Let's face it, it can be difficult to make time to enjoy your family with an ever growing to-do list and crazy work and school schedules. Family time is very important for building strong ties and making lifelong memories. But, the best part about it is that it's absolutely free! You don't always have to go on an extended vacation or outing. The best family time can be spent in the comforts of your own home!
Below you will find a list of activities you can do with your family this weekend. Who knows, maybe you and your family can vote on one of the below family activities to do each week to start a new family tradition!
There are plenty of ways for little ones to contribute to their community. For instance, many towns have gardening clubs that spruce up public spaces. Toddlers can mess around in the dirt or pull up weeds (with supervision), and older kids can plant seeds and bulbs. Another option is to help out at one of the many animal-rescue organizations, or take your kids to visit the elderly at a retirement home.
2. Treasure Hunt
Plant little dime-store jewels and treasures in the garden or around the house. Then draw up a map with directions. (For an ancient look, let some coffee soak into the map to brown it with age; while the paper is wet, rip it around the edges).
3. Get Cooking
Kids especially love making pie crusts, biscuits, and pizza, because they can squish the dough with their fingers. Watching yeasty dough rise and then punching it down is especially entertaining.
4. Take Up a New Hobby
Learn a new skill with your child, such as horseback riding, pottery, or ballet. Children find it affirming to see you struggling to master new skills, just as they are.
5. Watch Old Movies
Many classic movies are excellent entertainment for kids and adults alike. So pick out a few classics, turn off the lights, pop some popcorn, pour a few beverages, and enjoy your at home theater!
6. Family Workout
Exercising is a wonderful way for kids (and adults) to enhance their health and to improve their physical abilities.
If the weather allows, pack up a lunch for the family to enjoy at the picnic. You can even bring a few outdoor toys to play like hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, or bubbles. If you local park has a lake you can even bring a few fishing poles to have a fishing trip.
8. Pinterest Crafts
Gather around the family desktop or laptop and log on to Pinterest to search for fun arts and craft projects you can work on together. Be sure to follow our Childcare Network Pinterest boards for age appropriate projects.