Welcome to the 4th part of the “100 fun things you can do with your kids” series.
Today, I am adding 20 more ideas. I hope you collect them all and keep them, along with all the other great tips from this week, on your refrigerator.
Another 20 fun things you can do with your kids (61-80)
- Take your kids on a tour of a radio station.
- Take the kids to visit a dairy farm to see how people milk the cows or how they make cheese.
- Watch birds with your kids. If you do not know much about birds, take a book from the library to guide you.
- Make a kite and go fly the kite. Look for a windy spot and teach you kids about the right shape and size for a kite to be.
- Go to your local DVD store and take out a family video to watch together. After you watch the movie together, you can talk about the ideas and the morals of the movie. Every DVD store has a cheap day, so you can typically do this at almost no cost.
- Print photos from a trip you have taken and create a scrapbook with stickers, scissors, punchers and colorful paper.
- Print your kids’ hands and feet with Plaster of Paris. Use the package instructions to make the plaster, put cream on the hands or feet and dip them into the plaster. Hold the hands or the feet in that position for a few minutes until the plaster starts to get firm. This is a great memory for the kids to have and keep.
- You can do the same activity with paint. Paint your kids’ feet or hands and print them on paper. Put this paper in their albums. Make sure you write their age and date on the print.
- Go with the kids onto the street or driveway and use chalk to draw things on it, (like hopscotch).
- Make a birdhouse from pieces of wood and hang it in your garden.
- Every school has an annual fair. Most fairs have cheap food, craft displays, performances and free activities. Follow the guide in your local newspaper. Most school fairs can keep you and the kids busy for a full day.
- In the right season, go berry picking. In most places, you pick the fruit and buy what you’ve picked at a good price. You can have 2 fun hours of picking for only the price of the fruit that you can then use to make a cake or eat later on. We have had some great picking days that were wonderfully fun and it was great to see how the particular fruits were grown.
- Print copies of the same Sudoku game and see who can solve it first. Let the slower players start first. With very young kids, you can print out a full board (with all the solutions on it) and use whiteout to erase some of the numbers. As they get better, you can erase more and more numbers until they can move on to a regular game. A kid who recognizes the numbers from 1-10 can already participate in the game with you.
- Have a fun time dipping fruits in chocolate fondue. This is a great way to encourage kids to eat fruit.
- With one packet of beads, you can have hours of fun and creativity. You can make necklaces, earrings and bracelets. If the kids do not want to wear them, they can always make birthday gifts for family and friends.
- Invite friends over or go to friends’ place for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon lunch or coffee. Get together are cheap and easy ways to pass the time with people you like. It will probably be hard to convince the kids want to come back home.
- Pick up garden waste from your garden and take the kids to the nearest garbage dump or waste processing facility. Some places do not allow the kids to get out of the car for safety reasons, but even sitting in the car is enough to see how they mulch huge piles of garden waste and what they do with it.
- Play hide-and-seek at night when the lights are off. There is still so much light coming in through the windows that soon your kids will ask to put some things on the windows to make sure it is really dark. If you have very young kids, make sure someone is hiding with them and make a rule not to scare each other.
- Make paper boats and go to your nearest creek to have a competition to see whose boat lasts the longest or gets to the end first.
- Play card games with the kids. I teach kids many strategies by playing cards with them. I avoid teaching gambling games because I want to emphasize thinking and having fun.
Happy joyous time with your kids,
If you have any more ideas for things to do with kids, please share them in the comment box below.