How to Create a Family Bucket List With Your Kids

Do you encourage your kids to dream big?

Are there adventures you’d love to experience together as a family?

Write them down so you’ll have options on hand at a moment’s notice.

In this article I’ll show you how to create a family bucket list.

First you and your kids will share dreams of places to go and things to do together. Then you’ll organize, prioritize and turn your wish list into tangible goals with a fun family project.

Want to have ongoing adventures with your kids? Create a family bucket list of things you'd like to do and a bucket full of memories to remember all the fun.

Why Build a Bucket List?

A bucket list consists of things you want to do in your lifetime (before you “kick the bucket”).

The expression has been expanded to include goals people want to achieve within other time frames as well: before certain birthdays or life events, before holidays or vacations come to an end, before the kids reach a certain age, etc.

The bucket list concept has been around for a while and got a boost in popularity by The Bucket List movie, but it may be new to your children. Once you explain that it’s a way to think of the fun things you’d like to do together, they’re sure to get on board right away with lots of ideas!

It’s fun and exciting to come up with goals using input from the whole family. Kids love to feel that their contributions count.

For this adventure, you’ll actually make a special bucket, then gather, create and preserve a bucketful of family memories.

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How to Make Strawberry Jam: Canning With Your Kids

Do your kids love to eat jam?

Want to show them how their yummy toast topping arrives at the table, step by step?

Discover the traditional process of canning strawberry jam with your kids! It’s easy, fun and very rewarding.

In this article I’ll show you how to make strawberry jam from fresh fruit and then preserve it by canning.

It’s a feel-good, do-it-yourself project that you can do with your whole family, in your own kitchen and enjoy the fruits of your labor for the rest of the year.

Ever wonder how to make strawberry jam? Discover the traditional process of canning with your kids. This strawberry jam recipe is easy, fun and very rewarding.

Why Preserve Jam?

If you think of canning as an old-fashioned pursuit best enjoyed by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, think again. Canning and preserving fruits and vegetables is no longer considered old-fashioned. Walk into any bookstore or library these days, and you’re sure to find several modern cookbooks on the practice of preserving.

Like many homesteading activities that went out of style for a generation or two, canning is back in full force. It’s a traditional pursuit that is fun for the whole family. Plus, it’s a great lesson for your kids.

When a family cooks together, you form a special kind of bond. And it’s really fun to prepare and preserve something that you would normally buy in the grocery store. Your kids will learn how jam is made. They’ll gain pride and confidence, and you’ll all have yummy jam you can eat year-round!

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How to Build a Mini-Golf Course at Home With Your Family

Do your kids love to play putt-putt golf?

Want an easy and fun activity to tee off with your family?

Make a mini-golf course at home.

Use everyday household items such as oatmeal containers, toys and stuffed animals to construct a whole course of miniature golf obstacles in your home or yard.

In this article I will show you how to design, construct and play on your own mini-golf course, which will lead to hours of golfing fun for your family! You can even print out scorecards to keep track of your golfers’ efforts.

Love to play mini-golf with your kids? Build your own mini-golf course! Use household items to create obstacles for a putt putt course in your house or yard.

Why Build a Mini-Golf Course?

A game of miniature golf is a fun way to spend time with the whole family. When you construct the course at home, you can play anytime!

Whether or not your family members are athletes, they’ll enjoy the challenge of designing and building a mini-golf course. It’s an activity that’s easy for kids, and entertaining for all ages.

Plus, everyone in your family will love the friendly competition that goes along with a rousing game of golf.

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How to Make Music With Empty Soda Pop Bottles

Want to encourage your kids to create music with stuff you have at home?

Have some extra soda pop bottles?

Discover how you can make music using soda pop bottles.

It’s amazing what beautiful music you can make just by adding water to bottles you find around the house.

In this article I will show you how to use kitchen science to create your own musical band.

Want to make an easy but accurate musical instrument with your kids? Grab a drink and make beautiful pop bottle music by adding water to the bottles you used.

Why Make Pop Bottle Music?

Music is such an important part of your kids’ development. Music encourages creativity and imagination, whether you’re playing music, singing, dancing or just listening.

It’s a fun family activity! Make pop bottle music together as a band. Or take turns “composing” songs. Then teach them to each other.

Plus, pop bottle music is an excellent science project for anyone who also has a fondness for the arts.

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How to Make a Pet Rock a Fun Part of Your Family

Have your kids been begging for a pet?

Looking for a pet without the responsibility?

Try a pet rock. It’s a pet you find and make yourself that opens the door to lots of fun (and funny) adventures.

In this article I’ll show how you and your kids can create a pet rock and do fun activities to make it feel like it’s an actual pet.

Have your kids been begging for a pet? Try a pet rock. It’s a pet you find and make yourself that opens the door to lots of fun (and funny) adventures.

Why a Pet Rock?

There are lots of fun things you can do with found rocks. Conduct experiments, make rock art, play rock bingo or make a pet rock.

If your kids want a pet, you can’t get an easier one than a pet rock! It will inspire creativity and teach responsibility. And it’s a great alternative for families with allergies. Think of a pet rock as a starter pet. When the kids master the pet rock, it may be time to trade up to Rover the dog or Kitty the cat.

Find the rock in your backyard, on a nature hike or during a walk around your neighborhood. Then bring it into your home and make it a part of your family.

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How to Add Instant Music Fun to Any Family Activity

Do your kids like to listen to music?

Want to get your family dancing on a regular basis?

Gather up your family’s favorite songs for different occasions. It’s a simple way to serve up a big helping of instant music fun and energy.

Turn on the music. You and your family will have a blast!

In this article I’ll show you how to make a playlist of songs that are special to your family and I’ll share several fun, active ways to enjoy the music with your kids.

Create a custom playlist (or several) with your kids to amp up any event and make musical memories with special songs your family loves.

Why Set the Mood With Music?

There’s no better way to shake off the day and switch gears into family time than to blast your family’s favorite tunes.

When you make a playlist, you put all of your favorite songs together in one place and can combine songs to fit a mood, activity or person. Adding music you love to any activity is a great way to make family time even more fun or to make the most of the mundane.

Use music to have fun with your kids. You’ll be surprised by the instant burst of energy you get from it!

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26 Staycation Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Family

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer, even if you don’t have time for a trip?

Wish you could whisk them away to exciting places with incredible things to see and do?

You don’t have to leave home. Plan a family staycation and enjoy local attractions you may have overlooked (or taken for granted).

The editors at My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web to find fun staycation adventures you can take with your family wherever you live.

In this article I’ll share our 26 favorite staycation ideas, A-Z. Learn how to become tourists in your own town and find fantastic places to make family memories this summer.

Become tourists in your own town. Plan a family staycation and enjoy local attractions you may have overlooked (or taken for granted).

Why Take a Family Staycation?

A family vacation is an important bonding experience—a time to interact in a relaxed environment, away from the busy everyday schedules of work, school and extracurricular activities.

But sometimes you don’t have the time or money to plan a week or two away from home.

Try a staycation, a vacation you take in your own town. Staycations are much less expensive than traditional vacations and can fit into the nooks and crannies of your busy life. The point is to step away from all of the “stuff” that distracts you from connecting with your kids and get into the vacation mindset, no travel required.

Taking some time to refresh and reboot with your family is priceless.

Read on for a list of staycation ideas from A to Z and choose a fun escape for your family soon.

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How to Write a Poem With Your Kids

Are your kids creative?

Do they like to write?

Want to show them a fun way to express themselves?

Write poetry with your kids!

In this article I’ll show you how to inspire your kids with some fun poetry.

Learn about different kinds of poetry for kids, then write poems of your own and share them. You can present them visually or verbally as part of a family poetry slam.

Parents, you may get in touch with your inner poet, as well.

How to inspire your family with some fun poetry for kids, write a poem and share it. Present them visually or verbally as part of a family poetry slam.

Why Write Poetry?

Writing poetry allows your kids to express their thoughts and emotions in a fun and creative way. Poetry can also help your kids get in touch with their artistic, soulful side, while playing with words.

Poems can be short or long, and can take as little or as much time as you want to create them.

You can also create a book of poems as a family that you can reread over the years.

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26 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Have rainy days got you down?

Are your kids bored and anxious for something to do when the weather is wet?

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web for fun ways your family can make the most of a rainy day together.

In this article I’ll share our 26 favorite rainy day activities for you and your kids to celebrate a rainy day. With silver linings from A-Z, you’re sure to find a fun way to bring some sunshine to the gloom.

Discover 26 rainy day activities to do with your kids. With silver linings from A-Z, you're sure to find a fun way to bring some sunshine to the gloom.

Why Play on a Rainy Day?

There are lots of adventures you can have with your kids, even when the weather is bad.

Rainy weather lets you experience the world in new ways from every one of your senses and discover a whole list of things you can only find in stormy weather, like rainbows and lightning, umbrellas and puddles. We’ve found activities to help your family explore them all: the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and yes, even some rainy-day–specific foods to taste!

Next time it rains, use this list to find something fun to do before your cooped-up kids start complaining about being bored.

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Art for Kids: How to Make an Illuminated Manuscript

Do your kids like art projects and books?

Want a fun, creative activity with a bonus art history lesson to go along with it?

In this article I’ll share the fascinating history of the illuminated manuscript. Then you and your kids can create a personalized illuminated manuscript of your own.

Share the magical history of illuminated manuscripts with your kids and create a personalized illuminated manuscript of your own with this easy art project.

Why Illuminated Manuscripts?

Before the days of printing presses and mass-produced, full-color books—before the e-reader was even imagined—books were written, decorated and painted by hand, one page at a time, often by monks quietly working for hours upon hours in their monasteries.

They wrote on parchment (a stiff, flat, thin material made from animal skin that was used in ancient and medieval times as a durable writing surface) and included beautifully decorated letters, borders and important scenes, making each book a one-of-a-kind piece of ancient art.

These decorations often included radiant colors accented with gold and silver, creating a glowing, “illuminating” effect that gave these special books their name: illuminated manuscripts.

You and your kids probably don’t have the time (or the quietness) to copy entire books like the monks did, but I’ll show you a simple way to recreate the colorful, glowing, illustrated letters that fill the pages of old.

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