$5 Family Fun – Spirit Games

Spirit Games – $4

Games – using household items, all are $0
  • Opening Ceremonies – create your own tournament torch using a leftover paper towel roll and aluminum foil for the flame. If you happen to have red, orange, or yellow tissue paper in the house, you can upgrade to a more colorful flame.
  • Three-Legged Race – partner up and use belts from the closet or rope from the garage to bind legs.
  • Individual Sprint – no props needed.
  • Relay Race – use leftover paper towel rolls as batons.
  • Egg Race – spoons from the kitchen and plastic eggs from your Easter decor.
  • Discus – if you have a Frisbee lying around the garage or backyard, this is all you need for a fun and competitive discus toss.
  • Closing Ceremonies/Medal Presentation – make medals out of aluminum foil and anything you have around the house to make a medal strap such as giftwrap ribbon or twine.

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Feast like a Champion – $4
After the closing ceremonies, go for the gold with these two snack ideas. Only microwave cooking and assembly required.

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Popcorn Torch Treats – $2

Ingredients:

  • Ice cream cones from the dollar store – $1
  • Microwave buttered popcorn from the dollar store – $1

Directions:

  1. Microwave the popcorn according to package directions.
  2. Fill each ice cream cone with popcorn to create your torches.
Gold Medal Goodies
Gold Medal Goodies – $2
Ingredients:
  • Vanilla sandwich cookies from the dollar store – $1
  • Candy rope or candy straws from the dollar store – $1
Directions:
  1. Gently twist apart the two sides from each cookie sandwich to separate.
  2. Into the cream center of one half of the cookie, firmly press the candy ropes (but not so hard as to break the cookies).
  3. Top with the cookie’s other half and plate your gold medals.

BLOG TOUR – Day 2

Thank you to the blog “The Gifted Gabber” for being the stop on day 2 of the $5 Family Fun blog tour.

The Gifted Gabber image

Blogger Amy Gramlich reviewed the e-book and posted the Gold Medal Cookies food craft project in honor of the upcoming games in Rio.

 

Happy Release Day!!!

Today I received an e-mail from my Editor at Cedar Fort Publishing with “Happy Release Day” in the subject line.  It’s official – $5 Family Fun is now an e-book! 

Happy Release Day announcement

I began the project in October 2013 so it’s strange to think that my work is now out in the world.  It’s available currently online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books & Things and soon on iBooks. 

I’d like to thank the many who have supported me throughout this project! 

Olympic Spirit…by $5 Family Fun

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are just around the corner.  While they are on the air February 7th – 23rd, invite friends over to join your family for a watch party as well as enjoy your own Olympic games, all for around $5. 

Games can include:  

  • Opening Ceremonies – create your own Olympic torch utilizing a leftover paper towel roll & aluminum foil for the flame.  If you happen to have red, orange or yellow tissue paper in the house, you can upgrade to a more colorful flame.  Household items – $0
  • 3 Leg Race – partner up and use belts from the closet or rope from the garage to bind legs.  Household items – $0
  • Individual Sprint – no props needed.  $0
  • Relay Race – use leftover paper towel rolls as batons.  Household items – $0
  • Egg Race – spoons from the kitchen & plastic eggs from your Easter decor.  Household items – $0
  • Discus – if you have a Frisbee lying around the garage or backyard, this is all you need for a fun and competitive discus toss.  Household items – $0
  • Closing Ceremonies/Medal Presentation – make medals out of aluminum foil and anything you have around the house to make a medal strap such as giftwrap ribbon or twine.  Household items – $0

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After the closing ceremonies, go for the gold with one these fun snacks.  (To do both snacks would bust our $5 budget with a $5.38 total)

  • Option #1 Olympic Torch Treats – $2.59  Fill generic brand ice cream cones from the grocery store ($1.59) with microwave buttered popcorn from the dollar store ($1).  
  • Option #2 Olympic Ring Cookies $2.79  Smooth white icing ($1) on top of packaged cookies ($1) & them top with blue, brown, red, yellow and green M&Ms ($0.79) to represent the colored Olympic Rings.  All three items were dollar store finds. 

Use these fun and thrifty suggestions to throw your own Olympic watch party and your judges are sure to give you all 10s.

Total Cost: $2.59 – $2.79

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