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Winter Fun Brain Building Activities  
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Break out these fun and creative ideas when you're cooped up indoors.

Family-Photo Bingo:  Improve your child's memory and help him learn about your family tree with this photo game. Take nine family photos and arrange them into rows of three, then give your child nine checkers pieces to serve as bingo chips. When someone calls out "Daddy" or "Grandma," your child covers the photo with the card. Whoever gets three in a row wins.

Grandparent Greetings:  Haul out the craft supplies and set up a home Hallmark business. First your child creates the card with stickers, glitter, cut-out magazine photos, or whatever else he likes. Then you ask him what he wants to say to the recipient, and you write it inside.

Signature Storytelling:  Try this trick at bedtime to give new life to old stories. Start reading one of your child's favorite books. When you get to a critical point in the action, challenge him to take charge of the tale and add his own twist.

Bowl-a-rama:  Small empty water bottles and a rubber ball are all you need to transform the family room into a bowling alley. Six bottles should suffice for bowling pins.  If the bottles fall over too easily, fill them up with a little water or dry pasta for some extra weight.

Mini Car Wash:  Gather up your child's fleet of cars, trucks, and spaceships for a detailing job that'll put your local garage to shame. Load them all into the tub and give them a cleaning with plant sprayers and empty squeeze bottles.

Masking-Tape Marvels:  Who would have thought that a humble roll of masking tape could provide so much fun? Make a hopscotch pattern or mock balance beam on the living room floor.


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