January’s Developmental Assets focuses on Time at Home. As stated earlier, spending time together as a family has far reaching benefits. Spending quality family time together doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. In fact, some of the most fun activities are little to no cost adventures. Some of these activities are great for cold or dreary winter days. Try these fun family activities from Parents Magazine to make lasting memories with your children
Volunteer: Instill a sense of empathy in your children by volunteering together as a family at a local soup kitchen, nursing home, hospital, or other local organization that needs your help. This is a very positive way to give back to your community while spending quality family time together. You get to spend the day with your kids, they learn about the joy of helping others, and everybody makes the world a better place. When choosing an activity, take a cue from the things that your kid loves.
Cooking: Kids love to feel like they’re helping their parents with adult tasks, so spend a rainy afternoon baking cookies together or let them help you make dinner. Not only will this give your children a sense of pride and accomplishment, it also helps to set the foundation for teaching them how to cook.
Make a Time Capsule: Preserving your artifacts is a fun way to celebrate your family now and later. You don’t have to bury the collection, just put the items in a container and put it away. Set a day for the big reveal, perhaps in 10 or 15 years!
Go on a Scavenger Hunt: Limit the territory to the backyard or the inside the house and kids will suddenly notice objects that they usually overlook. Set a time limit (a half hour for 20 clues should do it), and supply each child with a bag to hold his/her treasures and a list of clues. Spark their imagination with things that are open for interpretation, like “something that smells really bad” or “an object that starts with the letter K.” When time is up, tally who found the most items.
I look forward to hearing about all of your adventures,