You know when veteran parents tell you to enjoy your lil ones because they grow up too fast.. listen! It might seem like a smug comment to you and I don't have a teenager yet but it feels like I just blinked and there yah go..we have a first grader really soon. It seems like yesterday , she was constantly tugging on my shirt, how her world revolves around eating -sleeping- mom- dad -play and repeat. Now our talks are about the things she learned at school, her new friend and the latest scoop at the school play ground.
Now that summer vacation is fast approaching, I know most of you have already mapped out fun stuff to do's. Most of the time, having fun will cost little to no money at all. You can check your town's community center for affordable summer classes. Sign your kids up to your local library's summer reading program or much better if you have an older kid, they can volunteer too! Speaking of volunteer gigs, you can also check your local church on how the whole family can give the gift of time to volunteer. There is just so much things out there, just do your research. You will be surprised! Here's 50 simple, affordable and sometimes free fun things to do with your kids..before they grow up! Trust me..you'll be building great memories and strong relationships.
1. Teach them how to pray. Most especially how to pray for others.
2. Camp out. Backyard or just in your living room. Get the sleeping bags, flash lights or tent out.
3. Let them have cereal for dinner. Relax. Serving them cereal for a night won't destroy their childhood.
4. Puddle jumping. Explore the inner kid in you too.
5. Let them play in the dirt.
6.Watch the sunset together.
7. Make a sandcastle.
8. Build a snowman.
9. Make pizza together.
10. Make a time capsule for them . Stuff a jar or a box with their favorite items.
11. Write love notes to them.
12. Have fun in a tub together. Blow bubbles.
13. Have a daughter? Let them apply your make up.
14. Play in the rain.
15. Make paper boats and play with them .
16. Play pretend with them.
17. Daughters: Let them paint your toes!
18. Sons: Make a mini car together out of wood scraps.
19. Let them make your breakfast.
20 Teach them how to write thank you notes and letters. Snail mail is still the best.
21. Make a memory frame box.
DIY MEMORY FRAME BOX
22 . Build an obstacle course - backyard or living room.
23. Make a bird feeder out of bird seeds, toilet paper roll and peanut butter.
24. Make a recipe box or recipe binder for reference when they grow up.
25. Build a blanket out of their baby onesies.
26. Donate old toys together.
27. Visit a senior center.
28. Write letters of hope and encouragement to sick kids and mail them together to a Children's Hospital.
29. Visit as many museums as you can. Kids are sponges, they learn a lot.
30. Make a family tree together.
31. Build a homemade growth chart.
HOMEMADE GROWTH CHART
32. Show them your pictures when your were young.
33. Tell them stories when they were babies.
34. Learn a musical instrument together.
35. Make a scrapbook together.
36. Plant a tree in your backyard.
37. Commit to several random acts of kindness.
38. Give them a journal. Even when you they are too young to write their thoughts. You will be amazed with how they can express their feelings through drawings.
39. Record a music video together.
40. Make a hand print keepsake.
Easy Salt Dough Handprint Keepsakes
41. Explore nature together. Show them how beautiful God's creation is.
42. Have several kids? Schedule one on one dates.
43. Do a fun and messy science experiment.
44. Save up for a plane ride. Brave the flight! Take your kids on a fun trip, instead of a long drive..embrace the air flight.
45. Make a homemade play dough and play pretend kitchen. Make fun food creations!
Kool Aid Play Dough
46. Discover a new cuisine with them. Introduce new culture , through food.
47. Make Friday , a family date night. Play games, make a sundae bar, movie night or order Chinese take out.
48. Read lots of books for them and with them.
49. Show them that there are things that you can make cheaper at home, Make your own sandbox for instance.
50. Let go of the mess and embrace the imperfections.
Here's some inspirational reminders for you! Pin-it or save it as a screen saver. Let it remind you that, kids indeed are growing up too fast.
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