As parents and teachers, we care every day for our little ones: we teach them to eat in a balanced way, we pay attention to their sleeping hours, to warm up when it’s cold and wear sunscreen in summer but … do we share with them enough time?
Why is it important to spend time with children?
Spending time with your children is important because they need it for their emotional and psychological development. Have you ever stopped to think that you are the most important person in your child’s life? Although they are no longer babies, they still need you and you can give them what they need, and we don’t just mean clothes, shelter and food, you can give them the most valuable things you have in life. Yes, your time.
Here are 13 family activities that will not cost you.
1. Cooking with the family
The kids will have fun cooking even if it gets a little messy!
Cooking combines the best of experiments, playing with dough, getting dirty and learning a valuable skill! In addition, it can be a good opportunity not only to talk and have fun but also to teach children the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, how to cut with a knife or the imperative need to maintain personal hygiene in the kitchen!
So, tell us what will you cook today with your children?
2. Read together
A good activity to enjoy together is to read a story, so you will encourage your children’s interest in reading, while sharing a new and magical world by their side. You could even read your favorite childhood story to them.
3. Create stories together
From the hand of our second proposal comes this: how about creating stories together? We are not referring only to the stories you create for your children’s bedtime, but also to write a story together, draw one or simply, to recreate a story using dolls.
For older children try and get their imagination flowing by creating their very own comic book, all you need is a pen and plenty of paper.
4. Watch a family movie
We mean really “watching”, not catching a small part whilst cleaning.It is not worth putting the movie on and browsing on the internet. The idea is to sit next to the kids, watch the movie and comment on the story, be interested in their opinions and thoughts on it.
5. Do sports together
We talked relatively recently about the importance of sports as a family. As we always say, you are the mirror in which your children look and if you do sports, they will also want to do it! Find an activity that you can share with your kids, such as swimming, soccer or cycling and take the time to do the family activity. You will not regret! Both you and your children will play sports and have a great time!
6. Look at photos
The kids usually like to look at photographs and if it is with the parent, even more! You can take the opportunity to tell them stories about their grandparents or about you when you were little, you will surely have a great time!
7. Make crafts with the family
Save the cardboard tubes from the toilet paper and you will see how easy the kids have fun! If you give them scissors, plastic and colored papers, they will create endless animals and monsters in the blink of an eye! Did you know that it can be transformed into a pen? And a box can be an airplane or a car? The options are endless, with a little imagination and the things we have at home, you can create many crafts to do with the kids: masks, make origami … On the internet, you will find millions of ideas!
8. Board games
Sit down with your kids to make a puzzle, play Monopoly, dominoes or cards and while talking with them! Board games give you the opportunity not only to teach them rules and concepts, but also to listen to them and talk quietly with them.
9. Dance and sing!
Dancing and singing are liberating. Play music and let yourself go. Enjoy the sound and movement. Surely, you will be creating unforgettable memories with your children.
10. Excursions … even round the corner!
The excursions do not have to be expensive and elaborate. A trip to the park can be a real adventure when you enjoy time with parents. Create adventures with your children, even if the family outing is the obligatory visit to the supermarket.
There are also lots of attractions to enjoy from theme parks to discovering and learning about the interesting animals at the zoo. When organizing these trips just make sure you get the deal that works for you, as many brands don’t consider all family sizes, as is apparent from Payplan’s latest research.
11. Draw two!
Yes, as you read, create a painting next to your little one. Draw something and let him continue the drawing. Let you be carried together by the imagination and when the work is ready, place it in a prominent place in the home!
12. Dress up and play
Do not be afraid of ridicule. Your children will appreciate watching you play and you will have a great time! Dress up, run, jump, play with them, without thinking about obligations or the clock.
13. Play video games together
We could not mention video games because kids love them! However, our proposal is that you play with them, so you can know what games they like and how much time they spend with the console. Try smart parenting!
That’s our round up so you shouldn’t be at a loss for things to do and enjoy, if you have any other ideas comment below.