Wednesday, April 20, 2011

30 Fun (and Frugal) Family Activites

Having fun with your family doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg!  Although there are many family activities that cost more than an arm and a leg, like going to a movie for instance, there are lots of ways to have fun with your family without breaking the bank.  Try some of these..........

  • Ride bicycles together.
  • Take your children with you to work for the day.
  • Collect aluminum cans and recycle them.
  • Things to do on a rainy day...splash in a puddle, sing in the rain, read the story of Noah and the Ark, color a rainbow.
  • Climb a tree.
  • Choose a picture from a magazine or newspaper and write a one-page story about it.
  • Play miniature golf.
  • Read Psalm 119 and illustrate it.
  • Tell stories of famous brothers and sisters in the Bible (Miriam, Aaron, Moses or Martha, Mary, Lazarus).  Share a story about brothers and sisters in your family.
  • Play marbles outside.
  • Fold paper planes and see whose plane goes the farthest.
  • Find socks around the house that don't have a match.  Make sock puppets and create a funny story.
  • Visit a local museum.
  • Make a "stick family".  Each person in your family decorates a craft stick with markers, yarn, or paper so that it resembles him.  Glue the sticks to poster board and display it.
  • Share the story of the resurrection of Jesus with your family.
  • Go to the playground.  Join your children on the swings and down the slide.
  • Visit the library with your children.  Get a library card for them if they don't already have one.
  • Play with your pet (s).  If your family doesn't have one, visit a pet store.
  • Devise an obstacle course.  Hold a race to see who can walk around the obstacles to the finish line the fastest.
  • Color Easter eggs.
  • Share riddles and knock-knock jokes around the dinner table.
  • Draw a picture of your favorite bird.  Add beads, fabric, or feathers to the picture.
  • Make a pretend banjo with a box and strings.  Sing "Oh Susanna".
  • Volunteer as a family at a local homeless shelter, library, or your church.
  • Use a shoebox to make an Easter scene.  Choose items such as a cross, a stone, and a folded cloth to represent different facts about Easter.
  • Plant flowers around the house.
  • Pick up trash at a park.
  • Write a newspaper.  Include photos and articles about recent family activities.  Make copies and send to relatives.
  • Go through your closets.  Choose at least five items from each closet to give away. 
  • Sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and talk about its history.  Illustrate the song.
  • Prepare a care package for someone in the military.  Thank them for their service.

1 comment:

  1. Stephanie,
    Just letting you know that I've been thinking of as your time to deliver grows closer. Praying for a safe delivery and God's blessing.



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