A few weeks ago, we talked about family outings with the kids without spending an arm and a leg to do so. But what if you want to stay home? Even better!
Go Through the Attic
You’re right. This sounds like work and chores. But it doesn’t have to be. Kids love to go through old stuff. They see in movies how it can become an adventure. You could find old clothes, letters, pictures, and toys. They get a glimpse into the past and have fun doing a little attic organizing. Who knows what treasures you might find!
Go through Pictures
Going through old pictures is fun. Kids love it as they see family decades earlier and maybe even family from a century or more ago. Create scrapbooks and collages for the wall. Make a mobile of family pictures. Scan them in and share them on the internet. You’ll find yourself telling stories of the past to the kids that they’ll cherish. Pop some popcorn and sit back and enjoy the memories.
There is much fun in the kitchen. Make cookies or brownies. Make lunch or dinner together. Shoot — go pick wild strawberries and make jam. Kids like to cook and make messes. Have fun with them. Show them what you liked to cook with your parents or grandparents. Eat the cookie dough together and laugh a lot. Maybe a little chocolate on the nose will make it even sweeter.
Play Sidewalk Games
Have you forgotten Hops-Scotch and Jump Rope? Go out and have some fun. There are so many games you can play outside without having to go anywhere. Make up games as you go. Sidewalk chalk is easy to get. Draw pictures down your block like they do in the movies and create stories about them.
Put on a Play
Here’s a chance for your imagination to let loose. Put on a play for the family or the neighborhood. Use only items you have around you for props. The kids will love it and want to do it more often. Videotape it. It would be better than going to the movies.
Be creative. Have fun. Let your imagination take you to places without robbing your pocket book.