10 Fun Ways to Spend
Mother’s Day

Take an exotic “vacation.”

This Mother’s Day, why not get the whole family together for some creative fun and games? Here are 10 ways to inject some laughter — and love — into your Mother’s Day celebration.

Even if you can’t afford to go to Paris for the weekend, you can still enjoy a little taste of France (or any other destination that intrigues you). Get some croissants for breakfast, pack a picnic lunch of French bread, cheese, and fruit, or order a meal from your favorite deli or restaurant (quiche, anyone?), and get into the flavor of the country. For an added touch, adorn your kitchen or dining room table with a red-and-white-checkered tablecloth and fresh flowers, put on some French music, and teach your kids a few basic words in French, such as “bonjour” (good morning) and “merci” (thank you).

Go to the movies.

One good way to share family memories is to look at old photographs or home movies. If you live near Grandma or Grandpa, ask them to pull out old photos and movies of you as a child, and take a trip together down memory lane. Your kids will get a kick out of the styles of clothes you wore — not to mention the fact that you were once a baby, toddler, or teen.

Find the humor in family life.

Start a new tradition this year by creating a family comic strip. Take a long sheet of paper, and draw three or four large squares next to one another, like a newspaper comic strip. Then think of an event, celebration, or something funny that happened this past year, and illustrate it with markers, crayons, or paints. Be sure to include dialogue, a date, and a title, such as “Life with the Smiths.” Older children can help with the drawing and writing, while younger kids can dictate their thoughts or help color. Save your comic strip, and create another one next year and others in years to come. When you’re ready to compile all of your strips into a book, stack the pages and thread them together with sturdy yarn.

Go on a “bug safari.”

Now that spring’s in the air, why not gather up your family for a good old-fashioned bug safari? To begin, you’ll need an insect field guide (to identify the creepy, crawly creatures), a magnifying glass (to inspect them closely), and a field to explore (this could be your own backyard or a local park). Get kids in the spirit by telling them some fun facts about bugs. For instance, grasshoppers can leap 20 times the length of their body, which would be like a human jumping halfway across a football field. After the safari, kids can run around and pick wildflowers and present you with a homemade bouquet.

Plant some flowers.

If you have some extra space in your garden, you can create a real, live Mother’s Day canvas. First, buy various packets of flower seeds that grow fast and well in your region. Then have your kids draw a picture or write a short message (like “We love Mom”) in the garden dirt with a stick. Drop the flower seeds into the dirt lines; then cover them up, and water every few days. Before long, your picture (or message) will be blooming, and you’ll have a Mother’s Day gift that keeps on growing.

Make a “lasting impression.”

On a warm day, go outside and have your children (and anyone else who’s game) place their hands and feet into a shallow tub of colorful, nontoxic paint. Spread out a roll of butcher paper, and have everyone press their hands and feet onto it, leaving their prints behind. Label each handprint and footprint with the person’s name, the date, and special message to Mom, and allow your collective masterpiece to dry. Try this activity again next year, and see how much bigger some hands and feet have become!

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Source: Parents.com

Luscious Lemon Bars 

Prep Time 15 minutesCook Time 45 minutes

With creamy lemon filling (made from lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice) and a buttery crust, these classic bars offer the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Pack up a batch for a Mother’s Day picnic or as a treat for neighbors.

What You’ll Need

Shortbread Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Lemon Filling

  • 2 lemons
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

How to make it

  1. Heat the oven to 350° F. For the shortbread crust, have your child use her fingertips to work the butter, flour, and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl until the mixture holds together. Transfer the dough to an ungreased 9- by 13-inch pan and press it into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  2. While the shortbread is baking, make the lemon filling. Wash and dry the lemons, then grate the rinds using the small holes on your grater (you will need 2 tablespoons of zest). Slice each lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a measuring cup until you have 1/3 cup. Remove any seeds. (Tip: To grate a lemon, your child should hold the grater firmly with one hand and grip the lemon with the other, keeping the fingers as far away from the grater as possible.)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Whisk in the flour. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. When the shortbread has baked, pour the filling over it and return the pan to the oven for another 20 to 25 minutes or until the filling no longer jiggles and the edges are lightly brown. (Test by inserting a knife in the middle.) Cool and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Source: Spoonful.com