10 Things to Do With Your Kids Before They Grow Up
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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.
#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!
#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!
#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…”