The She Shed Saga: The Man-Cave for Women!

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

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You probably know what a "man cave" is, but have you ever heard of a "she shed"? Recently, dozens of she sheds have begun popping up on Pinterest. A she shed is a place where a woman can go when she needs a break from a noisy household. I looked into this growing trend and found a lot of cozy and luxurious she sheds that I wouldn't mind relaxing in myself. Like with a man cave, a woman can decorate her she shed in any way that suits her fancy. Here's a closer look at she sheds.

She Shed Designs of All Kinds

A she shed made of glass windows would be the perfect retreat for a woman who wants to lay on a comfortable daybed and gaze out at the trees, birds, and flowers all around her. The most popular she sheds have plenty of windows, creating an airy atmosphere inside the structure. I noticed that lots of she sheds have a front porch with a railing. I think a front porch makes the structure look more like a miniature house than a shed. Sheds that look like small cottages complete with a gable roof design are also popular. Regardless of its design, I suggest creating a path of natural stone or gravel that leads up to your shed. A path makes a she shed seem all the more like the ultimate retreat from the world.

Should I Buy a Shed or Build One?

If you decide you want a she shed, you can either buy one or build one. Of course, building a shed would require an investment of both your money and time. You'd need a collection of tools for the job as well as the necessary pieces of lumber. This is a great option if you're an enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer. But buying a shed is easier, and there are many designs to choose from. I have plenty of appealing options for she sheds available in my inventory. You would have the peace of mind of knowing that your well-built shed is made of quality materials.

Décor Ideas for a She Shed

Some she sheds look like elegantly decorated rooms, while others have a simple décor with lots of colorful throw pillows and beanbag chairs. Some women like to create décor based on a color. I saw one shed with a blue theme. It had a comforter in midnight blue on the daybed, baby blue curtains hanging in the windows, and a comfortable chair covered in navy blue fabric. The owner even had a window box filled with blue petunias. I also found a shed with a cat theme. There was a poster of a cat on the wall, curtains decorated with playful kittens, and a throw blanket with a cat design on it. Just like in a man cave, women like to include favorite items in their she sheds. Painting your shed is an idea for a woman who wants to improve the look of the outside of her shed. It's easy to do, and there are plenty of weather-resistant paints available.

Other fun items for a she shed might include:

  • A mini refrigerator for drinks and snacks
  • Prints, photos, and other artwork for the walls
  • A cold water dispenser
  • A large potted plant
  • Goldfish in a small tank

Have a good time decorating a she shed that will surely become your go-to place for relaxation. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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Extreme Playhouses

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Aug 14, 2015

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I love to see neighborhood kids enjoying a playhouse in their backyard. Kids are so creative when it comes to decorating the inside of a playhouse and pretending that it's a store, a school, or anything they want it to be. I have sheds with front porches in that sometimes remind me a little of a kid's playhouse. I got curious about the different types of playhouses available today, so I did some research. Take a look at what I found. Enjoy!

Plastic Playhouses

Plastic playhouses are easy to set up and move around the yard, and they can be hosed off when they get dirty. In my research, I saw a bright purple plastic playhouse shaped like a castle with a slide and a drawbridge. There are plastic playhouses that look like miniature cottages with doors and windows that open and close. Some plastic houses are made to look like wooden log cabins. If you go with a plastic playhouse, I'd choose a shady area for it instead of putting it in the direct sunlight.

Wooden Playhouses

I found several wooden playhouses that look like miniature versions of houses. For instance, I saw one wooden playhouse made to look like a Victorian cottage. It has an A-frame roof, shutters on the windows, window boxes, and a Dutch door out front! Kids can paint the outer walls of a wooden house as well as its shutters. Another wooden playhouse that caught my eye featured a slide on one side of its front porch. The playhouse itself stands on stilts about four feet high. Kids access this house by a ladder at the other end of the porch. It's kind of like a treehouse without the tree. As long as the wood is water-resistant, wooden playhouses can endure the elements and stay in good condition.

Playhouses With a Unique Design

Have you ever heard of a crooked playhouse? This is a house that has all of the features of a traditional playhouse, but the roof or entire structure leans to one side. This is a great idea for a kid who wants a fantasy or storybook-type playhouse. I found another playhouse made of cedar with a curved roof. Its semi-tunnel design has a circular window and door. One of my favorite playhouse designs resembles a pirate ship complete with port holes and a crow's nest!

To Build or to Buy?

I wondered whether it's better to build a playhouse or purchase one. Building a playhouse can be complicated or simple depending on its design. If you decide to build, you'd need to buy the wood for the project and have the right kind of tools at your disposal. If you enjoy working on these sorts of projects, then building a playhouse would be an appealing option. Plus, it's an opportunity to teach kids how to use various tools, measure boards, and create a sturdy structure. Alternatively, if you don't feel comfortable taking on a project like this, then purchasing a playhouse is a convenient option. The prices for playhouses range from under $100 into the thousands.

Good luck in your quest to find a playhouse in a color and design that your child will love. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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Phenomenal Picnic Ideas

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Aug 7, 2015

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Sitting down with family at a picnic table to have a relaxing meal outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. But you don't have to pack up a basket and drive to the nearest park in order to savor a picnic lunch. You can build a picnic table in your own backyard! This week, I thought I'd share some tips on how to build a picnic table. Also, take a look at some designs for tables that add even more fun to a gathering with loved ones. Enjoy!

Building a Picnic Table

When you think of a picnic table, you probably picture the traditional rectangular design with a bench attached to each side. These are durable tables that can be built with a collection of kiln-dried boards available at many home improvement stores. Most tabletops are made up of five boards that each measure 2 by 6. The length of your traditional picnic table depends on how much space you have in your backyard. Some tables are eight feet or longer, while most are around six feet in length. Traditional picnic tables have boards attached horizontally beneath the tabletop that provide support. Also, there are cross-braces that support the legs of the table as well as the benches that are attached to the sides. If you're looking for something a little more modern, you may want to consider building a picnic table with detached benches. That way, you can move the benches around to other areas when the table isn't in use. An octagonal picnic table is another idea if you want one that is suitable for a smaller patio. You can even make a picnic table out of a used pallet for your kids to enjoy. Regardless of what type of picnic table you decide to build, remember to apply a wood protectant so your table can endure rain and moisture without sustaining damage.

Picnic Tables With a Twist

One tremendous benefit of having your own picnic table is that you can have fun with its design. For instance, some picnic tables have a built-in drink trough. The traditional design can be modified to incorporate a small metal trough at each end of the table. Some people prefer to have a drink trough that runs the length of the entire table. These troughs can be filled with ice and loaded with sodas, juice, and other drinks. I think this is a clever idea; don't you? There are other picnic table designs that have a small grill in the center. Guests sit around the outer edge of the table and watch their meal being cooked. If you prefer to purchase a picnic table instead of building one, you can get one that folds up into a case. Store it away in the garage, shed, or even in your car's trunk! Some picnic table designs feature ornate carvings on the tabletop, allowing you to skip the hassle of washing and drying a tablecloth. You can be as creative as you want when choosing the perfect picnic table for you and your family.

Have a wonderful time creating your new picnic table. And as always, thanks for reading. - Alan

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Our Favorite Back Decks

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Aug 1, 2015

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Summer is the perfect time to sit out on the back deck or patio with friends and family. Barbecues, swimming parties, and backyard games are just a few of the fun things to do on warm summer days. There are many homeowners who put a lot of time and thought into creating a design for their deck or patio. Take a look at just a few examples of some imaginative decks and patios: You might find yourself inspired to give yours an upgrade!

A Deck and a Dock

A deck that doubles as a dock is the perfect place to enjoy a summer afternoon with friends. The swimming pool borders the deck, making it easy for family and friends to swim, dip their toes into the water, or watch the splashing from a cozy chair. When the pool is unoccupied, the gentle rippling of the water makes this deck a peaceful place to spend a hazy summer afternoon. This attractive design proves that there is no reason why a swimming area has to be set apart from a sitting area.

A Deck Featuring Aquatic Life

If you love the thought of relaxing on your deck while watching a gathering of beautiful koi, then this design may be your cup of tea! A multi-level deck with built-in fish ponds is the perfect place for reading, talking with friends, or just sitting back and collecting your thoughts. The fish ponds themselves are full of colorful pebbles and aquatic plants. Also, they're connected by a waterfall that circulates the water, helping to keep it clean. I like the idea of a waterfall that's both practical and decorative, don't you? Floating plants and bubbling water along with the constant movement of fish makes this a dynamic backyard deck design!

A Multi-Level Deck With a Hot Tub

Many homeowners envision a deck with a hot tub when they describe their ideal backyard. But picture a deck that has a hot tub on one level and a place to share a meal with friends on another. This design allows guests and family members plenty of space to wander around and visit. Also, it gives privacy to individuals who are spending time in the hot tub. Potted plants, flowers, and the right kind of outdoor lighting make this deck design ideal for homeowners who love spending time in their backyard.

An Indoor/Outdoor Gathering Area

A patio with a screened porch gives guests and family members plenty of choices as to where to spend their time. On a summer afternoon, people can gather around the tables for a meal on the spacious, comfortable patio. In the evening, when the mosquitoes start to come out, folks can move into the screened porch and enjoy the warm breezes while avoiding insect bites. This idyllic patio is surrounded by fragrant blossoms and greenery.

A Patio With an Outdoor Kitchen

Picture a patio with a sink, a little refrigerator, an oven, counter space, and even a fireplace. Friends and family members can gather around the table as the host or hostess prepares the meal right out on the patio. The best part is that the host can be in on the conversation while serving guests. Everyone can enjoy the breezes and the surroundings as they partake in a delicious meal.

I hope these amazing deck and patio designs give you a few creative ideas for your own backyard space. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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Outdoor Lighting for Your Backyard

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Jul 24, 2015

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Do you and your family like to spend a lot of time in the backyard during the summer? Sitting on the patio talking with loved ones, playing a game of softball, or taking a refreshing evening swim can be the perfect ending to a summer day. Regardless of your family's backyard activities, you need enough light to keep the fun going after the sun goes down. This week, I thought I'd suggest some ideas for outdoor lighting that can make your backyard a more inviting place when the fireflies come out to play.

Floating Candles

Candles are decorative and can provide a lot of light in a backyard. One idea is to get a few large metal washtubs and fill them to the halfway point with water. Arrange the tubs around the area where people are congregating. Next, float ten to 12 tea light candles in the water. When the sun begins disappear, light each of the tea light candles in the washtubs. A collection of flickering, floating candles can create a peaceful atmosphere in the backyard as you and your friends gather around a patio table. Tea light candles are available in most craft stores and come in pink, yellow, purple, and orange along with many other colors.

Twinkling White Lights

Remember those strings of twinkling white lights you put on the Christmas tree last year? They are perfect if you want to create some unique lighting in your backyard. The thing to do before choosing a location for the lights is to look for an outdoor outlet. If you want to string the lights up on the railing of your deck, you may need an extension cord to connect to the outlet. Arranging strings of lights in the branches of a nearby tree is another idea. With enough strings of white lights, you can illuminate the area for a pleasant gathering on a summer evening.

Solar-Powered Lights

If you're looking for an environmentally friendly way to light up your backyard, then solar-powered lights may be your thing. These lights can illuminate a pathway or a patio area. I think these lights would be perfect for lighting up a backyard gazebo. They need to be installed in a place where they receive at least eight hours of full sunlight per day. This gives them the energy they need to illuminate your backyard for several hours after the sun goes down! These lights are sold in big-box stores and home improvement stores. They are available in a variety of styles so you can find some that flow with the look of your home and backyard.

Tiki Torches

When you hear the words "tiki torch," you may picture one with a traditional wooden design. But there are many other designs available today. For instance, you can get a tiki torch in a hammered stainless steel bowl design. Or you may prefer one in the shape of a sunflower or pineapple. Today's modern tiki torches are filled with lamp oil and are extremely easy to light. A few tiki torches arranged around your backyard can give you as much light as you need for an evening swim, backyard games, or a late-night cookout.

I hope these ideas make your evening gatherings all the more memorable. Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: gazebo kit for your backyard, backyard lighting

Your Road Trip Preparation Guide

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jul 14, 2015

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Are you and your family going on a road trip this summer? Our country has so many beautiful towns and cities that it's hard to decide which one to visit first. But no matter where you're going on your trip, it's important to make sure your car is up to the journey. Discover a few simple precautions to take before backing out of your familiar two-car garage and heading for the open highway. Enjoy!

Check the Tires

You probably already know that checking your tire pressure is a top priority before leaving on a car trip. Check the manufacturer's sticker on the driver's side door or look in your owner's manual to find out your ideal tire pressure. It's also a smart idea to check the condition of the tire tread. Examine your tires to find areas that are more worn than the rest of the tire. When you find uneven wear on the tires, it's time to have them rotated. This can help to prevent a flat tire on your road trip.

Refresh Your Tire-Changing Skills

Of course, there's always a chance that you'll need to change a tire while on the road. If it's been a while since you changed a tire, remove the jack, lug wrench, and spare tire from your car's trunk to look them over. Then, review the steps of how to change a tire. By the way, you can review the steps without actually changing a tire. There is a good chance that you won't have to change a tire on your trip, but it will give you peace of mind to know you could do it if you had to.

Change the Oil and the Air Filter

Changing the oil is another basic thing you can do to keep your car running smoothly on your trip. You can change the oil yourself or take your car to professionals who can change it for you. Checking the condition of your car's air filter is also important. A clean air filter keeps dirt, dust, and other debris away from the engine, allowing it to run with efficiency.

Evaluate Your Windshield Wipers

It's easy to forget about the state of your windshield wipers until it starts pouring rain when you're out on the road. So before you leave on your road trip, check to see if the wiper blades are in good shape. If they leave smears across your windshield or clean it unevenly, it's time to replace the blades. You'll be glad your windshield wipers are in good working order if you encounter a summer storm on the highway.

Pack an Emergency Kit

There's a good chance you already have an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. But it's a good idea to check its contents before leaving on a trip. Some must-have items in an emergency kit include jumper cables, reflector triangles, scissors, rope, a flashlight, work gloves, paper towels, a funnel, and a blanket. In addition, make sure to take along a charger for your cellphone, non-perishable snacks, water, and a first-aid kit. I suggest you have these things in your car's trunk all year round. These items may take up a bit of space in your trunk that could be used for suitcases, but you'll be glad you packed them if you have car trouble.

You may also think about taking along a traditional folding map in case something goes awry with your GPS. If your GPS decides to have a meltdown, you and your family can pull out your trusty paper map and stay right on course! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: road trip preparation

Create A Backyard Oasis For Your Pooch!

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jul 9, 2015

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If you have a dog that spends a lot of time in the backyard, you may want to make some changes to create a space that it will love. Today, there are plenty of unique items that can keep dogs busy as they spend their days roaming your backyard. Discover some items that can transform your backyard into an oasis for dogs.

An Enviable Doghouse

We've all seen the basic doghouse with an A-frame roof and one opening in the front. But have you ever thought of getting a doghouse with a little more flair? One fun idea is a large wooden doghouse with three or four steps that lead up to a deck above the house. After taking a nap inside the doghouse, your canine can wander up the steps to check out what's happening around the backyard. If you don't want to purchase a new doghouse, you can make adjustments to one with a basic design. Using a saw, cut a door in the back wall of the doghouse. Then, fasten a piece of fabric over the opening to make a flap door. I suggest cutting up a sturdy old blanket for this. Now, the dog has two doors to use and can enjoy a cross-breeze flowing through its house.

A Place to Cool Off

Labrador retrievers, spaniels, German shepherds, and terriers are just a few breeds of dogs that love to be in the water. In the warm-weather months, fill a child's plastic swimming pool and put it in the backyard for your dog to play in. The amount of water you put into the pool depends on the size of your dog. The dog may get into the pool and roll around in the water or just wade through it. Of course, there are some dogs that will use the pool as a gigantic water bowl. Be sure to supervise any small children who may be playing near the dog's pool.

Getting a Drink and a Bite to Eat

In an average backyard, you may find two simple bowls to supply the family dog with food and water. However, if you are creating a paradise for dogs, you need to go a few steps further. Check out a pet fountain for your dog. These are fountains with circulating water filtered and ready for your pooch to drink. They come in all sizes and designs to keep your dog refreshed throughout the day. Also, in place of a basic dog bowl, you can get a dog food dispenser for the backyard. These durable dispensers supply a dog with a reasonable amount of food and can save you the trouble of cleaning and filling a bowl each day.

Ground to Dig In

Some dogs love to dig. If you have a dog like this, try preparing an area with soft dirt that is perfect for digging. Maybe you could choose a place in the shade near your garden shed. Invite your dog to dig there by burying a bone in the dirt or spreading its toys around the area. You could put your dog's favorite chew rag, a rope bone, a tennis ball, and a Frisbee on top of the dirt. If your dog is a digger, it will love spending hours exploring its own little patch of ground in the backyard.

When planning a backyard oasis, keep your dog's size, age, and activity level in mind. You're sure to come up with some more ideas that will get your dog's tail wagging. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: backyard dog shed

Turn Your Shed Into A Tiny House

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

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Does your garden shed ever remind you of a tiny house? It has a door, maybe a window or two, and you may even have a tiny front porch. Well, it's possible to make your shed into a comfortable place to get away from the busy pace of life for a while. Check out the details on a few simple items that can transform your garden shed into a tiny home away from home.

A Futon

Put a small futon in your shed and you have a great place to nap as well as somewhere for visitors to sit. Try looking for a used futon at a secondhand furniture shop or a discount furniture store. Futons are available in a variety of colors and are fairly lightweight. For extra comfort, you can choose some throw pillows to place on your futon.

Director's Chairs

Director's chairs are perfect for a shed that doubles as a tiny house. The fabric of these chairs is comfortable, and they are available in different heights. If you want to make more open space in your shed, you can fold up these chairs and lean them against the wall. They are sold in all sorts of bright colors that can dress up the interior of your tiny house.

A Folding Card Table

A folding card table is a practical addition to your tiny house because it can be set up anytime you want to enjoy a snack, do some paperwork, or play a board game with friends. A card table is lightweight and easy to keep clean. You can even throw an inexpensive tablecloth over it if you want to dress up the place a little bit. This type of table pairs well with three or four small director's chairs.

A Mini Refrigerator

A mini refrigerator is an essential item for your tiny house if you want to keep some cold refreshments on hand. Of course, you need to have a power source in your shed if you want to set up a mini fridge. If you don't want to arrange for a power source, you could keep some cold items in a moveable cooler. You'd need to fill it with enough ice to last for the number of hours you plan to spend in your tiny house.

A Small Area Rug and Curtains

Get an inexpensive rug at a discount furniture store to throw down on the floor of your shed. With a rug, you can step out of your shoes and walk around in your socks or even barefoot. This is really going to make your shed feel like a home away from home! A lightweight, durable rug is easy to maintain and can add some color to your decor. Plus, a pair of well-made curtains can provide you with privacy and keep the sunlight out of your tiny house if you want to grab a nap.

Artwork for the Walls

Hanging artwork on the walls of your tiny house is one way to make the place more home-like. One idea is to frame some of your children's artwork to hang on a wall. There are plenty of inexpensive frames available at dollar stores and secondhand furniture shops. This unique artwork will fit right into your non-traditional living space.

Have a great time setting up a tiny house that will become the perfect place to collect your thoughts, visit with friends or catch a few Z's. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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Lemonade Stands for Beginners

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

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When most people think of America, they immediately picture things like apple pie, baseball games, and the American flag flying in front of a home. What about a homemade lemonade stand manned by a couple of neighborhood kids? Now that's an American tradition! You may have spent a few summers as a kid selling refreshments at your own stand. Creating a lemonade stand is an excellent way for kids to learn about taking on and following through with the responsibility of a project. Check out some helpful tips for kids who want to set up their own lemonade stand this summer.

Creating a Lemonade Stand

There are lots of ways to construct a stand. Parents should encourage their kids to use materials that they find around the home. One idea is for kids to borrow two sawhorses from the garage, position them four feet apart, and lay a small sheet of plywood across them to make a table. A large, sturdy cardboard box turned upside-down also makes a great table for a lemonade stand. Kids should be sure to put some heavy rocks on the flaps of the box to secure it to the grass. A wagon is another item that can serve as a stand to sell lemonade. When the stand closes, kids can transport all of their supplies right back to the house.

Advertising the Sale

Kids may want to put up signs directing pedestrians and cars to their lemonade stand. For instance, if kids set up a stand in front of a house on a cul-de-sac, they could post a yard sign at the entrance to the street. Kids can use construction paper and markers to make signs advertising their lemonade sale. If they have a discarded yard sign, they could attach their advertisement to it and put it in a place where passers-by would notice it. Parents can encourage kids to come up with a catchy phrase to get people's attention.

Where to Put the Lemonade Stand

It's a good idea for kids to set up their lemonade stand in front of their home. Of course, they should make sure it's a few feet back from the road. I suggest that parents advise their kids on the best spot for their stand. It should always be in a place where parents can supervise all of the activities.

Making and Serving the Lemonade

When it comes to preparing the lemonade and deciding on the price per cup, parents can teach their kids how to factor in the cost of the lemonade ingredients as they figure out what to charge customers. Operating a lemonade stand teaches kids the importance of figuring out what they need to earn in order to cover their expenses. Kids also learn how to present their lemonade in the most appealing way. They may want to decorate the disposable cups and use an attractive pitcher for their tasty creation. Kids can be as imaginative as they want when setting up their sidewalk lemonade business! In addition, they get some practice with making change for customers and keeping track of the coins and bills in their money box.

Hopefully, when the lemonade stand closes for the day, the kids will have earned a profit as a result of all of their creative selling ideas. This fun project can get kids thinking about other businesses and money-making ideas. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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A Backyard Game Board: How - To

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

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'Backyard Board Games for Summertime'

Do you spend a lot of time outdoors with your family during the warm weather months? If you do, you may want to try some backyard games that put a unique twist on familiar board games. Playing these games in the backyard allows you to enjoy the fresh summer breezes as you gather with family and friends for a fun afternoon or evening. Check out the details on a couple of entertaining backyard board games.

Backyard Twister

Chances are you're familiar with the game of Twister. Traditional Twister involves a large sheet of white plastic featuring four rows of colored circles. Someone flicks the needle on the spinner board to see where five or six players put their feet and hands. Eventually, players end up in a big, tangled pile on the ground. Making a backyard Twister board is very easy and can be done in a matter of ten or fifteen minutes. All you need is a black marker, a large piece of cardboard, scissors, a round bucket and four cans of spray paint. Choose a can of blue, green, red, and yellow paint. Be sure that the paint is biodegradable so you won't hurt your grass or the environment. First, center the bucket on the piece of cardboard and trace around it with the marker making a perfect circle. Next, cut out the center of the circle, grab your paint cans and head to the location of your backyard Twister board. Using the cardboard template, spray paint six red circles in one row on the grass. Next to that row, make a row of six yellow, six blue and six green circles. Allow the paint enough time to dry before starting a game. If you own the board game Twister, you can use that spinner board for your backyard version of the game. If you don't, I suggest that you make your own spinner board. Add a little background music to your gathering along with some snacks and let the fun begin!

The Memory Game

The traditional Memory game starts with twenty or thirty small, square cards face down on a table. Three or four players take turns picking up a card and then trying to find its match among the rest of the cards. The player who finds the most matches is the winner. The backyard version of the Memory game requires a bit of preparation. Many of us have leftover floor tiles piled up somewhere in a closet or in the basement. Twenty or thirty 12x12 inch floor tiles can be used as cards in your backyard Memory game. Look on the Internet for some colorful images and make two large copies of each on white paper. A cat, a car, a rainbow, a doll and a chair are all examples of simple images to print out and glue to your tiles. You could also enlist some kids to draw or paint these images on pieces of paper and then make a copy of each one so you'll have two for the Memory game. It's hilarious fun for kids and adults to walk through the rows of cards trying to remember the location of a particular image. I suggest that you cover each game tile with plastic wrap to keep the images from taking on grass stains and moisture. This is a game you're sure to enjoy for several summers in your backyard!

I hope learning about these games will spark even more ideas. Thanks for reading.-Alan

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