With busy schedules, you probably don’t get a lot of time together as a family. Make it count with a family activity that promotes fun and bonding. You can always do a family movie night or a game night, but there are some other options if you want to mix things up a little.
Bust out the instruments or the radio for a music-filled family night at home. If you have instruments, make your own family band. Make up a song and perform it as a family. Don’t forget to set up the video camera to catch it all. You can also make your own instruments using found objects around the house. Make a tambourine from a butter container filled with dried beans, for example.
If you don’t want to mess with instruments, use mainstream music to rock the night away. Take turns lip syncing to songs. Or coordinate a whole dance routine to a favorite song. Don’t forget to dance with your kids. It’s a great way to have fun and burn calories.
Head to the kitchen with the family for a challenge-style cook-off. There are several options. Break up into teams and have each team make a favorite recipe that is judged. Or give each team a basket of ingredients all of which they have to use in a dish. If you don’t want to make it a competition, just plan a fun themed meal that you prepare together before your other family night activities.
Homemade Games and Challenges
Instead of a traditional board game night, make up your own games. You might come up with an obstacle course in the backyard or come up with game-show style challenges, such as eating something gross or balancing on a small surface for as long as possible. You can create your own mini golf course in the backyard by setting up different obstacles and using coffee cans as the holes.
You probably don’t take your kids to fancy restaurants very often. Not only are they expensive, it’s tough for kids to sit still and quietly for that long. But your kids might enjoy having your own fancy night at home. Let them dress up in their fanciest clothes. Use the fine china on the table.
Want to encourage your child to read more? Plan a night around books. Head to the library or book store to stock up on a bunch of new books. Throw lots of pillows and blankets on the floor for a soft place to rest. Everyone can read their own books, or you can read books aloud. Don’t forget to plan fun related activities. You might make your own bookmarks or act out your favorite part of a story, for example.
Go Out Back
If you have a backyard, move your family fun night outside. Set up a tent and have a backyard camp out. Or set up a telescope and look at the stars. Catch fireflies. Or have a picnic out back. You’ll get lots of fresh air and have a fun time with your family.