few modifications, nearly any age can play and enjoy the game.

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