When weekend approaches, you surely look forward to doing two things – catching some zzzz’s and getting done with pending household chores. You dilly-dally the rest of the time either binge-watching your favorite sitcom or pointlessly lazing around on your couch in your PJs. You kids in the other room are hooked on to their videogames or are cracking up over some cartoons. Have you thought about how much time you’re getting to spend together as a family? How much time are your kids spending doing activities that boost their creative flair? If you haven’t pondered over these things, it’s time to do so finally! Here are the top ten fun and creatively stimulating activities that you all can enjoy together as a family:
1. Cooking Carousel – Don’t let the kitchen be out-of-bounds for your children anymore. Involve them in the process of cooking right from the purchase of ingredients at the supermarket to the preparation of a delectable meal. Doing this will help them learn about different kinds of ingredients, their flavors and the mathematical concepts of quantity and measurements. It will also better their flair and ability to experiment with recipes in the future, in addition to expanding their palate. Pick one day in a week when your entire family prepares a meal together. Start off by asking your kids to observe and perform easy tasks like fetching water, passing ingredients, etc.
2. Celestial Gazing – Introduce your children to the beautiful and mystical world of the moon, stars and planets with celestial gazing sessions. You can invest in a basic telescope or even build one at home. This activity will help your kids learn about certain astronomical concepts and foster their thinking capabilities. Keep a star map in handy and ask your kids to spot different constellations as seen on the map. This will boost their concentration levels.
3. Gardening – Kids these days aren’t as close to nature as we were. Sure enough, with so many fascinating options to choose from, children today prefer an hour of chasing criminals in a game over an hour of chasing butterflies in a garden. Did you know your garden is the best place to display the significance of love and care to your children? Teach your kids the importance of nurturing relationships through nurturing plants in your garden. Explain your little ones about each plant and ask them to pick their favorite plant and water it every day. You could also set up family breakfast at your garden daily to get a dose of nature’s freshness.
4. Storytelling Sessions – With this creative activity, you won’t be the only one telling stories; your kids will be, too! Dedicate a day in the week when each family member is supposed to narrate a short story to the others. Doing this will encourage the habit of reading in your kids and help them weave their thoughts together, better. You’ll be surprised to hear the fanciful improvisations your kids are capable of making in simple stories!
5. Art Attack – Let all your hands get dirty, clothes get stained, and your creative juices flow! Get together to make a family picture collage or help your little ones color their favorite cartoon character sketch. Indulge in fun crafts like ice painting, hand painting, making edible jewelry, and beyond. Not only will these activities give your kids a medium of self-expression and cognitive development, but will also help you bond with them.
6. Lego Challenge – You’re never going to be too old for Lego! This toy has the capability of encouraging imagination and tact in your kids while also promising a great family bonding activity! On your family Lego night, set aside a few chits of tasks to perform within a given time. Let one person be the referee while the others compete to finish the task the quickest. For example, if a chit requires you to build a lego castle in 5 minutes, all the family members (except the referee) must make their individual castles with limited resources in the given time. The one who finishes the task the fastest wins that round. There’s surely going to be many shrieks of excitement and gales of laughter!
7. Movie Marathon – Nothing beats a great movie, sizzling butter popcorns and the company of your beloved family. Set aside one day in a week to watch a fun movie! Each member of the family can write their movie suggestions in chits, based on that week’s theme, and one person can draw a chit that becomes the movie choice for that night. After the movie, take 15 minutes to discuss what each of you liked and what you didn’t, about the movie. This activity will urge your kids to think out of the box.
8. Backyard Camping – You don’t have to travel long hours to enjoy a family camp; you can do it right at your house! Get together and set up a few tents in your backyard. You’ll need a few sheets, tent poles, inflatable bed set, a campfire and some delicious munchies! This activity can instill traits of creative strategizing in your kids and can be their foray into the world of adventure.
9. Spot Walk – Your kids may seem the least bit thrilled with the idea of going for a walk, but this scavenger hunt-esqe activity is sure to perk up some excitement! Observe a few things around your locality and make note of them on a sheet. Now, hand the sheet to your kids as you take them for a walk around your neighborhood park or street. As them to look for things mentioned on the sheet and strike them off as and when they spot them.
10. Karaoke Fun – Though you may have enjoyed your fair share of karaoke sessions back in your college days, you surely wouldn’t have realized how much fun family karaoke can be! Karaoke is an excellent outlet for kids who are in their early stages of learning languages. In addition to boosting their concentration levels, karaoke can also improve their pronunciation and memory. Music is also a platform to help unleash creativity in not just your kids, but you too! It doesn’t matter if you’re not a family of singers as nothing’s going to affect the atmosphere of cheer and elation!
Make sure to try out these fun activities with your family soon and do let us know how they liked it!
Guest Blog by Aradhana Pandey
Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like natural news, elephant journal, thehealthsite, naturally savvy, curejoy and MomJunction.com, Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.
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