You can spend quality time with your children by participating in activities and going to enjoyable places. Take photos of your most precious moments with your kiddos, to keep those memories alive in your home for many years to come. They will appreciate your time and effort in making their childhood special. You and your children can learn and value your experiences together. Make sure that you prepare for activities by having the right protective gear and appropriate attire, to make your outings and activities safe.
1. Go bike riding in a kid-friendly environment. This is a great opportunity to teach pedestrian safety in a fun way. Set an example by showing them biking safety, and allowing them to follow your lead. Be sure to wear safety gear. If you need to teach a beginner how to ride a bike, be patient.
2. Play indoor or outdoor games. Participating in board games, follow the leader games and video games gives your kids a chance to be competitive and laugh.
3. Paint some pictures for relatives, friends of the family or just to hang up in your home. Encourage free thought to allow their personalities to show through the art work. You and your children can be creative as you engage in finger painting or brush painting activities.
4. Read child-friendly books. Locate age-appropriate stories to read to your kids, or have them read you a story. Allow your children to participate in choosing books that interest them.
5. Visit local children’s museums. Obtain a calendar of children’s events from your local library. Your children will meet other children and engage in many activities (movie day, story time, arts and crafts).
6. Go on a family camping trip. Allow your children to experience life in the wilderness. If they are old enough, you can roast marshmallows and sing songs around a camp fire.
7. Take them to a theme park. Get on rides, win some prizes and have lunch as a family. Theme parks usually offer rides and games for many ages.
8. Play a variety of sports. Let the kids choose sports (soccer, volley ball, tennis, basketball, and football) that they wish to play. This is a great way to promote good health through physical activity.
9. Go to an outdoor park. You can push them on the swing and clap as they go down the slide.
10. Teach them to skate. Take them ice skating at an arena, or roller skating at a skating ring. Encourage your kids to get back up and keep trying after falling.
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