If you’re like most parents, you’re always looking for new worthwhile activities to do with your children. Usually, the challenge is finding things that are fun and engaging enough to keep the kids interested but also beneficial to them. Below, you’ll find a handful of ideas to try that will be positive and enjoyable experiences for your children.
It’s always wise to teach children the importance of helping others as early in life as possible. You could bring them to a soup kitchen, a park clean-up, or a food bank and let them experience how it feels to give back to their fellow humans. If you can somehow make a little game or competition out of it, like “whoever cleans up the most litter wins”, that should help them stay engaged and present too.
Attend Dance Lessons
Anyone who has put in the time and practice to become a good dancer will tell you that it’s a great skill to possess. Bringing your children to a few dance lessons when they’re young will give them a great social opportunity, help them become more comfortable in their own skin, and potentially even unlock a lifelong passion. Many dance classes even offer special programs for kids or families, so why not give it a shot?
Read a Book
Whether you’re reading to your children, taking turns reading out loud, or even simultaneously reading the same book like a miniature book club, it’s going to be an excellent experience for everyone involved. Showing your kids the wonders of literature will make it more likely that they develop their own love for reading; plus, it will be a perfect bonding experience. You can go with a book geared toward their age group, or you can choose something a bit more adult; both options have their benefits.
Embark on a Road Trip
Hopping in the car to take your children on an adventure is a fantastic way to get them out of their shells and provide them with new experiences. In general, traveling at a young age is beneficial for kids, as it lends them some important perspective on the world. The memories your family creates on the trip will be sure to stay with them for many years, and spending that time so close together is an effective way to strengthen your relationships.
Your children will be grown and out of the house before you know it, which makes it so important to spend as much quality time with them as you can when they’re young. If you can find fun activities to do together that will also help them become better people, then you’ll truly be making the most of your time with them.
By Rachelle Wilber
Rachelle is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/people/Rachelle-Wilber/100009221637700/