Happy Thursday friends. As we enter into a hunker down season here in Minnesota and now with more restrictions during this pandemic, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few ways we have family time. Especially now with two kids off to college, a pre-teen and a teen, gone are the days of play-doh, legos and perler beads.
Some of these ideas are simple things that you probably already do. But let’s not loose sight that the simple things are sometimes the best things. Seasons come and go raising a family but finding ways to stay connected doesn’t. We’ve definitely been spending a lot of time together with homeschooling this fall. But we want to make sure it’s not just school but fun!
Music and food!
There’s something so fun about turning up the tunes, making food together and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Our daughter definitely loves to cook and bake, which she did not inherit from me by the way. If it were up to me we would be hiring a chef, stat.
My new plan is teaching my kids to cook so I don’t have to. As you can see, I think we’re off to a pretty good start! Adding some fun music and even making a theme for dinner has been a super fun addition. I personally love a good jazz station but we’ve done italian, hispanic and classical music too.
The past few years we’ve definitely developed a love of hiking! With so many great state and county parks around us, our family has had fun exploring.
Even the oldest child who is not “outdoorsy” loves to go on a hike in the woods. Sometimes there is complaining but then we just find a steep hill so they have to breathe hard and can’t talk. I kid, I kid. I have been wanting to make a list of some parks we want to visit and explore so that will definitely be something we do soon.
Speaking of lists, our family has enjoyed making bucket lists for the seasons.
The chalkboard makes it definitely more visible and fun to check off. But I think you could use just a plain piece of paper and maybe have the kids draw on it and have fun! Pinterest has plenty of cute ideas for bucket lists if you need some help.
We have so many games! Not every kid loves every game we own so it helps to have a variety. Some of our favorites are Qwix, Ticket to Ride, Rummikub, Skipbo, Think n’ Sync, Sequence and Exploding Kittens. Occasionally even the dog wants to play.
I am not a huge fan of puzzles but some of my kids love them! So I will jump in and help out every now and then. They love seeing how fast they can get it done and love finding difficult puzzles to do.
We love doing projects in our home. Now that our kids are older it’s been fun to have them help out.
Hopefully they’re learning some life skills or maybe even putting some math skills to use while they help! Seeing a project from demolition to completion also gives the satisfaction of a job well done.
While some of these ideas are simple, I hope they encourage you to be more intentional as the winter begins. It’s so easy to head to screens to be entertained, which we all do. But maybe dust off a board game, turn on some music, cook up some snacks together and enjoy some time face to face as a family! I would love to hear how you’ve been connecting with your family during the past few months. Drop a comment and maybe we can inspire each other with some new ideas!