In a technology-driven world, it can be difficult to find ways to connect and get engaged with your children. Doing a fun project together can help you have fun, learn and get involved with your kids. Here are six projects that will bring you and your family together while you have a great time.
1. Repurpose Old Items
Have you ever wondered what to do with an old mattress that is taking up space in your basement? Turn this hard to dispose of item into a fun project for you and your kids. Cover it with a sturdy mattress pad or futon cover that won't come loose and surround it with some pillows and a couple of bookcases to create a cozy reading corner. Or if you don't have room indoors, you can dig a shallow hole to fit the mattress in your yard. Cover with some dirt and rolls of turf to create a fun jumping spot that is safer than a trampoline.
2. Create A Treasure Hunt
Get your kids up and moving with a treasure hunt. Pick a prize that will keep your kids motivated and ready to search. You could even find a small box to make into a treasure chest and have your kids decorate it beforehand. Fill it with some candy, costume jewelry and a few coins. Then set up and hide a set of clues that they can follow to lead them to the fun surprise at the end. Make sure to gear your clues toward the right age group for your children so they don't get frustrated and give up. If you have a variety of ages, you can mix it up and let them work together to figure out some of the tougher clues.
3. Plan A Meal
Tackle dinner while also spending time with your family. Have your kids come up with a meal they want to have. Help them search for recipes and choose appropriate side dishes for the meal. Once you have a meal chosen, have them help you make a grocery shopping list and take them to the store to find the items. When you get home they can help measure ingredients and even cook some items if they are old enough.
4. Have A Fashion Show
Get silly and have some fun with this project. Have your kids each select an outfit for the show. You can go for a goofy combination or serious fashion choices. Mark off a small catwalk for them to show off their selections. Add in some fun runway music so they can work on those walks. Create a small prize for the best outfit and have a vote for the winner.
5. Do A Bike Race
If you want to incorporate some exercise and burn off some energy, get your kids outside for a bike race. Use some old twine or rope to create a course in the backyard. If you don't have any rope, use a hose or some other flexible item to set up the route. If you have room, you could even set up a permanent track. Determine a starting point and finish line and get your kids lined up to race. You could even hold a few rounds using different methods, like a running or scooter race.
6. Teach Your Pet A Trick
If you have pets, letting your child get involved in training them can be great for your child and the animal. There are many basic tricks you can help your child teach a dog, such as sit, stay, shake, down, or heel. Letting your kids take part in teaching builds a much stronger bond between the child and the pet. Your dog will learn to respect and listen to your child and the child will learn to do the same for your pet.
It's important to find creative and engaging ways to spend time with your kids. Create some lasting memories while also building family connections with these fun projects.