1. Watch A Little Internet TV Together
My kids and I love watching internet TV together. They particularly enjoy watching promotional toy videos anchored by kids themselves, hilarious video blogs that pick on the peculiarities of our culture, and funny baby and kids videos. No dull moment with this one.
2. Share Great Reads Together
Cuddle up and enjoy reading aloud a beautifully illustrated book to them like one by Winnie The Pooh or Mercer Mayer. Kids never get tired of these books. The illustrations are amazing and the words are just perfect for their attention span.
3. Make Arts and Crafts With Them
A great way to enhance your child’s creativity is through arts and crafts. This is always a winner with kids. Instead of using crayons to color drawings, why not cut up pieces of art papers and paste them on the picture much like mosaic art or let their imagination run free by letting them randomly paste the cut outs to create their own art.
4. Prepare A Snack With Them
Baking a cookie is fairly easy and very interesting for any child. Toddlers will definitely enjoy cutting out the dough with a cookie cutter while older kids can do the step by step with you. Both will greatly enjoy topping their cookies with chocolate and colorful sprinkles or simply draw a smiley on them with plain icing.
5. Write A Book With Them
Most kids love passing the time by just drawing. Mine has used up countless of notebooks just illustrating heroics from his Marvel/DC fed mind. Why not make great memories with their drawings by asking them to let you turn it into a real comic hero story.
6. Join Them in Playing With Their Favorite Toy
Build blocks, play with their dollies or action figures, enjoy teatime – join them as they play with their favorites and you will be amazed how time flies.
7. Have A Tent Picnic
Any kid would have a blast with this one. Put up the tent, lay out the picnic blanket and grill or fry some hotdogs. Cook some popcorn too. Put on their favorite movies or just let them play in the tent.
8. Make A Small Potted Garden With Them
Basil, thyme and sage – delectable herbs as these are quite easy to plant and safe for kids. It is also a clever way to introduce them in your kids diet as they are more likely to eat what they planted.
9. Supervised Bath Playtime
Let them have loads of fun with water. Allow them to bring enough toys – water guns, duckies, etc. Just make sure to watch them closely.
10. Play A Board Game With Them
My kids – 11 and 4 – and I love playing Monopoly. My eldest gets to brush up on his Math skills whenever. My little one relies on me for everything but, oddly, ends up beating her brother and me most of the time. We always have great laughs after.
Fun does not always have to take place outdoors, much more traveling. Although from time to time, it’s great to have our kids’ memory bank filled with beautiful pictures and their minds loaded with new knowledge and experience. Still, home is where the heart is. It is the best place for our kids to have the best times ever whether rain or shine.