Are the kids restless and need something to do? It can be hard to keep kids entertained without tearing the house down. A life saver would be to finding something constructively fun that mom and dad can enjoy as well. Consider your life saved! Take a look at five fun projects the family can do today!
Legos are super fun and can keep kids occupied for hours! I can testify to this as I used to work in a daycare and Legos were a big go-to activity to keep active kids preoccupied for a while. What I like about it is that Legos intellectually stimulates them problem-solving puzzle methods. Get the kids together and have “Lego battles”. Challenge to create projects. They can be as easy as building their own sculpture or as complicated to creating a complex zoo. For added fun – particularly for older children – use themed Legos like:
- Harry Potter
- Jurassic World
- Alpha Team
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Angry Birds
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Star Wars
- Th Avengers
Small building pieces can pose a choking hazard for younger kids. Use foam blocks or extra-large Legos to keep them safe!
Build Your Own Home Theater
Instead of going out to the movies, create your own home cinema for a family time the kids will love! Do you have an old sun-room or extra space filled with forgotten junk? These are the perfect spots for a DIY home project! Round up the family and have them help clear the room. Kids can sweep, clean walls, and wipe windows. Furnish the room with furniture in the house or go out and buy new additions if you have the budget (the kiddos will be excited to take part in picking pieces out!). Fill the room with things that will complete the atmosphere – bean bag chairs, sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets, candy station, popcorn machine, movie posters, etc. This project can easily turn a dingy room into the favorite family spot!
Garden in the Backyard
Gardening is an amazing way to get in touch with nature and teach your kids awesome skills! Plus, it makes the yard look great! There are a lot of ways you can get the kiddos involved with gardening. If they have an old sandbox they don’t use, turning into a big garden pot of their own. Let them choose the flowers – some flowers can be edible for motivating their excitement – and assist them with planting. Make sure they are setup for success by ensuring the plants will get enough sunlight, water, and TLC. Or, you can create a little slice of paradise by planting flowers in a certain shape (square, circle, heart etc.) that once flourishing, lets the kids have space to lay out and enjoy the outside in a personalized nook. This boosts their self-esteem and gives them something to proudly show when guests come over. I personally recommend starting with easy with a few flower pots to plant in the garden bed and go from there!
Transform a Room
Remember that dirty, forgotten room we talked about making into a movie theater? Well, you can use that room for other purposes too:
- Game center
- Craft room
- Spare bedroom
- Home office
- Activity center for the kids
- Party space
- Reading room
- Family room
Do the usual sprucing and cleaning up. Monitor the kids to make sure they are not touching anything they shouldn’t or improperly handling cleaning agents – you can always use non-toxic cleaners! Decorate the room as you want and voila – new and improved!
Decorate Your Mailbox
How many times have you looked outside your window or walked up to the porch and cringe at the ancient rusty mailbox? You know who should get on this? The kids! Take them to a local craft or party store and have them pick out embellishments – glitter glue, sparkles, stickers, beads, ribbon, gems, paint, etc. – to turn the crusty mailbox from drab to fab! The projects will add a splash of your family’s personality to the outside appearance of your home. You can make this a regular routine for seasons and holidays! Just make sure the mail carrier can still see your address without trouble.
Are you feeling inspired! Ask the kids what they would like to do and get on it! Productivity and entertainment coupled with family bonding pave the way for a successful day!
Do you have projects you would like to share? Post them in the comment section!