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Fun Easter Activ-ities

POSTED ON April 17, 2014

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Spring is definitely in the air and all four of the kids are so excited for the upcoming Easter Weekend!  It’s Ruby’s first Easter and we can’t wait to gather with extended family to share in the fun of egg hunts, egg coloring and  lots and lots of candy activities!   Help curb the sugar and keep the kids moving with some of the Powell Pack’s favorite outdoor games and bonus  -  adults of all ages will enjoy these too! :-)

1. Easter Egg Hunt: Get a few extra steps in there for each child by having them hunt for a specific color of egg, and the child who finds all the eggs of that color wins. Since the kids will be looking for a particular color, they’ll run around a lot more! Bonus: the little ones like Cash can practice learning their colors. Hide one “golden” egg for each child to keep them hunting a little longer too!

2. Easter Egg Roll:  After or instead of an egg hunt, get everyone involved in an egg roll! The first one, or team, across the finish line using a spoon, their hands, their feet, or even their noses wins. This is a favorite of Matix and Marley!

3. The Easter Bunny Says:  Put an Easter twist on the traditional Simon Says, and watch everyone break out in fun and laughter as they all compete to be the last one standing.

4. Musical Chairs: Gather everyone around and pull out some fun music and let the competition begin to see who will get a chair first. Younger children like Cash can even be the music man.  If you have lots of children of varying ages, play in groups to ensure everyone has fun and little ones don’t get squished :).  Ruby is already strategizing with Chris on how to get the most people out the fastest!

5. Egg Relay Obstable Race: To add variety to the traditional egg relay race, have the kids transport multiple eggs (one at a time) during their turn, relay an armful of eggs back and forth between teammates, and go through, over, under, and around obstacles. If they drop any eggs, they have to start over.

6. Active Eggs: Write down different activities on slips of paper and put them in plastic eggs. Set a timer, have the kids choose eggs and complete the activities in the eggs. The child who completes the most activities before the timer rings wins. Here are some ideas: do 10 jumping jacks, do 5 burpees, hop on one foot 10 times, do 5 push-ups, do 5 sit-ups, do 5 crab walks, do 5 bear crawls, run around the yard once, etc.

We have loved these games in the past and can’t wait for this weekend to play again as we celebrate. Check out this video of some of our past Easter fun!

If you have any ideas for fun and creative Easter activities, share them in the comments below.

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Fun Easter ACTIV-ities

POSTED ON March 29, 2013

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Tis the weekend for Easter gatherings and family fun! Here are some great activities that will keep the kids—even the adult-aged kids—active and happy:

1. Easter Egg Hunt: For a variation on the traditional hunt, have each child hunt for a particular color of egg, and the child who finds all the eggs of that color wins. Since the kids will be looking for a particular color, they’ll run around a lot more! Bonus: the little ones can practice learning their colors.

2. Easter Egg Roll: The 135th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held this year, so if you haven’t already done so, why not add this tradition to your Easter celebration? The kids can roll their eggs towards the finish line using a spoon, their hands, their feet, or even their noses.

3. Bunny Hop: In addition to the Bunny Hop we all know and love, try a Duck Waddle, or a Chicken Strut (make sure your ducks and chickens wiggle their tail feathers!), or a Jelly Bean Jiggle, or let the kids come up with some ideas.

4. Duck, Duck, Goose: Incorporate this well-known game into your Easter celebration. The kids will run around a lot, and the name is already Easter-friendly.

5. Easter Bunny: Put an Easter twist on the much loved Red Rover game by changing the traditional call to “Easter Bunny, Easter Bunny, send [child’s name] a running.”

6. Egg Relay Race: To add variety to the traditional egg relay race, have the kids transport multiple eggs (one at a time) during their turn, relay an armful of eggs back and forth between teammates, or go through, over, under, or around obstacles. If they drop any eggs, they have to start over.

7. Active Eggs: Write down different activities on slips of paper and put them in plastic eggs. Set a timer, have the kids choose eggs and complete the activities in the eggs. The child who completes the most activities before the timer rings wins. Here are some ideas: do 10 jumping jacks, do 5 burpees, hop on one foot 10 times, do 5 push-ups, do 5 sit-ups, do 5 crab walks, do 5 bear crawls, run around the yard once, etc.

Hopefully these ideas will add more fun to your Easter celebration and keep everyone moving and active. If you have any ideas for fun and active Easter activities, please let us know!

Easter Baskets Loaded with Fun, NOT Candy!

POSTED ON March 22, 2013

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Chris and Heidi Powell's Candy Free Easter Baskets - Learn more at http://HeidiPowell.net/971

Candy-free Easter Baskets filled with lots of activities and fun!

Easter is right around the corner! You know what that means…tummy aches for the entire family from WAY TOO MUCH candy. While we sure do love that furry little creature that hops around late at night to hide those protein-packed, decorated ovals, he’s always gotta totally counteract the goodness of the egg by leaving sugar-loaded baskets for all of us to gobble up.

What do we do about this? I say we help the Easter Bunny out  (as well as our teeth and blood sugar levels) by shopping for some sugar-free, but totally fun, alternatives to fill the baskets!

Here are a few fun things Mr. Rabbit will be dropping in our kids’ baskets on Easter morning…

1. Several sizes of Knobby Bouncy Balls ! Purple and Green knobby ones that are easy to grip and a smaller red one perfect for a toddler! There are so many games you can play with a ball that get the kids moving and burning off that energy.

2. Books filled with challenging Mazes Mats and Mad Libs – Keep them thinking and encouraging those creative minds!

3. Mechanical Pencils in fun patterns and designs – Always sharp and perfect for completing your activity books. These are a must have!

4. Mini packs of Playdough – Who doesn’t love playdough? These smaller containers allow you to take it on the go and not have such a big mess to clean up! Mr Rabbit found a Fun Dough Stack Pack 5

5. Rubberband Glider – Fun for all ages! You can assemble these glider planes and spend some time outside in the fresh air flying them around.

6. Mega Bloks – Skylanders Giants – Get your kids off of the video games and playing with their hands with complimentary toys to their favorite games. Megablox (similar to Legos) has fun activity sets for one of Madix’s favorite games, Skylanders.

7. Mini LEGO Packs – For just a couple of dollars, you’ll find all kinds of fun Lego packs perfect for stuffing inside an egg or just tucking in the basket. Lots of varieties for both boys and girls!

8. Coloring Books – Ideal for spending time at home or taking along on the go. Just add crayons, Sparkly Markers or Colored Pencils. For Cash, we also found Washable Triangular Crayons perfect for young toddlers just learning to write.

9. Crayola Color Wonder Disney Cars Coloring Book and Markers – If you panic at the thought of turning your child loose with markers, you’ll love Color Wonder products! They only work when you draw on the special paper, avoiding the extra markings on your countertops and tables. And, you can’t go wrong with anything from Disney’s Cars Movie for little boys!

10. Mickey Mouse ClubHouse Board Books – Help your little ones learn their numbers, colors, shapes and more with fun sized board books. This 12 pack has them perfectly sized  for tucking in a diaper bag too!

11. Red Foam Ball – Smaller and bright. Ideal for an almost 2 year old to play along with the family!

12. Easter eggs filled with Goldfish crackers – We found some larger eggs and put a treat of Goldfish crackers in there. Look for more healthy alternatives of your sugary or fatty snack favorites. We picked BAKED Goldfish crackers.

13. Bubbles – You can never have too many of these! They’ll ensure hours of fun!

14. Barrel of Monkeys – Look for compact games that can do double duty! We love that you can play this game with 1 person or with several.

15. Magnetic Alphabet – Great for helping little ones learn their letters and new readers learn to spell. They’re also great for leaving a surprise message for someone special on the kitchen fridge! :-)

16. Sidewalk Chalks – Another easy and inexpensive way to get the kids outdoors and playing. Not only can you color pictures, but you can draw a hopscotch, 4 square and more to play games with the neighborhood.

17. Quick draw/erase board – We love this small portable size. It’s great for traveling in the car and you never run out of paper!

18. Discovery Journal – Loved this darling journal (From Michaels Craft Store) that comes complete with a compass (great for learning how to tell directions on our family hikes) along with a tracker for animals and other wildlife you see on a walk. You could even make your own trackers for things in your neighborhood.

19. Critter Case, Butterfly Net and Magnifying Glass – 3 must haves for exploring nature!

20. Angry Birds Uno Card Game – Fun twist on an old favorite. Card games are great too for taking along on a car ride without taking up a lot of space.

21. Glow Sticks – Loved these fun glow sticks that included a little Easter topper. They’re perfect for turning an evening hike into a fun adventure as the kids carry their glow sticks. Mr Rabbit also discovered the fun packs of Glowsticks Bracelets that also are perfect for playing night games in the backyard.

22. Dressing up with your favorite Disney Princess or character – Gloves, a Purse, some jewelry and such will keep Marley entertained for hours and feeling like a princess!

23. Nail Stickers – Fun little accessories for girls! Stick-on fingernails that give instant color and patterns without worrying about nail polish spills.

24. American Girl Self Inking Stamps, Sticker Pad and Glitter Pens – So many great things for little girls to learn from the American Girls characters. These will be a definite hit.

25. American Girl Craft Kits – The Kit Kittredge Fabric Flower Style Set one lets you create headbands and hair accessories while learning a few basics of sewing and assembling. Craft kits come in so many varieties and are a fantastic way to get kids off the computer and using their hands and minds and then they have a finished project to be so proud of when they are done.

26. Veggie Tales “Jonah” Video – We love Veggie Tales and the lessons on character and values they teach. For $5 you can’t beat this!

27. Little Einsteins Videos – Help your toddler learn as they watch one of our favorite series, Little Einstein.

This Valentine’s Day, Tell Them To Take a Hike

POSTED ON February 11, 2013

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  It’s the time to share something special with your special someone. It’s the season of hearts, flowers, candy and love which can make a huge dent in your pocketbook. One of the most priceless gifts that we can give (that’s also FREE!) is the gift of quality (and healthy!) time together!

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Chris, Cash and I on a Powell family hike!

I’m not talking about just physically sitting in the same room together – you need to communicate with each other and interact. Texting each other doesn’t count!

Healthy relationships are built on healthy activities and quality interaction. Whether you are in a relationship or single, we all have people in our lives who need to know that they are loved and cared about.  This might be a relationship with a special someone, a family member, a good friend, or yes, even remembering to tell yourself that you are incredible and are loved.

So what are some healthy things you can do to show love this Valentine’s Day? Skip the chocolate and candies. They’re temporary. One thing we do in our family is workout. This is actually how we enjoy spending our time together. The kids join in and we make it a fun family activity and sometimes it’s just Chris and I after a long day. Because our time together can be so limited, we make it really count. One of our favorite activities is hiking. We live in the beautiful southwest and this is the perfect time to enjoy the cooler weather and the beauty that surrounds us. We talk, we laugh, we love this time we get to spend on our hikes.

Some of you have snow or crazy weather that is keeping you indoors this time of year. Don’t let that stop you! There are lots of things you and your loved one can still enjoy together. Go climb an indoor rock wall, or play a game of indoor tennis, find an indoor batting cage or golf range. If you enjoy the outdoors and the cold, go downhill or cross country skiing, snowboarding or even snowshoeing. There’s nothing like cuddling up after a great day spent together enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

Chris and I send you our love this Valentine’s Day and can’t wait to hear what healthy things you did with your loved one.

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