10 Things to Do With Your Kids Before They Grow Up

Things to Do With Your Kids Before They Grow Up
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Things to Do With Your Kids Before They Grow Up

I recently purchased the book: 500 Things To Do With Your Children Before They Grow Up, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you! If you like them, consider buying the book on Amazon at a discount.

Things to do with your kids before they grow up

Feel free to add your own to the comments. I'm always looking for ideas of fun things to do with my kiddos! Also, be sure to check out my PINTEREST BOARDS because they are full of ideas!

#33: Create a Family Recipe Book!

The kids and I absolutely love to create new recipes and cook together. If you need some inspiration, check out my Recipes Page.

Take photos of the recipes as you create them – either the finished product, or photos of you and your kids together while making the dish! Put the photos on the recipe page and laminate them or put them in page protectors inside a binder.

#68: Create a Set of “Things to Do” Note Cards.

“But, Mommmmm… I'm borrrrred!” It's rainy, or snowy, or just too hot outside, and the kids are bored! Kick the boredom blues by having note cards on hand full of ideas to keep the kids busy! Let them help think of activities, and write them on the cards.

Try: {100 Things to Do Instead of Watching TV}

#108: Read the Newspaper together.

Yes, read an actual newspaper. Not an e-version on your Kindle, not an online version. Go to the store, purchase a newspaper, and read it. :) Preferably the Sunday paper so you can enjoy the Funnies!

Make it educational: Talk about the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How? Who does the story reach out to? Why was it written?

#283: Read Classics Out Loud.

Reading to your children is something you should do from birth (or even while they're in the womb!), but reading classics is something that seems to be a thing of the past. Change that! Read classic stories to your little ones, and talk to them about how you used to read them when you were a kid!

Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown), The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter), The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss), and Charlotte's Web (E.B. White) are all good ones!

#294: Create a Trunk Full of Costume Fun!

I recently purchased an old trunk from Goodwill, along with some fun dress up clothes. My girls love playing dress-up, so it's already provided hours of fun!

Think prom dresses, Halloween costumes, etc – all super cheap if you shop second hand stores. :) I got lots of Vintage Costume Jewelry on Amazon for less than $3 a piece!

#332: Write a haiku.

The point of a haiku is to say something important using just a few words. Read 7 Hilarious Haiku.

First line = 5 syllables
Second line = 7 syllables
Third line = 5 syllables

The lines do not rhyme, they just tell a short story.

#369: Build a Terrarium.

Terrariums allow you to grow plants indoors, which is great because it's fascinating to watch everything grow right before your eyes!

{DIY Terrarium Ideas}

#445: Have a Backwards Dinner!

How fun is this? Eat dessert first, then the main course! If your kids still eat all their dinner, why not do it backwards? :) I think it'd be neat to do this as a once-a-month tradition!


#456: Make butter.

This is something I have been meaning to do with the girls for a long time, so it's definitely on my TO DO list now! Making butter is SO simple.

Grab a canning jar and add 1 cup whipping cream. Shake, shake, shake… for like 15 minutes! Put on some music (Gangnam Style, anyone? HA!), and pass the jar!

Add some honey for a sweet butter! I think we are going to make ours spicy.

#476: Do a Bedtime Story Switch.

Grab a tape recorder (or video recorder) and let your child tell you a bedtime story. It's something you'll cherish for years to come!

If they need help, give them prompts. “Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Sapphire…”

What would you add to this list?

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  1. make a time capsule for each year.. Fill it with pictures or items that your child absolutely cannot live without.. :)

  2. It’s simple but take lots of pictures with them. I have a son who will be an adult in less than a year and I don’t have many pictures of us together. I’m always the one taking the pictures.

  3. Our kids range in age from 19 to 5 and every year we sit down with all of them and make home made Christmas ornaments for the tree. When they have their own families then we will pass them on to them. It is one of the things I think everyone with kids should do. You will forever have those memories. I may get this book for some more ideas!!!

  4. I want to do everything with my kids from taking a FUN bus trip to another city to taking their first trip to another country. I want to take skate boarding, foreign language, and ski lessons with both of them. I want to drive back to Oglebay in West by God Virginia and drive through the Christmas tree lights with the rest of the 10,000 tourists and wonder what the heck we are doing their during the day. I want to have their first volunteer experience that allows them to walk hand in hand with people whose lives are totally different than their own, and I want to be with them when they have their first 5 star dinner. I want to teach them how to make sun tea, and how to launder clothes without a washing machine. Oh, I can think of so many things I want to add -they just won’t stay young long enough!

  5. These are some great ideas, guess I have a book to buy.
    It always amazes me that when I think back to my childhood it tends to be the little (sometimes odd) things I remember most fondly. Making butter is something I did with my grandma and cousins, we were all so impressed with ourselves.
    I want to continue the “ice cream for dinner” as a kick-off for summer (we did it last summer, and she talked about it for weeks).

  6. We are building a giant fort in our living room as I type this! Blankets, couch cushions, various other objects…Daddy is gonna flip when he comes downstairs, but I don’t care. We are making memories!

  7. Very awesome. I would add pass on the secret family recipe…or favorite recipe. Make sure you make something in the kitchen where there is flour everywhere lol!

  8. Salt dough ornaments. Blind contour drawing; select something to draw and draw it with one line, never taking the pen/pencil off the page and you can’t look at your drawing until you’re done…fun stuff. Peanut buttered pine cone rolled in bird sheet then hung outside a window to watch the birds. Or even decorate white mugs/dishes bought at the second hand store or dollar tree with sharpies or any permanent marker, then bake on the ink in an oven for 30 mins at 350°… custom dishware!

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