Our children’s lives are filled with entertainment options. The problem is, they’re not always the healthiest or lead to any sort of positive growth.
Television is packed with advertisements, pushing our children to want more and more.
The internet is very difficult to manage, and kids can discover things they have no business seeing.
Too many video games can lead to a detached feeling about reality, and based on their age or your neighborhood, it’s not always a viable option to simply let them go play outside. So when the work week is over and all the chores are done, what are some fun activities a mom and her child can do together?
You can invest in internet monitoring devices, but there are other options when work week is over and all the chores are done, what are some fun activities a mom and her child can do together?
Create a photo project. With the advent of digital photography, it’s no longer expensive to give you child a camera and let them shoot away. And there’s no better way for your child to share with you their view on the world than through photography. Go out with a couple of point and shoot cameras and make a day of it. Come up with themes – love, animals, colors – and have them take pictures of what those themes mean to them. Then bring the cameras home and make a digital album. Your child will love seeing their work come to life, and it gives them a project they can share with family and friends.
Plan a movie night. Sure, watching a movie together is nothing new, but there’s tons of ways to make it special. Plan a fancy movie night with your child. Buy paper popcorn bags like they have at the theater, and pop popcorn together the old fashioned way. Come up with some interesting toppings, like cheese or cinnamon and sugar, and curl up on the couch together. Let your child pick their favorite movie, and then follow it up with one of your own. You can even plan an intermission, and tell your child stories about your favorite movie theater experiences when you were a kid.
Puzzle it out. Take your child to a game store and pick up a jigsaw puzzle to do together. Make sure it’s within their age range, so it stretches their skill level, but isn’t so difficult to be frustrating. Puzzles are known to be incredibly effective learning tools, and kids pick up a whole range of skills and concepts while having fun in the process. And if it’s a tough puzzle, you can leave it set up over the week, giving your child something to think about and look forward to for the weekend.
Create a scavenger hunt. With a bit of planning and imagination, a home scavenger hunt can be a super fun way to pass an afternoon stuck in the house. Whenever you’re out shopping, pick up a couple of small, random prizes. A unique candy, a toy, a ticket to something fun. Then come up with a series of clues and hide the prizes around the house. Your child won’t even know they’re cooped up inside when their house becomes a mystery to solve!
Throw a talent show. A great idea when you have more than one child, or your child has friends visiting. Everybody knows about American Idol, so throw your own! Whoever isn’t performing can judge, and there can be several rounds of competition. But the important thing is, take part in it yourself. Your child wants to see you having fun too. So whether you spent your youth with baton twirlers or belly dancers, dust off that old costume and grab a microphone. Your child will never forget it.