Looking for some good clean family fun that won’t break the bank or make you break out in hives? Here’s a short list of fun things to do with the family.
Confession time: my kids play too many video games and watch too many Youtube videos. We don’t have cable, but we have Amazon, and so many of them drift toward screens when school is done for the day.
Who are we kidding? So do I.
FishPapa and I have been discussing this and troubleshooting how we can turn the tide in our home. While we don’t think video games are the devil, we also know we don’t want a steady diet of them, especially as the summer approaches.
How can we drum up good clean family fun without a lot of expense or hassle?
Good Clean Family Fun
Here are some of the things we can do break our screen daze and enjoy time together:
1. Get outside.
Fresh air is so good for the soul, mind, and body. Making outdoor time a priority is important. Take the kids for a walk, go to the lake or beach, or hike a local trail. There are lots of things that you can do to enjoy the great outdoors, even if you’re not into nature all that much.
Exercise will help your kids sleep better and also help them think better. Brains on exercise do great thinking! Take that aforementioned walk through the neighborhood, brave the pool, or take up some kind of active sport that you can do as a family, like bike riding or skating.
3. Get crafty.
I’ll admit. I’m not a super crafty mom. But, I know my girls love it. (The boys used to before it became uncool. I’m not sure when that was.) Anyways, the girls love nothing better than to sit at a table with a markers, paper, glue, or paint. And I love to color with them.
If your kids are like mine, having a craft box on hand is particularly helpful.
4. Teach the kids to cook.
I’ve got a child pining away to be on Chopped Junior. We’ve even taken up our old practice of playing Chopped at home.
This year, I want to take it a step farther by making sure that ALL THE KIDS have basic cooking skills. We’re going to get back to everyone helps mom in the kitchen and all that jazz.
5. Make “intentional desserts” together.
We recently made the move from dessert 2 -3 times a day, to dessert once a week. Basically, I’m working to scale back my kids’ intake of sugar. Weeknight dessert is fruit or yogurt, with one “real” dessert on the weekends. I think making dessert special and intentional will help us have our cake and eat it, too. 😉
That’s the cheesecake FishPapa and the kids made for my birthday last year. So good! At the top of the page is immortalized the day he and the girls made Smart Cookies from the Nerdy Nummies Cookbook and had to make sense of bad icing directions.
6. Play a game.
I bought the family a set of Clue this past Christmas. I was surprised how much the kids like it! Well, at least the U12 crowd does. Exploding Kittens was a winner with the older ones. Trivial Pursuit from the Christmas before is still a big hit!
Games continue to be a fun thing for the whole family, and a great way to spend some time together. I’ve even packed Spot-it on dinners out.
And let me tell you, Bean Boozled was a hoot! Gross, but hilarious.
7. Watch a good movie or show.
We are movie people, so sitting down to watch something substantial is a lot of fun for us. We’ve not had great success with many of the new releases we’ve come across, but we have a list of favorite family films that we go back to often, plus we now have full access to RightNow Media. (See below)
There are plenty of things to do with our kids that can be fun, easy, and memory-making. Choose just one thing to fold into your week. You’ll have a blast with your kids — and they’ll remember it!
8. Get the Summer Survival Guide
The Summer Survival Guide is your ticket to summer fun with the kids. This 200+ page book contains EVERYTHING you need to orchestrate home learning activities, plan great meals, encourage your kids to read, have fun with friends and neighbors, get your house clean, and stay sane this summer!
You’ll actually be sad when the kids have to go back to school in the fall. How’s that for an awesome summer?