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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Making your deck a GAMEBOARD!

Among all of the hundreds of things that I love to do
I have to say that spending time with my family

So let me share with all of you one of the latest activities that we did together in our backyard.
I call this.... OUR GIANT GAME BOARD.
These are the basic items that I used:
A pair of wood dice that I made from 4x4 lumber, masking tape to make the game board, and chalk.

For the activities I got a bunch of little games from Target in the Dollar aisle... LOVE THE CRAZY BRIGHT COLORS!

...The first thing we did was make the "board" for the game with the tape and write with the chalk different activities that the children suggested on each of the empty spaces... Some of the SUMMERLICIOUS fun included:
 Water fight, sing a song, do the chicken dance, make a silly face, jump on the trampolineand some other fun stuff.
 I {♥} the "finish and "start" that one of my girls made with the masking tape.
Then we were ready to play!
Basically all we did was roll the pair of dice right on the floor.
One of them had numbers that represented how many spaces the person playing should move. And the second dice had actions as "group hugs",  "lose a turn",  "go back one space" and so on.
The hit of the game however was the "Crazy  Hat", because whoever ended up with the hat on their head won a special treat...

So...Let me share with you some of the pics of our favorite activities... The noodle fight while JUMPING on the trampoline was


{ "TRAMPOLIN" is what you get when a Spaniard asks her 10 years old daughter how to spell TRAMPOLINE ...Oops!  }

...I almost got killed in the balloon water fight!

...The kids loved the Spoon Egg Race.

This was ADORABLE!

My favorite however were the simple little activities as

"Be a CLOWN"

"PUT a Silly Face"

and of course the best one of all for me... "REST FOR A TURN AND LET YOUR MAMA KISS YOU ;)"

When we were done playing it took less than 5 minutes to clean up... {ALWAYS A PLUS IN OUR HOME} We just put everything back inside of the box that I prelabeled using vinyl...

...and cleaned the deck with water to get rid of the chalk.

This would be a great easy idea for any summer or birthday party. I am keeping the tape on our deck as long as it lasts... Don't keep it on your deck... the sun will bake the tape and you'll NEVER be able to remove it AGAIN... TRUST ME!
I am thinking to use the "board" idea for some other theme activities as a remedy for the "I am bored"syndrome that at least my children seem to have all summer long ;) "Nature Hunts" or "Pretend School" are some of the themes that came into my mind...

Who would know that a roll of Dollar $tore Masking Tape could create so much fun!


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At July 29, 2011 at 5:30 AM , Blogger Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That's so great!! I love the dice. What a great summer activity!

At July 29, 2011 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Jen said...

Saw you on 30 Handmade Days. This idea is AMAZING! I love it! My boys would be SO excited to try this! I think we need to invite some friends over and make this an end-of-summer party right before school starts. Thanks for sharing!

At July 29, 2011 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Lauryn Ashli said...

cutest thing ever! i pinned it, love love.
i am a new follower!

At July 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Blogger Laura Beth said...

I'm IN LOVE with these dice. I need to make some for my classroom. I know my kids would LOVE them. Including these in Blogland's Fabulous Friday Finds roundup!

At July 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Christina said...

Love it!

At July 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Kimmie @ Hello Mess said...

You're a genius. And probably the best mom ever. The end.

At July 29, 2011 at 2:22 PM , Blogger Erin of said...

This looks like tons of fun for kids and adults! Great idea. I am a follower and would love if you would share your game deck at my HomeMade Monday blog party!

At July 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Rach H @ FamilyEverAfter said...

This is so fun! I just pinned it, and really want to do this on our big, empty deck. Thanks for a great idea!!!

I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party starts on Fridays and lasts all week.

Here’s the link if you’re

Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton! Have an awesome day!!!

At July 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys said...

This is such a fabulous idea. It makes me happy : )
Jaimee @

At July 30, 2011 at 3:08 AM , Blogger Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

What a fun idea!! I am sure your kids (as well as your hubby and you, hehe) loved it!! ;) So many happy faces!

At July 30, 2011 at 8:22 AM , Blogger Katie said...

You are just so creative Desiree!! I can't wait to have some little ones so I can do stuff like this! Love the trampoline battle! ;)

At July 30, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Sommer said...

OMG I want to come play! This is the funnest deck I've ever seen! Would love to have you link to my party this weekend too!

At July 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CREATIVE, love love LOVE this. SO DARN CUTE. I love love those dice too, color and all. winks-jen

At July 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

This is a great idea. I'm sharing this with my daughter!

At July 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM , Blogger Tausha said...

LOVE LOVE LoVE this! I aspire to be a mom more like you! Thanks for the inspiration! Plus-I am loving the red lipstick!! HOT MAMA!

At July 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Bella @ Bella before and after said...

WOW, how awesome are you, gosh can we come over to play, he he. EVerything is so colorful and fun looking. I LOVE it. Summer is almost over, true, but this is a fabulous YEAR round great idea.

COme link up girl, you know I LOVE having you over. Also grabbed your party button, so I'm going to come link up with you too mama.
Stop by anytime to say hello!!!
Hugs, Bella :)
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At July 31, 2011 at 7:58 PM , Blogger Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

What a fantastic idea. I have a party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your gameboard and any other projects you would like to share.

At July 31, 2011 at 8:33 PM , Blogger Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

So clever!

At August 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Blogger the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, HOW fun! i'd love to do this...maybe make my own shuffle ball! thanks for the inspiration!

At August 1, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys said...

Just saw this for a second time on another linky party. It's so great!! I'm going to share it on my crafty facebook page : )
Jaimee @

At August 1, 2011 at 6:27 PM , Blogger TheCorbinStory said...

I love how you can wash it away! Brilliant!

At August 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM , Blogger The Idea Girl said...

I love boardgames. This looks like so much fun!

At August 1, 2011 at 9:31 PM , Blogger Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Oh how cool it that!?!? I'm loving the idea of just painting it right on our deck so it's there year round. So cool!

At August 1, 2011 at 11:46 PM , Blogger Melissa @ Honeybee Vintage said...

So fun! I wish we had the weather to be outside more in the summer. Maybe come the winter when we have 70 degrees;) Such a neat idea!!

At August 2, 2011 at 12:06 AM , Blogger Jenn said...

I SO love this idea! My kids would have a blast with this and we will definitely be trying this. I would love it if you could link this up to my party, The Creative Spark, tomorrow night. This is just SO FUN!
Jenn :)

At August 3, 2011 at 5:18 AM , Blogger Delaney said...

You always have the cutest projects!
Sweet Tea Serendipity

At August 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Holly Kennedy said...

Very clever! I love it!!!!!

At August 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Jill said...

This is wicked awesome!

At August 4, 2011 at 8:08 PM , Blogger How Sweet It Is-A lifestyle blog said...

I am going to do this on our driveway! But with a twist!!

At August 6, 2011 at 2:23 PM , Blogger Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Again, I love this!! ;)
Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
You'll be featured tomorrow! ;)

At August 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM , Blogger Kasia said...

I love this project. Already sent the link to many friends. So in the next summer weks there will be masked and chalked porches here in Germany and Switzerland. Congratulations and thank u for sharing

At August 7, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Leah said...

I love this idea. My kids aren't quite old enough but I look forward to summers when they can follow directions well enough to play games like this. So fun.

At August 14, 2011 at 1:18 PM , Blogger MJ said...

This is such an AWESOME idea. My kids are always drawing with chalk in our backyard makin hopscotch. This would definitely by a fun change.

I'm def going to share this on my FB page

P.S. This Spainard has one beautiful family and such crafty ideas.

Lucky 7 Design

At September 1, 2011 at 4:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this idea! not only will I try it at home but with my Guides. (that's Girl Scouts to you I guess!)


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