Fun Activities For Families

Here we have collected a plenty of fun and creative ways to spend time with your family. You will find both indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages.

Ways to share love

“All you need is love!” The Beatles sang and looks like this is an answer to all the questions of life. And here are some ideas how to express it and good ways to keep in touch with your kids or beloved ones while being away.

Love notes/letters is old-fashioned but the most pleasant way to say things to your dear ones! If you do not trust snail-mail ask someone to help you and put letters which you have prepared before your leave in one place so that your kid could find them every day. (You can also make a post box from a shoe box so that the “mailman” could bring the letters).

If you’re a music lover, send your dear ones a song each time you think of them! You can do it via e-mail or make a music CD with songs that remind you of a time with your beloved ones. You can rename the songs on your playlist after the moments or record your comments before each track! If you’re up to it seriously you can make such CD for every day you’re away.

The other lovely way to remind your kids that you love them is to record fairy-tails or stories, or just things that you like about them and why they are dear to you, sing their favourite songs or tell what you remember about the time you’ve spent together, games you’ve played and so on. Make a CD or audiotape if you have an opportunity (the sound is more life alike) so that kids could listen to you every day before sleep.

You can also make a list of fun things to do before you come back. For example, leave a jar with small notes about with the tasks (go for an ice- cream, read a book, watch a movie, visit your grandparents, play with your friends, and so on) so that kids could take one and see what their fun of today will be.

Natural disaster experiments

Amazing experiments can be done just with some simple household things. It’s a good way to impress someone and surely to make a start for a wonderful journey into the world of science for youngsters! Even though dangerous and destroying, the most fascinating happenings are volcano and geyser eruptions, and tornadoes. Thanks to science it’s possible to make them happen home in a safe way with a possibility to observe and discover how it works!

Volcano eruption: You’ll need baking soda (not baking powder!), vinegar, a container or big pot to avoid big mess. Then as simple as that put some soda in the container, pour some vinegar on the middle of it and watch the volcanic eruption!

Geizer eruption: The ingredients for this eruption are large bottle of Diet Coke (check the expiration date – there’s more fizz in recently packed ones!), half pack or so of Mentos, and some kind of tube or funnel (there are special geyzer tubes to buy, but you can use your imagination and create your own!). This experiment is a bit messy so do it in a place that won’t worry you when the Coke lands everywhere. Stand the Coke bottle steadily and unscrew the lid. Put the tube and prepare around half pack of Mentos. Now your task is to put Mentos in the bottle all at the same time and then run aside when the eruption comes!

Tornado: Totally safe as it will be closed in a bottle! For this experiment you’ll need a plastic bottle with a cap, water, and dish washing liquid. Start by filling around three quarters of your bottle with water and add few drops of dish washing liquid. Close the bottle with the cap tightly so there is no water leakage. Now start tornado by turning the bottle upside down and holding it by the neck spin it around quickly so there is a circular motion. Stop after a few seconds and observe tornado! It will be small and might not be seen after the first time. Therefore, spin the bottle few times more! You can also add some glitter so the tornado would be more visible! Have fun!

Fun learning projects

One of the easiest ways to learn and recognise things is when they are a part of your environment and everyday life. These are few ideas how to learn about art, but they can be easily adapted to such things as biology or astronomy as well!

To start with, every week or month prepare an exhibition at home of an artist that you’d like your kid/s to know about (that can be painters, dancers, musicians and so on)! The easiest way is to browse the Internet for some information and then prepare a board with some information and images. If you’re exhibiting a sound or visual artist, listen tracks or watch some videos.

The more difficult yet more fun way is to go library together with your kids and find some books. This way you can introduce your children to libraries and it’s always more pleasant to browse through some art books than watch it in the screen (and you don’t have to buy books!). Another big step is museum (or theatre and concerts!). If you have possibility, visit an exhibition of the works of the artists that you’ve learned about. It’s always a big difference to see an original works of art!

When your child has some knowledge of art, propose him to make his own encyclopaedia of art/music/dance/etc. Use a bigger scrapbook, printed images from the Internet or cuts from old magazines, scissors and glue to put everything into a personal (or family) art book! Encourage your kid to write down some most interesting facts about the artist’s life, techniques he used to create the work, place and year where the piece of art was made, why he likes this particular work. If there’s more enthusiasts to make such encyclopaedia they can share each other’s works and tell things they found out – it’s a great way to learn even more and in a fun way!

Easy science experiments

Our world is full of wonders. Fortunately, some of the wonders can be created with simple household supplies! Use them for fun and education!

Invisible ink might be known from movies when ancient secrets are sometimes written on old maps or pieces of paper. Apparently, it’s very easy to make at home! To prepare some ink you’ll need a half of lemon and some water. Firstly, squeeze lemon juice into a bowl and add a little water (just a few drops) and stir the juice and water with a spoon. After, take a cotton bud and grab a little of the mixture with it. Now you can write your secret message on a piece of white paper. The secret is ready to be read when the paper is dry. To do that you’ll need to heat your piece of paper holding it near a light bulb! Tip: you can use this trick in treasure hunting games. For example, by making an invisible map or one of the tasks!

Rainbow is one of the most beautiful things on the Earth. Luckily, with the help of science you don’t have to wait for a rainy and sunny day at the same time! It’s enough of a sunny day, a glass of water and white paper to enjoy it more often. Take the glass with water, paper and find a window where the sun shines into a room. Hold the glass of water between the window and the paper so that the light passes through the glass. See how the light reflects and creates a colourful rainbow on the piece of paper! Move the glass with water into different positions and see how this affects the rainbow!

Another thing that you can do with water is to bend it with static. To do this kind of experiment you’ll need a plastic comb or an inflated balloon, a water stream (from a tap or water hose) and dry hair. Start with turning on the water (make it fall as a narrow stream of few millimetres), then brush your or somebody else’s dry hair with a comb (or rub the balloon into the hair) for a few times and move the comb or the balloon near the stream of water (do it slowly and don’t touch the water!). Enjoy the water bending!

Star watching

Summer is a perfect time of the year to discover the night life of the sky. When sun comes down, the whole new world of lights opens up for exploration!

It is actually enough to go outside and lift up your eyes into the sky. However if you live in a big city you might want to go outside of it so that the city lights wouldn’t distract the view. In that case grab a blanket, flashlight, map of stars (or even telescope) and some snacks and hit the road while you find a nice field or hill to settle down. While you gazing at the stars it’s a good time to talk about some things in the space.

How do the stars move in the sky?

What kind of the moon phase is it? How to recognise it?

Where could be another planet and what is the difference between a planet and a star? Is there life on other planets?

How does the ordinary day look like on other planets?

If you could make a star cancellation – where would you put in the sky and what form will it have? Would it have a story (or ancient myth) like other star constellations?

Do you know the myths about the creation of some of the major star constellations? Share!

What other celestial bodies might be seen in the sky (like meteorites, comets, satellites, asteroids, etc.)?

How do the sun and the moon co-exist in the sky? Do you know any stories why one is seen only in the night and other only in the day? And how come sometimes it’s possible to see them both?

What do you think about possibility that the Earth can be hit by a large asteroid?

What do you know about black holes? Do they exist? How do they work?

Boxes of activities

Sometimes you have tons of things to do and yet keep your child busy. Here are some rescue boxes that will help you to occupy bored children at home.

For a start, you can prepare a young baker’s box. It’s good to keep it somewhere up and out of reach so it would be more interesting for a child to use it when the special moment comes. Fill the box with unbreakable tools like measure cups, plastic or wooden spoons, bowls, cookie forms, rolling pin, and so on. Child can use these tools to play with modelling clay, dry pasta, or join you while making real dishes.

Busy box filled with pencils, crayons, water colours, paper, stickers, rubber stamps, glue, scissors, printed colouring images/books, and so on, can be a savour for bad weather or just hours when a child is in a creative mood.

Masquerade box full of different kind of clothes could be an option for occupying a bunch of children. They can dress unexpectedly or even make a small theatre! Have this box with old clothes, hats, shoes, wigs, jewels, and so on, from your or grandparent’s wardrobe. Renew it with new items from flea markets, charity shops, sales in special costume stores for more excitement each time of use!

Rainy day box is worth to keep hidden and take out only when the weather is bad or your child is sick. Try to surprise your child each time so she/he will have to be excited about. Things to put into the box could be: new set of pencils/markers/paints, paper pad for drawing, book, CD with music or DVD with cartoons, and so on.

Game ideas box can contain strips with game ideas, activities that do not need any materials. You can find a lot of those in this website!

The World Of Feelings

Help your kids discover the world of feelings! Usually everyone likes to talk about what he/she feels, and it is very interesting and exciting to explore and find out that everyone has them. And, don‘t forget that there isn‘t good or bad feelings – it just one of them are positive, other negative, but all are perfect in a way that a person feels whatever he has to feel at that moment to learn something out of it!

“Drawing feelings” – the aim of this activity is to talk about feelings. And usually talking about feelings brings us a sense of togetherness. You can start with naming the feelings and then thinking what colours can be connected to each of them. It‘s better to draw with pencils, crayons or water-colours as they tend to bring more freedom in the process than markers. So, after finding with what to draw take some paper and proceed! When everybody‘s finished let them tell about the colours and feelings they drew. You can also find some common points and make conclusions. Or take it easy and write a poem – let the drawings inspire you!

The next time if are about to discover more of the feelings, you can play “Impersonate a feeling” game! Start with naming different feelings and writing them down on a blackboard or on a piece of paper. Then discuss how those feelings could be expressed (for example, with some kind of movements, mimics, sounds, etc.). Someone can choose and impersonate one of the written feelings, while other should guess what feeling that was.

A Book About Me

Making of “A book about me” is a great activity that allows you to learn more about yourself and your dear ones.

You‘ll need few sheets of paper (size A4), stuff for drawing and writing (also you can make collage in which case you‘ll need colour paper or old magazines, sizers, paper glue).

When you‘re ready just take the A4 papers and make a book from them by bending. If you like, you can put a colourful paper sheet on top as a cover! Join the papers using thread and needle, or just a simple stapler. Then on top of every page write a sentence with an open end. When it‘s done the fun part of drawing the ends for them starts!

Here are some examples of sentences:

My first memory ever…

I love…

My family members…

I‘m happy when…

I don‘t like when…

My first date…

My best qualities…

What I want to improve in my life…

My home…

My room…

I miss…

I will never forget…

My favourite toy is…

My best friend is…

My favourite activity is…

I like to spend time with…

My life in five years from now…

When I grow up I want to be…

My most favourite place in whole world…

And so on. You can choose the text considering the age of drawers and what you want to discuss with them.