6. Make a "Crazy Challenge" List For Your Next Family Vacation
Create a list of 5 to 10 crazy challenges that you and your child must accomplish before reaching your destination. For example:
-- We must each try one new soft drink and one new candy bar.
-- We must visit a place with a sign that says World's Best, World's Biggest or World's Only.
-- We must stand in a spot where our feet touch two different states.
7. Washing the Car? Set Up a Squirting Gallery
Set a few sponges at strategic points atop the car. Stand a few feet back, squeeze the handle of the hose, and see who can squirt them down in the fastest time. For additional fun, have the kids put on swimming goggles so they can play defense. Let them run back and forth in front of the targets trying to distract the squirter and deflect the water.
8. Make a Coin Magically (and Comically) Appear
Conceal a coin in your fist. Turn your hand palm down and playfully pinch your child's nose between your thumb and index finger. Drop the coin from your fist so it appears to fall from the nose. Catch the coin in the other hand.
9. Perform a Feat of "Moron Magic"
Display a clear glass of water in one hand and a dish towel in the other. Place the towel over the glass, then wave your free hand as if to make the water disappear. Turn your back, pull off the towel, chug the contents, replace the towel and turn back. Resume waving your free hand, then pull the towel away to reveal an empty glass. (Yes, your kids will know what really happened, but it's so silly its bound to make them laugh.)
10. Play the Grass Flute
Find a tall, thick blade of grass. Bring the palms of your hands together (as if praying that this trick will work) holding the blade of grass between the thumb knuckles and the balls of the hand. Blow a gentle, steady stream of air through the opening created by the two thumbs and a whistle sound will emerge.
11. Take a Trip on the Couch Escalator
To ride down, stand on your toes behind one end of the couch, keep your back straight, and walk forward, slowly bending your knees. To ride up, begin in a squatting position, and walk the opposite way, slowly straightening your legs. Have the escalator shift speeds, bring you in the wrong direction, then stop and throw you off.