Work and life stresses can remove you from your children and disconnect your family – here are some great examples of 5 fun things to do with your children this weekend
Balancing work and life stresses can often distance you from your children, potentially disrupting family connections. To counteract this, it’s crucial to carve out quality time, particularly over weekends, to strengthen bonds with your children and foster family unity. Amidst the hustle of school, homework, technology, and various demands, planning ahead might seem daunting. However, creating lasting memories with your children offers a unique opportunity that won’t come around twice. Embrace the moment with our curated list of 5 engaging activities to enjoy with your children this weekend.
Infusing your weekends with spontaneity can surprise your kids with excitement and fun, breaking away from the monotony of daily routines. It shows them that life isn’t just about schedules but also about enjoying unexpected moments together.
LETS GET STARTED WITH 5 FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN THIS WEEKEND
#1 – OF 5 FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN – ENERGETIC ADVENTURE
Dust off those bikes, pump up the tyres, dig out the roller skates, untie the skipping ropes, clean up the trampoline and garden slide – basically anything you are doing together that involves a little bit of physical fun will energise you and the children. Working together to accomplish something such as fixing a bike before you ride it teaches your child responsibility, care for possessions, and a sense that work at the beginning can end in play afterwards – a bit like tidying up your room, so you have space to play on the floor?
#2 – OF FUN THINGS TO DO – GO ON A DATE
Pick a place, like a cinema, a café, a park (take a picnic), the fun fare, the zoo, a visit to the beach or a museum, put up a tent in the back garden and go camping – whatever suits your lifestyle and budget, but make it a date only with you and your child.
Couples do this to keep their relationships fresh, so you can apply the same principles to your relationship with your child. Plan it together and set out the guidelines so you can achieve all that you plan. Be realistic and make it affordable and repeatable and then you and your child will be planning dates well into the future, creating new adventures for you and your family.
Caution – make sure that you stick to rules, such as turning of mobile phones, not dealing with anything work related, and not bossing! This will give your child the impression that the entire focus is on you spending quality time together. If you have limited time, then set a time limit from the start and even if its an hour or two hours, by the clock, your focus has to remain on the date and your joint plan.
#3 – ANOTHER FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN – GET MESSY!
Kids of all ages adore getting messy and creative all the time. What’s even more fun, is turning it into a crazy hour of inspiration and imagination when it’s not planned. Start off by giving everyone playing a small plastic bag. Next, go around the house searching for things that can be used to make something. Old water bottles and tops, containers, that wrapping paper that came on a gift that you stuffed in a drawer, sellotape, tinfoil, old cereal boxes, glue and even flour and water to make paste can add up to a fun and happy creative adventure.
When you have collected the items get a piece of paper and write out a plan based on what you can use. You can even draw your idea together on a blackboard or an easel if you have one, checking off steps along the way. LISTEN to your child’s input and let them lead in making whatever comes to mind. Draw it out and start to build! Doesn’t matter what the end result is – its the time together that counts. The more crazy the design, the more hilarious it will be.
If it’s summer, why not gather balloons fill them with water, set up bases and have a CAPTURE THE FLAG water fight. Each team has a base, and water bombs and the flag is in the middle. It’s up to each side to bomb the others and get the flag back to your base.
If you love to get really really messy, have a hose pipe and flour fest – no need for instructions, just get messy and have fun!
Messy play unleashes creativity, fights stress, encourages bonding and has numerous other developmental and social benefits, and anyone in the family can take part, including Grandma.
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#4 – OF FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN- GARDENING WITH KIDS
Children love to see how the world works and to understand the things around them. A perfect way to relax, unwind and bond with your child, is to exercise your green fingers and get planting.
Children of any age, from toddlers upwards, will enjoy putting soil in plant pots, or even seed boxes. I use old plastic egg boxes and cling wrap to make a miniature green house. Pick a few seeds, or cut a seedling from a favourite tree or plant, and get dirty! You could even start an ant farm and dig up the soil from your garden purchase from a garden centre.
Work out a schedule and write it up, and put it in a prominent place, such as you fridge, so you don’t forget to tend the plants that you have planted.
Gardening helps your child understand the cycles of life, helps them be responsible taking care of something long term and shows them that regular daily effort leads to great rewards – such as flowers, or tomatoes, or something else wonderful that grows from your love and care.
If you are stuck for ideas or need a little inspiration, to find 5 fun things to do with your children this weekend, just search for the activity you are doing with your child and find inspiration online. If you are gardening with your children there are so many products that will give you inspiration too!
#5 OUR FINAL FUN THING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEKEND – DRESSING UP AND TEA PARTIES
If you are stuck with a limited time and budget its very easy to find 5 things to do with your children at home. I can still be as much fun as going out. Decorate a room turning it into a themed area, whatever you have around, blankets, sheets, torches, decorations and make it a real life tea room or adventure area. Kids just love tea parties, especially girls!
Create a menu and get dressed up to go out! Make believe play of any kind allows children to explore relationships and real life situations in the security of an environment they are comfortable in. You can use real money, bringing in some maths skills and make it as real as possible by adding some cooking – well sandwich making according to what you both order. That way your child gets 3 activities rolled into 1 – dressing up, make believe and cookery!
You don’t need a lot of resources for this activity but you need to be totally focused on your child. Agree to a time, set an alarm if you have something to go off and do, so they know there is a limit, but after that ignore the time and just go with the flow of what is happening. Mums and dad’s can use this activity any time to distract an excited child, encourage a quiet child, or just build on the bond between child and parent.
Be as creative and as real as you want. Base your idea on a movie you watched together, like Alice in Wonderland, or Charlie and the Chocolate factory and you will see your child’s face light up with joy. Grab some books and make it a storytelling experience which improves vocabulary and imagination!
Remember to remove all household distractions and don’t get pulled away by the laundry, the phone and anything else. Dedicate the whole time to having fun with your child. You will be surprised how rewarding it is for you too. You too can create 5 fun things to do with your children this weekend and improve your wellbeing and relationship with your children.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO ADD TO THE LIST ABOVE – ONLY YOUR IMAGINATION IS HOLDING YOU BACK!