TV Spotter

QUICK PLAY Watch your favorite TV show or a movie. Score points as you spot special items! As you sit and watch TV, see who is best at spotting in your family! YOU WILL NEED You won’t need much for this game: A pen and paper to score The list of items to spot...

Cotton Ball Relay

QUICK PLAY Cover your nose in vaseline. Race as a relay team to transfer cotton wool balls from one end of the room to the other! This game is super popular for both kids and adults: brilliant for Christmas and for Thanksgiving. We are playing it this weekend at my...

Pass the Pumpkin

QUICK PLAY Form 2 teams. Pass a pumpkin person to person, down the line. Under your chin, no hands. First team wins. This is a lovely twist on a classic game: great for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Good for kids from aged 8, teens, adults and families. It can be played...

Story Name Tags

This icebreaker is a lovely idea for dinners, house parties and special occasions like wedding anniversaries. My friend Jo Ann came up with it as she celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary. Story name tags will serve as a “mixer” to get the party rolling: a really...

Jelly Baby Mountain

QUICK PLAY A bowl of flour. Balance a jelly baby on top. Take turns to remove a spoonful of flour. Whoever makes the sweet fall must eat it without using their hands. This is a messy game, but one that kids love. Very popular for sleepovers. Suitable for kids aged 7...

How to host the perfect sleepover

Here’s a sleepover we did the other night: it worked really well. We had 6 girls: 12 year olds, to stay. Start time was straight after school on a Friday, about 5.00pm. They finished just after breakfast on Saturday morning. Make Pizzas You will need: Pizza bases /...

How to Ice Cookies

Icing cookies is a kids favorite: it just seems to have all the elements of creativity, messy, fun that children love. Plus they can taste a little as they go, and it’s not a competitive activity. This recipe takes a few short cuts, so you can focus on the fun! I...

Simple Pizzas

Pizza is a lovely food to cook at home, especially with kids. There are just so many combinations to try, and it’s hard to go wrong. Your creation can be as simple or interesting as you like. You will need: Pizza bases / crust – one per person, plus some spares...

Parties by Age

It’s easy to think you need to organise an elaborate party every year for each of your kids. But that’s not really the case, and we’ve found that things are very different in reality. I think the key point here is that you want both you and your kids to grow up with...