Are you trying Turnoff Week this week? Don’t know what to do? It’s Wednesday, are you running out of ideas? Here’s a brainstorming-type list. See if you can find some inspiration here:
– Cook together – Bake fun goodies or make dinner. Try something exotic – kids are far more likely to eat “weird” food if they make it themselves. Have a Kids Cook Night!
– Be tourists – visit a local attraction that you have never visited before.
– Try a craft or an art project. For ideas, you can always search the old Unplugged Projects (the category is: “Unplugged Project” of course!). Be sure to check out readers’ links for ideas too.
– Flip a rock to see what’s under it. Photograph, draw, or write about your results.
– Go outside and play. If you live in a city and have no yard, then go to the park.
– Read a book out loud. By the way, you don’t have to read only simple picture books to toddlers. They love those, but a nice, appropriate chapter book read in bits can hold their attention (and yours) too.
– Put on some music and dance.
– Dejunk your house, or a room of your house. Eliminating and organizing stuff might not always be fun, but it leaves you with a lightness of spirit when you are done. Here’s a post with some ideas for what to do with your cast-offs: Sort, Junk, Donate.
– Volunteer with your child for a local charity. If you are unfamiliar with the organization it is best to call first to find out what they need and whether a child the age of yours would be welcome.
– Play some board games together, or have a formal family game night. My advice for preserving your sanity: try to pick a game that your children like, but that is not deadly boring for the adult participants. (ie. stay away from Candyland – that one sends me into an immediate coma.)
– Write a story together and illustrate it.
– Play with your pets, wash the dog, teach him dog tricks, put the cat away and get the bird out …
– Learn a new skill together: knitting, crocheting, French knitting (aka. corking, mushroom knitting, knitting knobby, knitting nancy, spool knitting), finger knitting, weaving, embroidery, needlepoint, wool felting. If you don’t have a French knitter, make one out of a tin can. If you don’t have a weaving loom, make one out of a picture frame!
– Take a walk around your neighborhood, or be adventurous and go on a real “nature hike!” Check out these sites for more outdoors/nature-related ideas: Backyard Nature, Green Hour
– Organize a family (or neighborhood) soccer game. Or basketball, or baseball, or tag, or “Mother May I…”
– When all else fails…bring out the Mommy I’m Bored Box.