Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary

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Modern families face increasing demands, from seemingly endless activities for kids to heavy requirements for working parents. More than ever, families need resources to strengthen their bonds with each other by creating and celebrating special memories. Complete with heartwarming vignettes from well-known Christian personalities, this charming book includes a wealth of creative memory-building activities. It's packed with potential for ...

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Overview

Modern families face increasing demands, from seemingly endless activities for kids to heavy requirements for working parents. More than ever, families need resources to strengthen their bonds with each other by creating and celebrating special memories. Complete with heartwarming vignettes from well-known Christian personalities, this charming book includes a wealth of creative memory-building activities. It's packed with potential for year-round fun!

Make these moments last!

It’s the simple moments that knit you together as a family—shared experiences that keep you close over the years. But these special times won’t just happen on their own, with today’s kids and parents all going in separate directions.

Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary is packed with creative activities that will help your own family make meaningful, long-lasting memories. You’ll find irresistible ideas such as film festivals, goofy golf, neighborhood circuses, instant parties, stealth love notes, ugly bug pageants, family websites, and pinata planets—along with fun twists on familiar pastimes. All you have to supply is a little of your time...and lots of love!

Story Behind the Book

Over 20 years ago, Let’s Make a Memory was published in paperback and has become a classic now with over _ million copies sold. Now, Multnomah Publishers will repack and update this bestseller along with material from Hide it in Your Heart to create the Let’s Make a Memory series. Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary will be the first book in this series with three additional titles to follow over the next two years. Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson share creative ways to spend time with families. This beautiful four-color book will give moms creative ideas and activities to share with their young ones especially during those summer months between school!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590523582
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Let's Make a Memory Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.15 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Gaither

Gloria Gaither is a many-faceted communicator—speaker, teacher, award-winning lyricist, recording artist, and performer. She is also the author of numerous books and magazine articles. She and her husband, Bill, also have their own magazine, Homecoming. Gloria and Bill are the parents of three grown children and the grandparents of five grandchildren.

Shirley Dobson

Shirley Dobson is chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and a member of the Focus on the Family board of directors. An award-winning author of several books, Mrs. Dobson is recognized for her contributions to women’s concerns, Christian organizations, and the institution of the family. Shirley and James Dobson have two grown children.

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Table of Contents

A Word from Gloria Gaither 10
A Word from Shirley Dobson 12
Out and About
Sunrise Celebration: Enjoy a special breakfast outing 14
Moonlight Magic: The heavens do declare God's glory! 16
Hide-and-Shine! It's hide-and-seek in the dark 18
Have Pink Mink, Will Travel: Car rides go faster with this word game 20
Frisbee Golf: It's all in the wrist! 22
Down Memory Lane: Keep a record of family vacations 24
Tuberrific Fun: Grab some inner tubes and find a spot for fun 26
A Glimpse of Purple Velvet 27
Catch-and-Release Chipmunks: Use fishing line and a cookie to reel in a furry friend 28
Field-Day Dreams: Plan a family day once a month 30
Hop Along the Penny Trail: Heads, turn right and tails, turn left 32
"Just Because"
Box Party: Send a gift of love through the mail 34
Noteworthy Notions: Surprise someone with a love note 36
Marshmallow Meltdown: A sweet way to share "what I like about you" messages 38
Time to Light the T-n-T: Use your time and talents to do a good deed 40
In the Presence of Angels: Say welcome with "Heartfelt Greetings" 42
Heartfelt Greetings 44
Popsicle Boats 45
Around the House
A-Hunting We Will Go: Set up a treasure hunt of love 46
Greasy Elbows Gather 'Round! Plan a family project 48
Spider Web Races: Weave a web and make like a spider! 50
Slumberin' Sleepin' Bags: It's slumber party time! Family members only! 52
Fructiferous Fair: AKA a garage sale! 54
I'm Hungry, Let's Eat!
Cool Cook-Off! Make a big mess, a yummy treat, and a great memory 56
Don't Be Late for a Dinner Date: Have a memorable dinner with your kids 58
Finger-liciously Good! Ideas for a simple Sunday evening meal 60
Makin' Mud Sundaes: Start with chocolate pudding and add... 62
Our Weekly Footrace 63
Arts 'n' Crafts
This Is Your Life: Scrapbook an heirloom for a member of the family 64
Footprints in Time: Some plaster of paris makes for a lifetime memory 66
Macaroni Madness: A little pasta plus a rainy day equals fun! 68
Stained-Glass Beauty: Use waxed paper to preserve the colors of spring and fall 70
Socks That Rock: Sock puppets really can teach life lessons 72
In a Pickle with Picasso: The perfect project for leftover photos 74
There's a Rainbow in the Iron: Just add crayon shavings and waxed paper 76
Don't Eat Your Veggies! Make potato stamps to decorate 78
Pinata Planets: Turn a science lesson into science fun! 80
Pinata Pests: Go from pinata to BUGS in a snap! 82
Game Time!
Sardines, Anyone?? It's hide-and-seek in reverse 84
Wildflower Treasure 85
Movie? Book? TV Show? Or Song? Yep! It's the classic game of Charades! 86
Hide-and-Go-Seek Freeze Tag: Enjoy the best of both games in one 88
The Bugs Are out Tonight! Who'll get bitten in this game of hiding and running? 90
On Your Mark!...Get Set!... Make anything a race! 92
Backyard Fun!
Circus-mania: Clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists--what hidden talents lurk in your family and neighborhood? 94
Goofy Golf: Design your own course (If Arnold Palmer can do it, so can you!) 96
Ugly Bug Pageant: Yep, it's just what you think it is! 98
Sleepin' Under the Stars: Go camping in your own backyard 100
Holiday Happenings
Calling All Critters! Decorate a Christmas tree for your furry friends 102
Don't 'Knock' on Wood, Brush It! Make a banner for any event 104
Technology--Or Not!
Video Virtuosos: Script and film your own movie 106
A Star Is Born: Sing a favorite song--on video 108
There's a "Space Case" in the Family! Start--or update--your family website in space 110
Family Fun Film Festival: How many thumbs-up does that movie really deserve? 112
We Interrupt Your Program... There's lots to do instead of turning on the tube! 114
Sharing Our Worlds
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to Work We Go! Do your kids know what you do all day long? 116
School-Day Surprise: Share the lunch hour with one of your favorite students 118
Ordinary Miracles 119
A Day in the Life Of... Load the camera and document a day 120
Your Last "First" Day 122
With Appreciation 124
Acknowledgments 126
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