Take out your smartphone or use your computer. Choreograph a dance with the kids and then video it, film impersonations of each other or hit the kitchen and record your own food show together a la Julia Child. Everyone is bound to starting laughing at some point.
Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? There are lots of ways to do this idea and you can make a scavenger hunt in the house or outside.
Especially if the kids are young, it’s always a treat for them to see firefighters. If the station isn’t busy, more often than not the chief will show the kids around the station, talk to them about the equipment they use, let them sit in a fire truck, and maybe even give them a gift like a coloring book with crayons or a plastic fire hat.
Show kids pictures of themselves when they were younger, as well as pictures of their parents and you when you were growing up. And if you’ve got videos or old tapes and a film projector lying around, make a bowl of popcorn and have a family movie night.
Gigi’s macaroni and cheese, Nonna’s lasagna, Bubbie’s brisket—kids love to cook and they love you, so making your recipe together is a perfect combination. Put on aprons, and show the kids how to make your signature dish. Then the next time you’re in the kitchen together, try creating a new family favorite. If you don’t have a signature family favorite, all kids love making homemade pizza. Here’s a great pizza recipe.
And while you’re at it, how about a pedicure and new hairstyle, too? Whether the kids are in elementary school or teenagers, turning the bathroom into a beauty salon is a favorite. Head to the drug store and buy some inexpensive bottles of nail polish and a nail file for a few dollars. Then experiment with the different colors. As for hairstyles, the ideas are limitless when it comes to a hair brush and a few hair bands or barrettes.
Really! Give him a spray bottle and a sponge and you’ve got a happy grandkid. Plus, kids like being helpful. Pick out a few chores for them to help with—from wiping down the kitchen counter to polishing the furniture to vacuuming, put on some music and go to town. Or if it’s a nice day outside, get the hose and some sponges, and wash the car together. Be sure that the cleaning products you use are kid-safe. Or learn how to make your own kid-safe cleaning supplies here.
Video games might be everywhere, but kids still like to get outside and run around. Teach them how to play the games you enjoyed growing up like four-square, kick the can, and hopscotch. If running around isn’t your thing, try jacks, marbles or dominos. To find out the rules to all your favorite games, click here.
Remember that fancy dress you wore to a wedding five years ago that’s hanging in the back of your closet? And those heels you bought, but never really wore? Those are perfect for a day of dress-up. Pick out a few items you don’t mind kids using (scarves and old costume jewelry are always fun, too!), then let kids make up their own creations.
Kids love pets of all kinds, so take an hour or two to explore your neighborhood pet store. Kids can see everything from Komodo Dragons and bunnies to cats and dogs. The kids may even get to pat a few animals, too, if you ask.
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