101 things you can do with your child

  1. Go to the library – stay for story time
  2. Bake something, anything
  3. Construct something with blocks or Lego’s
  4. Read a book
  5. Draw/Color together
  6. Go window shopping
  7. Host a play date with their favorite friend
  8. Dress Up together
  9. Go Sledding
  10. Build something in the snow (fort, snowman)
  11. Go swimming (indoor or outdoor)
  12. Have a picnic (outside or on the living room floor!)
  13. Listen to new music together
  14. Visit a museum
  15. Visit a Zoo
  16. Visit a pet store
  17. Write and mail a letter to someone special
  18. Play a card or board game
  19. Take a walk
  20. Get out baby photos and talk about them
  21. Sing Songs
  22. Take a class together at local art center
  23. Go roller or ice skating together
  24. Tell stories about when your child was a baby
  25. Hug/hold your child
  26. Build a blanket fort
  27. Tell your child what makes them special ( to you and others)
  28. Teach/tell your child about your job – take them to work for a day if you can
  29. Have a scavenger hunt (indoor or outdoor)
  30. Go to a movie together
  31. Visit your child at school
  32. Dig out your year book and share about your experiences
  33. Visit a nursing home or hospital
  34. Finger Paint
  35. Take pictures
  36. Visit and learn about places in your neighborhood (fire station, police station, post office, dairy, etc.)
  37. Clean out a room together (basement, attic, garage)
  38. Work a puzzle together
  39. Plan a vacation together – then GO!
  40. Make S’mores
  41. Build a bird house
  42. Play a sport together
  43. Make homemade pizza
  44. Rake leaves and play/jump in them
  45. Go on a hayride
  46. Visit an apple orchard / pumpkin patch
  47. Plant something
  48. Have a water fight
  49. Play hide and seek
  50. Go to the state fair
  51. Collect different fall leaves
  52. Have a block party
  53. Take a hike
  54. Make puppets and put on a show for each other
  55. Tell stories about your childhood
  56. Attend athletic event
  57. Make homemade ice cream
  58. Learn about different cultures
  59. Take flowers to a friend
  60. Go wading in a creek
  61. Go for a train ride
  62. Go horseback riding
  63. Climb a tree
  64. Go camping
  65. Have a family talent show
  66. Draw a map and have a treasure hunt
  67. Walk/play in the rain
  68. Talk about feelings/emotions
  69. Paint a picture by numbers together
  70. Go to a theater performance
  71. Complete a DIY project together
  72. Wash the car
  73. Play Frisbee
  74. Pick up litter in the community
  75. Fly a homemade kite
  76. Jump rope
  77. Exercise together
  78. Discuss nutrition and the 4 basic food groups
  79. Start a savings account – talk about budgeting and saving money
  80. Write a story (draw illustrations together too!)
  81. Go fishing
  82. Visit a relative
  83. Visit the neighbors
  84. Go bowling
  85. Dance party!
  86. Play Simon Says
  87. Have letter or color of the week and look for them together
  88. Play “I Spy”
  89. Act out a favorite story together
  90. Listen to music and play homemade instruments together
  91. Start a gratitude journal with your child – they can draw what they are thankful for
  92. Let your child pick out the menu for a meal
  93. Start a collection
  94. Practice/teach something (reading, tying shoes, zipping zipper, sports, rhyming, sorting, telling time)
  95. Sidewalk chalk
  96. Go for a bike ride
  97. Play pretend
  98. Make a collage out of photos and/or clippings of their favorite things
  99. Tell jokes
  100. Spend time simply LISTENING to them.
  101. Make a list of things you want to do together in the future! 🙂

“When you look at your life, the greatest happiness’s are family happiness.”

~Joyce Brothers~

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