Family Time Calendar: Build It Up

Used to be, way back when, before TV, the Internet and the like, winter nights were used for working on projects -- from wood crafts to sewing. Tonight, indulge in some old-fashioned fun with a family building project. If you've got young children, do something simple -- and even impermanent, for as anyone with a toddler knows, knocking down a tower is as fun as building it! Assembling buildings, or even a town, from Lego or wooden blocks is a wonderful way to connect with your child and unwind yourself. So, let staircases that go nowhere form, and see who can stack blocks the highest!

Families with older children might want to try assembling a wooden dinosaur, or creating a "brick" building from a kit or by using sugar cubes glued together.

Recommended building supplies by age:
For the under-five crowd:
Wooden blocks
Lego blocks
Mega blocks

For kids four to seven:
Magz
Gears!Gears!Gears!

For kids eight and older:
Brick-by-Brick Building Set
Pirate Ship Kit
Empire State Building Erector Set

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