Weather too warm lately, down with the flu, or simply looking for ideas to have fun with the family indoors for a change? Look no further – the team at Genesis Childcare has compiled a list of unique activities that will hopefully make the family look forward to staying in for a change!
1. Work on combined art projects
Why not have a day where every member of the family comes together to create an art piece together? Memento(s) created double up as a decorative piece for the home as well as a physical manifestation of a core memory, making this one of the most meaningful activities a family can do together.
There are various ways to go about hosting arts and crafts days. Families whose parents or children have ideas can follow a central theme in creating individual projects. A medium which has become highly popular as of late is air-dry clay. An inexpensive and fuss-free option, why not try creating your own clay planters or clay trays together? The possibilities are endless!
Another popular option is to adopt a process-focused approach to art, where families create an open-ended project with no end goal or product in mind. A recent trend that has been popular is the Paint & Pass Challenge, where every person is given 5-10 minutes to paint a canvas before passing it to the person next to them. No one is given any directions, and the end product is truly a combined effort from all painters, making it an ideal activity for the family!
2. Sweat it out together with a family dance party!
Collectively release some endorphins by having a family dance party together! Not only are they a guaranteed mood booster, they also bear educational and cognitive development benefits for kids too. Music helps to stimulate the brain, improves literacy and memory, and encourages listening skills! Not to mention, dancing specifically is also a good activity for creative expression and for family bonding. What more can one ask for?
Dance party soundtracks and moves can easily be found on YouTube or Just Dance. Go forth and have an epic family dance party!
3. Have a themed party
Whoever said that only special occasions call for a party? A themed party is a fun way for family to experience something new together right at home! This would also be a great opportunity for parents to introduce their children to basic cooking, and to exercise their creativity and artsy side!
Themes can be centred around books, movies, TV shows or travel destinations – ideally those that the children love, which will get them excited to dress up, plan foods to make and serve, and decorate the house. To start, themes popular among children include Disney and tea parties. This family effort is sure to be a memorable and fulfilling event that will be remembered for years to come.
4. Stage a play!
How about staging a play at home? Better yet if it’s an original script! Provide a checklist involving the in-and-outs of staging a play, and discuss with the kids – but ultimately, let them run the show. Some things to discuss include:
· Choosing a location for the stage
· Decorating the set and props
· Costume design
· Running through the script
· Appointment of characters
· Rehearsals (if needed!)
Staging a play may sound daunting, but is definitely doable – it doesn’t have to be perfect! The benefits are multi-fold – it improves their oral communication skills, listening skills, creativity and ability to express themselves. Who knows, you might find a talented actor or actress in your little one!
5. Indoor glamping, right at home!
Camping (or “glamping”) at home is a fun, unique and comfortable alternative to your usual camping trip, while still being memorable and exciting! Not to mention, it’s less fussy, messy and risky an affair. All you need is to clear a space in your living room, cushy pillows and blankets – if you don’t have a tent, you could make a makeshift blanket fort or roll out the sleeping bags.
The best parts about camping should still be present! That involves roasting marshmallows over the stove, eating camp-specific food (instant noodles, barbecue, sandwiches or roast chicken, anyone?), and going offline. For a more ambient setting, turn on the lamps and turn off the lights, tell stories, play cards, enjoy a board game or watch a movie together as a family! A great adventure awaits right in your living room!
That summarises the top 5 unique, less conventional and enjoyable activities to do as a family right at home! Not only can they be enjoyed in the comfort of your house, they are also highly beneficial in developing your child in a holistic manner. The world is your oyster, and your home the gateway to it!
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