Monday, December 03, 2007

101 Fun Things to Do With Kids

Okay, I've been reading The Connected Child about children who are adopted or have suffered trauma that inhibits their ability to connect with their family. They mention that these children should have very limited computer/TV/video game time because it encourages them to disengage with their family even more. So, I found this list of Non-Screen things to do. Mind you, I'm not crafty. I wouldn't want to deprive the Sunday School teachers of that fun. Some of these ideas really take me out of my noncrafty comfort zone.

101 Fun Things to Do with Kids
1. Go on a nature walk and collect different things. Make a collage with those things. 2. Make cookies together. 3. Draw a family picture. 4. Play charades. 5. Finger paint with shaving cream on paper. 6. Make homemade playdough and sculpt with it. 7. Go to a park and swing on the swings. 8. Go to the zoo. 9. Visit a fire station and take a tour (call ahead.) 10. Fly a kite together. 11. Go to a pond and feed the ducks. 12. Plant a garden. 13. Go to story time at the library. 14. Make instruments out of items around the house. 15. Decorate picture frames or outlet covers. 16. Paint with watercolors. 17. Make paper dolls that look like each child. 18. Work on a scrapbook together. 19. Make homemade ice cream. 20. Make a piƱata with Paper-Mache. 21. Go on a picnic. 22. Go for a walk. 23. Sing songs together. 24. Make a gingerbread house out of graham crackers. 25. Find a local farm and take a tour. 26. Go play at an indoor playground (at a mall, restaurant, etc.) 27. Play a sport together. 28. Look through magazines, cut out pictures and make a collage. 29. Visit a children’s museum. 30. Make pudding and finger paint with it. 31. Trace the child’s silhouette on paper and let him color it in. 32. Make a card for someone. 33. Let the child help you make dinner. 34. Make a paper cup telephone. 35. Go to a movie 36. Learn more about your state’s history. Draw the state flag, learn about the state animals, etc. 37. Make crafts with Popsicle sticks. 38. Go for a walk after it rains and stomp in the puddles. 39. Ride bikes together. 40. Rent a video, make popcorn and have a movie night. 41. Plan a family vacation together. 42. Go rollerblading together. 43. Write a story. 44. Read a book together. 45. Make a birdhouse or pine cone bird feeder. 46. Make holiday decorations. 47. Have a tea party. 48. Write a poem. 49. Have a backyard BBQ. 50. Play a family board game. 51. Sleep in backyard. 52. Go to a professional sporting event 53. Go bowling. 54. Play hide and seek. 55. Decorate a T-shirt with paints or markers. 56. Make a homemade journal. 57. Decorate a brown paper bag and play dress up in it. 58. Put on a puppet show. 59. Go to a children’s theater. 60. Make a cereal necklace. 61. Play catch. 62. Take silly pictures and print them or get them developed. 63. Blow bubbles. 64. Play group games like mother may I; red light, green light; and duck, duck, goose. 65. Go to a lake and play on the beach or ride in a boat. 66. Go sledding or skiing. 67. Build a snowman. 68. Roast marshmallows over the stove and make S’mores. 69. Play Frisbee or Frisbee golf. 70. Do science experiments together. 71. Go mini-golfing. 72. Make “oobleck”. 73. Go to a museum. 74. Exercise together. 75. Go hiking. 76. Put on music and dance. 77. Have a paper airplane flying contest. 78. Teach child to sew and make a blanket or a pillow. 79. Go swimming. 80. Make a paper plate mask. 81. Build a crystal radio. 82. Play 20 questions. 83. Spend time learning about another culture. 84. Do the child’s handprints. 85. Start a collection together (i.e. Stamps, coins, stickers, etc.)86. Paint clay pots and plant flowers in them. 87. Draw with sidewalk chalk. 88. Go out for lunch or dinner. 89. Go camping. 90. Tell jokes. 91. Make a meal that you can eat with just your fingers. 92. Make smoothies. 93. Draw pictures with your toes. 94. Go to the mall and eat in the food court. 95. Play with a pet. 96. Color pictures in a coloring book or print out coloring pages from the internet. 97. Make a noodle picture-paint uncooked noodles and glue them to paper. 98. Write letters to family or friends. 99. Have a tickle war. 100. Do a crossword puzzle or word search together. 101. Give them a big hug and tell them you love them!


Philatelist said...
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Ginger said...

I needed this list! Thank you!!
When my tiplets came home, we were advised to let them watch more TV than we typically would, b/c it would help their english and give them some much-needed down time. Bah humbug! I'm so sad that we obeyed that advice. It's been hard weaning them off their new love.

From Five to Eight said...

Angel THANK YOU for this list.
We're hoping to bring home 3 children soon...and fun simple/ideas are appreciated. Just takes a few minutes thinking of something "outside the box". :)

Matt Pregont said...

I printed this list and posted it on my kitchen cabinet. I can never come up with ideas at the spur of the moment, and there's no need to commit this list to memory when I can just look at it instead.