15 Ways to Help Kids Stay Connected With Their Grandparents (Near or Far)

Do your kids see their grandparents regularly?

Want to help them develop a special relationship with their grandparents?

There are many things you and your kids can do to encourage that connection, whether your kids’ grandparents live down the block or across the country.

In this article I’ll share ways you can help your kids stay connected with their grandparents.

Want to help kids stay connected with their grandparents? Near or far, make the most of precious time together with easy ideas to help them relate and bond.

Why Stay Connected With Grandparents?

Whether near or far, grandparents glue the generations together. Grandparents are a way to connect your kids to their family’s history. They’re also lots of fun!

Sam Levenson famously said, “The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” How true that is.

As life gets ever faster, grandparents are often the perfect, though sometimes taken for granted, support system for families in these changing times.



How to Have a Farmers Market Treasure Hunt With Your Kids

Do your kids enjoy going to the farmers’ market?

Want to spend even more time wandering among the delightful sights, smells and sounds of your local market?

Discover more about the foods grown near your hometown with a fun farmers’ market treasure hunt.

Don’t just buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn where they come from and how they grow, and support local farmers in the process.

In this article I’ll show you how to make the most of your trip to the local farmers’ market by having a treasure hunt with your kids.

Want a fun way to teach kids about fresh, healthy food? Have a farmer's market treasure hunt, an exciting way to learn about fruits and vegetables grown nearby.

Why Have a Farmers’ Market Treasure Hunt?

Whether you regularly go to the farmers’ market with your family or as a special event, a treasure hunt will help you make the most out of your experience.

A farmers’ market is the perfect backdrop for a unique learning quest, where the treasure is the bounty of colorful produce.

Don’t just breeze past the vendors to pick up a few groceries—learn about them.

With the treasure hunt sheet as a guide, use this adventure to get to know those vendors by name, discover how the farmers get the food from the field to the market, and learn how to recognize the local produce that’s in season and more.

As a bonus, by showing interest, you may even get some extra free samples.



26 Summer Activities for Kids: How to Have Fun With Your Family All Summer

Do your kids have the summertime blues, complaining that there’s nothing to do?

Want to infuse some exciting new activities into the mix?

At My Kids’ Adventures, we’ve got you covered. There’s still plenty of fun to be had this summer (or any time of year).

We’ve searched the Internet for fun, exciting activities to do together this summer and listed our favorites below.

In this article I’ll share 26 fun summer activities for kids, from awesome art projects to zooming ziplines that’ll turn any day into a fun family adventure.

Do your kids have summertime blues? These fun summer activities for kids: awesome art projects to zooming ziplines; will turn any day into a family adventure.

Why Have Summer Adventures?

Family adventures build memories that last a lifetime, and there are so many different ways to have fun together: building things, cooking, crafts, creative play and exploring the great outdoors to name just a few.

Your kids will love to spend time with you and you’ll have the chance to talk, play and maybe even learn something new about them.

Whether you play games, cook, create art, build a fort, open a lemonade stand or plan a staycation, you’re bound to have a great time!

Find something here to fit any amount of time you have, from quick games you can play in a few minutes to projects you can work on all summer.



The Art of Roughhousing: Why Your Kids Need It

podcast iconDo your kids like to wrestle, tumble or get tossed in the air?

Do you worry that you’re playing too rough?

A little horseplay is actually good for your kids’ development. It’s OK to take off the kid gloves!

To learn about the importance of roughhousing, I interview Anthony DeBenedet for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

More About This Show

parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.

It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Anthony DeBenedet, co-author of the book, The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It.

He’s a board-certified physician, a dad who likes adventure and an advocate for parent-child play.

Anthony shares why roughhousing is so important for your child’s development.

You’ll discover how to incorporate more physical play into your lives and tips for some games you can play.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

Do your kids like roughhousing? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 8, Anthony DeBenedet shares why roughhousing is important for your child's development.

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How to Have a Rock and Mineral Treasure Hunt With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by rocks?

Want to get them outside and excited about nature?

Then take your kids sifting for gemstones.

First, you’ll make a gem sifter. Then enjoy the thrill of discovering rocks in nature and exploring basic geology. It’ll be a rock-solid experience you’re sure to remember.

In this article I’ll show you and the rockhounds in your family how to have an exciting mining adventure.

Do your kids love rocks? Discover their inner rockhounds with a rock and mineral treasure hunt. Make a sifter, salt the mine, and dig for nature's treasures.

Why Go Rockhounding?

Rockhounding, also known as amateur geology, is an excellent way to get your kids excited to explore outside.

Go on a hike and collect rocks along the way. Or sift through the grit and sand of mines to discover treasures.

Identify the gems and minerals you find. Display your treasure or make a rock garden to remember the experience.

If you don’t have gems that occur naturally in your neighborhood, don’t worry. There’s a workaround you can use to make it a successful adventure for all the rockhounds in your family.



How to Have an Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt

Are your kids really excited about Easter?

Is the Easter egg hunt their favorite part?

Would you like to make your Easter egg hunt more about the adventure of hunting and less about a sugar-fest?

Hold an alphabet Easter egg hunt. It’s a fun activity that uses your kids’ brainpower instead of tantalizing their taste buds.

In this article I’ll show you how to plan an alphabet egg hunt, a scavenger hunt that’s fun for your kids at Easter or any time.

How to plan an Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt, a scavenger hunt that's fun for your kids at Easter or any time and challenges their minds.

Why an Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt?

An Easter egg hunt is the most well-known (and well-loved) scavenger hunt of all. Kids love the excitement of the search and the sweet treasure found inside their plastic eggs.

An alphabet egg hunt includes all of the fun without focusing on the sugar. It will give your kids an opportunity to use their brains and burn some energy while they search for eggs that contain letters of the alphabet.

Let your kids take control of hiding the eggs, too. They’ll love to “be the bunny” and think of creative places to hide lettered eggs, like a “B” egg in the bathtub or an “M” egg in the mailbox.



How to Make a String Laser Maze, Mission Impossible Style!

Do your kids like to play spy games?

Will they fearlessly face danger to retrieve secret treasures?

They’re in luck. Here’s a mission (if they choose to accept it) that requires courage, supreme cleverness and agility.

Only the wiliest secret agents need proceed.

In this article I’ll show you how to transform simple string into an obstacle course that will have your kids twisting and turning their way to secret treasures.

Mission Impossible? More like Mission Awesome! Read on to learn how to set up this challenge.

Mission: Fun! Transform simple string into a laser maze obstacle course that will have your spy kids twisting and turning their way to secret treasures.

Why a String Laser Maze?

In the movies, you often see spies go through extreme obstacle courses to get where they need to go. In this activity, we replace lasers with string to simulate a safe, fun spy mission for your kids.

To reach the treasure, your kids will not only have to think their way through the maze, but also their bodies will get a great workout. How many shapes can they bend their bodies into as they weave through the web of laser string?

You’ll have so much fun watching them, you’ll want to try it yourself.



How to Have a Rainbow Treasure Hunt With Your Kids: St. Patrick’s Day Style

Do your kids spend way too much time in front of the TV and not enough time in active play?

Looking for a fun and active way to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day?

Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day or any day.

After all, who wouldn’t want to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure and create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick's Day or any day.

Why a Rainbow Treasure Hunt?

A rainbow treasure hunt is the perfect way to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

The leprechaun is a primary symbol of the March 17th holiday. Tradition tells us that these fairies, dressed all in green, hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Leprechauns enjoy mischief and are difficult to catch because they’re always one step ahead. And if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold or grant you three wishes in exchange for his release.

What better way to celebrate springtime than to send your kids on a search through the rainbow for a leprechaun and his pot of gold?



Ten Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Your Kids

Do your kids complain that there’s nothing to do?

Want to liven things up with a fun activity that can be done anytime, anywhere, for the cost of a few trinkets or treats?

Send them on a scavenger hunt! Whether you have one child or a large group, it’s an easy way to add fun to an ordinary day and beat the boredom blues. And you can turn almost anything into a scavenger hunt!

In this article you’ll find 10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) that you can do right now with your kids. And I’ll share tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) to do right now with your kids. Tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

Why a Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are fun! They add something extra to ordinary events and make them memorable.

They’re easy to create and can be tailored to any theme, any age, any place. Scavenger hunts are usually thought of for parties or other large groups, but they’re just as fun for small families or even individual children.

A scavenger hunt adds an element of competition, urgency and excitement to any everyday event and makes it something special. They’re great for parties, but equally fun for rainy days, car trips, visits to new places, meeting new people or any time kids get bored. You can make almost anything—even chores—into a game by turning it into a scavenger hunt.

I’ll show you how…



How to Create a Puzzle Treasure Hunt for Kids

Does your family like puzzles?

How about a treasure hunts?

Combine the two into an activity that’s fun for everyone.

In this article I’ll show you, piece by piece, how to put together a puzzle treasure hunt that will send your family on a search for clues through the house or around the neighborhood.

Learn how to put together a puzzle treasure hunt that will send your family on a search for clues through the house or around the neighborhood.

Why a Puzzle Treasure Hunt?

Treasure hunts can be lots of fun. There are endless variations so you can mix things up to keep them interesting and hold your kids’ attention.

A puzzle treasure hunt adds an extra element. It requires players to work together and problem-solve to reach the end of the hunt, because the players must put together a small jigsaw puzzle to reveal each clue. What a great way to foster cooperation and communication skills among your kids—all while they’re having fun!

A recent episode of The Big Bang Theory inspired my family to add this puzzling new twist to the good-ole family treasure hunt. Even if you don’t watch the show, I’m sure you and your kids will enjoy it just as much as we did.


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