In this day in age, it’s tricky to schedule in quality time as a family. Many of us eat dinner at different times throughout the evening, we work long hours, and our kids are so immersed in their screens we wouldn’t be surprised to find they’ve not actually looked at real life human being all day.
So, it’s important to make some memories the kids will never forget.
Here are a handful of suggestions for the kinds of activities you can do with your children that will stand the test of time to be reminisced about in the future…
While kids thrive with routine and structure, there’s nothing they find more thrilling than deviating from it once in a while… and what change is bigger than sleeping in the wild beside their parents and siblings rather than in their bed at home?
Set off as a family to a countryside location and pitch up your tent (enlisting the help of the kids if you can handle it). Enjoy the quality time together, make a camp fire and treating the kids to a camping meal in the great outdoors. Your children will love the novelty of eating and sleeping in the wild, shining their torch in the direction of bats and all the other animals that come out to play at night-time.
The RPSB have some great ideas for campfire recipes, including baked bananas with
chocolate and buggy pizzas. And, you can buy the clothing your children will need online, such as kids’ raincoats, waterproof trousers and wellies. Just don’t forget to bring kindling and something to start a fire with… those marshmallows aren’t going to toast themselves, after all.
Another novel idea that the kids won’t forget in a hurry is a spot of stargazing. Think about it: when was the last time you laid a blanket out on the lawn in the pitch black night and stretched out to see if you could spot constellations. Never? Well then neither have your children, most likely!
Wrap up warm and consider taking a flask of hot chocolate outside with you so you don’t get too cold, downloading a stargazing app too to help inform you about what it is you’re seeing in the sky. The kids will love doing this, and it makes a change from simply staring at the TV on a Friday night.
Of course, not all activities need to be outdoors or even that ‘exciting’ to be memorable. For many of us, our fondest childhood memories are of the times we were read to. So, head to your local library or browse online somewhere like Amazon, sitting down with your kids tochoose books they’d like to devour.
Children love being read to before bed, and for many children it’s a central part of a night
time routine designed to make them feel safe and sleepy. If one or some of your kids aren’t
too keen on reading, here are some ideas you can try to turn that around.
A final activity that your children won’t forget is one that falls once a year or represents a particular family tradition. For instance, you could cook a particularly special breakfast on their birthday (toast with Nutella and sprinkles feels like such a treat when you’re little), or you could make a Christmas tradition where children are allowed to skip breakfast and tuck into their selection box instead. Little annual activities like this are memorable and stay with children well into adulthood.
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