Having 2 teenage daughters and 3 boys under the age of 10 it can sometimes be really hard in finding things that everyone wants to do together. Our daughters are really into their computers and music and spend a ton of time in their rooms, whereas our boys are into video games and playing outside. So getting together on the weekends when nothing else is going on, when were trying to figure out something that everyone is willing to do together was really hard for us until we realized getting the kids out of the house was the best idea. I’ve got 5 really great activities that works for both teens and also younger children.
1. Simon Says – I know this is going to seem a bit silly but my kids really love this game and it really helps us as parents to instill some healthy activities into their daily lives. We do everything from running in place all the way up to making them act out elaborate scenes from their favorite movies or cartoons. It is a fantastic way to really get them off their backsides and in motion. I am a huge supporter of having healthy kids and helping them maintain a healthy weight as well. With childhood obesity skyrocketing, playing a game like Simon says allows them to get the exercise that they need without it feeling like I am pressuring them or making them do exercise in the first place.
2. Let’s Play Ball! – Everyone in my house loves sports and I feel very fortunate about that. We vote down between who likes football and who likes baseball. Those are our two very favorite ball games to play. They have a very nice park down the street from our house that has both a baseball diamond and also a space wide enough to play a bit of the flag football that my husband and my oldest son likes so much.
3. Treasure Hunts! – We try to keep our meals and snacks as healthy as we can get them, but every once in a while we have a treasure hunt game and the winner gets a full sized candy bar as their reward. With 6 people in our house we build teams of 2 and then go off on our adventures. They do everything from a treasure map to using GPS systems on their cell phones to track and find the treasures at the end.
4. Gardening. – Now this one seems a bit strange but getting your kids involved in something that you love is super important. Kids of all ages love to feel helpful and useful, and when they see their work pay off in the garden it will keep them interested. We have our children pluck weeds from the rows of vegetables that we are growing. We allow them to pick ripe fruits and even allow them to water and feed the plants themselves. It’s a great way for all of us to spend time together doing something that helps the household as well.
5. Camping-nothing else sounds as fun and healthy but an outdoor camping trip! Aside from the fact that we love to travel, this is a great way to teach the kids how to survive in the wild.