Admit it: part of the reason you were psyched to have a daughter was because now you’d have someone to make friendship bracelets with again. We’ve rounded up ten flashback activities and projects you were obsessed with as a kid, and that your daughter (and yes, your son) will dig, too.
Before the iPad, there was the string game Cat’s Cradle to get you through interminable car trips. All you need to play is a long piece of string tied together to make a circle, and two sets of hands to pass it back and forth, making different shapes, like the Manger and Diamonds, by transferring them. It’s hard to explain, but there’s a step-by-step photo tutorial on Wikihow.
Remember when figuring out where to live was as easy as choosing between MATCH – mansion, apartment, tent, cottage or house (although really, who would choose T?) Fortune tellers are made with a square piece of paper, a pen and the imagination to dream up some funny fortunes. The printable has the step-by-step directions; just replace the color names with MATCH if you so desire.
Chinese jump rope
This one was great for killing time at the bus stop. Chinese Jump Rope or Double Dutch, is played with three kids and a long piece of elastic tied in a circle. The band goes around the ankles of two players, forming a rectangle, and the third player performs a series of jumps in the middle. Babycentre has a good summary of the jump series, from In-Outs to Crossovers.
Nothing says BFF like a customized DIY bracelet you spent hours making. These woven beauties can be made in a variety of patterns and color combos. You’ll just need embroidery thread, scissors and either a clip board or a safety pin you attach to your pants to hold it in place. Design Mom has step-by-step instructions to make a simple striped bracelet, while Purl Bee shows you how to do a more complicated V pattern.
You may not have been old enough for your own set of keys but that didn’t stop you from making lanyard keychains up the wazoo. Made using plastic gimp string or craft lace, lanyards can be woven together using a basic box weave, or more complicated patterns like the cobra. Instructables has a good picture tutorial on how to get started. You can also use lanyards for zipper pulls, or weave them long enough for a bracelet.