Reading time can get a bit boring for kids, but you can make it interesting by joining and discussing the reading materials with them. Go to the local library. Lead your children to interesting stories and new characters. Some libraries schedule story telling time for children. If yours does, give librarian a few suggestions to spice up the program.
Do you have local parks or nature reserves nearby? Prepare lunch boxes. Bring some pens and paper, too. Make your kids draw sceneries, animals,trees, houses, etc. It is also a great time to teach kids about protecting the environment. Take them to a quiet spot where you can bond together at lunchtime.
If you live too far from places to take a nature trip, you can try flying kites instead. All you need is a wide open space and of course, some wind. Bring fruit juice. Make it more fun by letting your kids have some friendly competition while they’re at it.
Do this while your children are young. If the grandparents are living nearby, do the visits often. Make the trip more interesting by showing them around to places you grew up. Also, be sure that the kids bring small presents their grandparents will love.
Tell the kids that the family is having a blackberry pie for dinner. They will learn how to bake at such a tender age. But first, they must join to pick blackberries. Issue a challenge on who can pick the most berries and give them a prize.
This one is good for introducing the kids to basic economics and budgeting. Let the children identify what’s missing in the kitchen and refrigerator.
Young boys go through a phase when vehicles become fascinating to them. Visit the nearest airport and allow them to watch the traffic moving here and there. If the airport is too far, you may try going to the train station. A ferry port is also a good substitute for this purpose.
If you’re planning a picnic, the nearest river would be a good location. Tell your kids you will do stone throwing there. Make everyone participate in a friendly competition to pick the one who can throw a stone the farthest (let the kids win once in a while!). Bring fishing equipment just in case you have time to spend for an alternate activity.