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Fun with the family by Julie Lavender

Make time for play in May

    Children and teachers are counting down the days — it must be May! Make the most of the remaining days in the school year. Praise your kids for another great year in school, and don’t forget to thank teachers for the part they play in your child’s education. Make May enjoyable with some of these holidays.
    - Limerick Day — Limericks are fun poems with five lines. Though the exact syllables vary among poets, lines 1, 2, and 5 have the same rhythm and the last words rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 have the same beat and rhyme with each other. Here’s an example: “There once was a young girl named Sue. Who took on a job at the zoo. The zebras got loose. And chased a poor goose. And Sue said, “With that, I am through.” Now it’s your turn — gather the family and try your hand at limerick-writing.                   
    - National Chocolate Chip Day — Now here’s a holiday that’s worthy of celebrating! Try this dessert that can be personalized for every member of the family. Spread one package of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough in a greased, round pizza pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 11 to 15 minutes. While warm, sprinkle 1 cup semi-sweet, miniature chocolate chips over hot crust. Let stand for 5 minutes, then carefully spread chocolate over cookie crust. Then have each family member sprinkle chopped-up bits of their favorite candy bar(s) onto an area of the pizza. Cut in wedges and serve. (For another fun dessert, take the family to the new ice cream store, Bruster’s, and get a chocolate chip treat.)   
    - National Tennis Month — Play relays in the back yard with tennis balls, like Tennis Elbow. Form teams and have the family participate in a race, holding a tennis ball with only the elbows. Also, try tossing a tennis ball on the roof and catching it with a baseball mitt. Or, see who can bounce a tennis ball the highest or toss it the farthest. End the evening with a game of tennis at the Statesboro/Bulloch County Parks and Rec tennis courts.
    - Frog Jumping Day — Made famous by a Mark Twain story, this day is in honor of the leaping amphibian. Take a family walk to the pond or creek to look for a frog. Carefully capture a couple for a frog-jumping contest. Be sure to return them to their rightful home at the end of the adventure.
    - Egg Salad Month and Pickle Day — Combine these two holidays for a delicious spring picnic. Boil eggs; chop fine. Add salad dressing and pickles; make sandwiches for each family member. Then have a picnic outside. End with a egg in the spoon relay to see who can run the fastest with a hard-boiled egg in the spoon.
    Enjoy every day in May with family and play!

    Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender enjoys celebrating with husband David and children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica.

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