Do you want activities that ignite their imaginations?
Make things with recyclables.
When you use items found in your recycling bin or around the house to create toys and treasures kids love, it inspires them to tap into their creativity and use what’s available.
In this article I’ll show you six things you can make with found items in your home.
Why Create Things With Recyclables?
When you create things using items from the recycling box, it’s good for the environment and also helps develop your child’s imagination and creativity.
It teaches kids that once something has been used for its initial purpose, it doesn’t mean that we have to throw it away.
And it’s an excellent family project, because you’re working on something together.
Want to ignite their imaginations and help them create their own fun?
Give them another kind of box—an empty shoebox. It’s (almost) all you’ll need to keep everyone entertained.
In this article I’ll share 10 quick and inexpensive ways to have fun with a shoebox.
With ideas for games and creative play, sensory stimulation and memory challenges, even organization and writing practice, you’re sure to find something your kids will enjoy, right in your recycling bin.
Why Try Shoebox Projects?
Shoeboxes are the perfect size. They’re big enough to inspire imagination, but small enough to be a manageable project and easily stored at the end of the day. You can even use a shoebox to store a project. Play games, construct objects—the sky’s the limit.
A shoebox adventure is multi-dimensional, whether you make a mini-theater, a zoo, a fish tank or something your kids haven’t imagined yet. You and your kids can create characters and a backstory, make a shoebox “home” where they can come to life and then enter into your imaginary world again and again for hours of fun, creative play.
Are you willing to take a risk?
Then it’s time for a Yes Day!
A Yes Day is when you let your kids call the shots and you get to say Yes! to (almost) everything.
In this article I’ll explain how to set up a Yes Day that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Why Have a Yes Day?
It’s fun to say “yes” for a whole day. A Yes Day is a special day once a year when the answer to every question is “yes.” How often does that happen?
It’s fun for kids because they have to think about what they want and then make requests. And it’s fun for parents because, really, who likes to say “no” all the time?
What do they do right, and how can you learn to make your family happier?
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” said the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy in his book Anna Karenina.
Was he right? Do all happy families have certain things in common?
In this article I’ll share four practices that can draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from more than 200 ideas found in The Secrets of Happy Families, by Bruce Feiler.
Why Is a Happy Family Important?
Over the last fifty years, families have changed drastically. We have blended families, adoptive families, divorced families, single-parent families, two-parent families, gay-parent families, family members with different faiths and some with none at all.
But no matter what kind of family you belong to, your family is key to your overall happiness and well-being.
In fact, studies prove that the number-one predictor of life satisfaction comes from spending time with people you care about and who care about you.
Are you wondering what you can do about it?
The answer: plenty! Sometimes all it takes is a good idea and a little nudge from Mom or Dad to get kids started on a project that holds their attention for hours. And I’ve found just the place to find those good ideas.
In this article, I’ll share 10 boredom-busters from the book, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen.
Boredom is part of growing up. Even kids with tons of books, toys and electronics feel sometimes like they have nothing to do. And that’s not always a bad thing. Getting bored once in a while promotes creativity, allowing kids’ minds to wander to interesting places.
The trouble with our society is that we, along with our kids, have become passive consumers. So when your 10-year-old son complains about being bored, you simply drive to Game Stop, pick up Super Mario Galaxy (nevermind that he has 20 other games!) and get on with your busy day.
Are they obsessed with time travel (or at least intrigued by the idea)?
Do their jaws drop open when you tell them what life was like when you were a kid?
Until someone invents a time machine that works, today’s adventure is the next-best thing to time travel. But hang onto your seat: This adventure won’t be over until your child has his birthday—10 years from now. (Trust me, it’ll be worth the wait!)
In this article I’ll show you how to help your kids create a top-secret time capsule that their future selves will treasure for a lifetime.
Why Make a Time Capsule?
Time capsules are a fantastic way to take a slice of the present and preserve it for the future.
Today’s adventure offers an opportunity for your kids to reach out to their future selves. What might your 10-year-old daughter say to her 20-year-old self? What special memories will that 20-year-old girl uncover when she opens the birthday time capsule from her younger self?
Make a time capsule and find out.
Would they love to dish the dirt on their dad’s antics as an adolescent?
Or discover connections and commonalities between themselves and folks four or five times their age—or more?
You can help your kids become family history reporters and uncover secrets and surprises of the generations before them.
In this article I’ll show you how to turn your next family gathering into an information treasure hunt where your kids collect intriguing facts about their relatives and create a news video to share their stories.
Why talk to Grandma? A new way to relate.
I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite childhood memories include listening to my father and his four brothers tell stories about growing up on the family farm.
Do you have similar memories?
Need a way to help your kids remember important information?
Create a family jingle. It’s fun your family will never forget, and is a great way to improve memory in minds young and old.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create simple, fun and entertaining songs with your kids to make your own family songs.
Why Create Original Family Music?
Is there music from your childhood that bring back special memories, emotions and experiences? Would you like to give your children similar feelings when they look back on their youth?
Do your kids have a favorite movie they’d love to act out?
Making a movie with your kids can turn an ordinary day into a memorable adventure.
It’s not only fun for everyone involved, but you’ll create a lasting memory with your kids.
In this article I’ll show you, step-by-step how to create an adventure movie with your family.
Why a Movie?
You can make a movie just about anywhere, and you probably have everything you need right at home.