In this day and age, where children and their parents tend to be quite disconnected from each other, either because the parents work long hours or the children spend more and more time online and using social media, making time to spend with your children is becoming very important. Planning quality time and activities to do with your children can be challenging because you need to keep them engaged. Come along with us because we have some creative ways to spend time with your children.
There are infinite fun and cheap arts and crafts and construction ideas you can do with your children using things you find around the house, and some bit and pieces you can get from the local arts store. Think about upcoming holidays or special occasions and get your kids involved in creating greeting cards, decorations or other things for these holidays. If it’s Christmas time, making Christmas tree ornaments or snowflakes to hang around the house can be fun. For Easter, painting eggs is a fun activity. Halloween presents the chance to make costumes or carve pumpkins – the possibilities are endless. Even just a blank poster board, some paints and some brushes can create a fun activity for an afternoon!
With so much technology around us, it’s so important for kids to get out of the house, away from screens, and into the outdoors. Think about going camping or for a trip to the woods for a weekend. So much fun can be had with children in the outdoors; there are plenty of activities to choose from, like taking the kids fishing, swimming at a lake, making campfires and cooking campouts in the woods, and many other things where you can load the family and some basic luggage into an off-road vehicle and get out of the city. Camping is a cost-effective and really fun way to spend real quality time with children. All you need to take with you is a good s’mores recipe!
The are so many fun games you can play with your kids, both indoors and outdoors. Some of the most popular ones are not only fun but can improve your children’s skills – like hand-eye co-ordination, sociability, creativeness and many others. Many of these games don’t require special equipment either. A simple game of hide and seek or Simon Says can be entertaining for hours. Some games can be combined with arts and crafts – like making playdough before using it to create sculptures. Think back to when you were a kid and the games you used to play and play them with your children!
Spending real and quality engaged time with your children doesn’t have to be a challenge if you plan activities and things to do together that you can all enjoy. Using some of the above ideas and some of your own, you can enjoy time with your children in fun and creative ways.