Kids don't need more toys or a new iPad. Kids need their parents to give them undivided attention. We all know undivided attention sounds very easy but in reality, it isn't. We are all too familiar with that ringing smart phone crying out for our attention to respond to an email.
Sometimes, our heart is willing but our flesh is sleepy. Somehow we feel that planning an activity is far too tiring and time consuming. The stress of finances can make us feel grounded and unable to venture out for family outings.
We have been through all of the above and would like to share 3 FUN and FREE activities you can enjoy with your kids! These activities can take between 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on your child's attention span. It may seem simple but your kids will be VERY happy if you are giving them full attention and engaging them in the activity.
#1 roll around in bed together
It may sound silly but kids love this! You can wrestle with them, tickle their little feet and tell silly jokes. Use that blanket of yours as a little tent and read story books together with a torch light until the sheets. Gwyn and Matt love rolling around in bed being silly together. Parents get an excuse to stay in bed a little longer!
Grab a few toy cars or soft toys and delve into the imaginary world with your little ones. This could go on for hours!
#2 ART JAM!
Secure some paper on the floor, arm yourselves with crayons/colour pencils and let your creativity take over. Our 1 year old had fun sitting on our art work and emptying the colour pencils from the box. Matt, mama and myself had fun drawing! It is always interesting to get your little one to explain their art work and let them to be imaginative. It doesn't matter if you can't draw to save your life, the point is to do something TOGETHER and give each other undivided attention.
#3 pretend play
Play some nice upbeat music on your radio/sound system and pretend to be Ariana Grande or Eric Clapton. Sing your hearts out and show off your dance move (or lack of, haha!). We always have a good laugh and enjoy nice music. Matthias got his pilot costume for his birthday this year and we have flown with him on his imaginary plane all over the world. He tried his hand at cutting tomatoes, breaking and beating an egg. These are teachable moments I got to teach him about the world map, aviation, cooking and music. He picks up vocabulary, learns logic and asks questions. The best part, it is FUN and FREE.
Fun doesn't always mean tiring, expensive and heading out of the house. Next time you get a free day with your kids, try these activities and make wonderful memories together! (FOR FREE!)
Vincent & Debra Kwan, Founders of Hiro & Jack and stay-at-home parents with the odd life.