As you spend days changing diapers, cleaning up messes, or carpooling, it can be easy to miss the adventure and freedom to go off by ourselves (even for just ten minutes). There are times I longingly look back on Guatemala, Rome, Romania, and bungee jumping in Switzerland–what!? Life looks so different now.
But, as Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Seasons will not last forever. Our children won’t be babies, toddlers, elementary-age, or teenagers forever. They’re growing up fast, and this is a season. There is indeed a time for everything. A time for adventure, and a time for simplicity. A time for travel, and a time to stay put.
Now your adventure just looks different. It involves precious little children the Lord saw fit for you to raise. Our adventures don’t have to take place across the globe–they can be right here at home.
Here are 20 simple activities to spice up days with our kiddos in the midst of daily life!
- Have a picnic in your back yard, or family room if it’s raining, to change things up. Have a breakfast picnic in your kids’ bedroom.
- Do a science experiment such as an exploding volcano. Click here for a huge list of experiments such as ice chalk, bubbles, slime, and ice crystal names.
- Alter a cookie recipe you have, letting your kids come up with the ingredients.
- Create a scavenger hunt for your kids leading to a simple surprise.
- Create a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood.
- Make mud pies WITH your kids in the backyard.
- Find a creek to explore or skip rocks on.
- Spin a globe or point to a map after closing your eyes, and randomly pick a place to take an imaginary trip to. Have fun researching the country and making that country’s food.
- Make slime with cornstarch and water. Put amount of cornstarch in first, and then slowly add water until you have consistency you want (2 cups cornstarch, and 1 cup water works well).
- Play a game of Uno. Winner gets a back massage.
- Throw on the music, have a dance party, and imitate each other’s moves.
- Write anonymous, encouraging notes for friends and ring the doorbell and run so you’re not seen. Let the kids (and maybe even you) dress up in disguise.
- Create the grandest fort you have ever seen with blankets and pillows. Then, play in the fort with your kids.
- Pick a Bible story to act out, and have fun dressing up and playing the part.
- Play old classics like Kick the can, Hop Scotch, Pictionary, or Charades.
- Have a talent show. Show them “Suzy Stretch” where one person lays down (put a blanket over his head), and the other person sits on top of that person’s stomach and pretends to have “amazing flexibility”-looks hilarious.
- Find a short hike to take your kids on (gummy bears are a great inspiration to keep spirits up, and complaining down!). Along the way, play “Would you Rather.” For 30 question ideas search “Would You Rather” on my blog page.
- Have your children lay on their back and draw eyes and a nose on their chins so it looks like faces (or use washable paint as long as it doesn’t drip). Cover the rest of their face with a blanket. Now have them sing or say silly things-that should get the laughter going!
- Have a classic water balloon fight.
- Roll up Questions and place them in balloons, and then blow them up. Have your kids pop them to answer the questions. Ideas are: “What would your dreamland be like?”, “If you could create an animal, what would it look like?”, “If you created one invention, what would it be?”, or “Describe your best day.” They might have fun drawing their answers to their questions also.
I hope these ideas add some spice and fun to daily life with your kids!