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2012 Activities with my Kids – 85 ways to have fun with your kids for FREE/Cheap

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I thought it would be useful to list some ways to have fun with your kids without spending a lot of money. These are some activities which i had personally participated/played/worked out with my two daughters( 10 yrs and 6 yrs)

  1. Write stories together.
  2. Play soccer/football.
  3. Paint or draw together.
  4. Create a fort in your living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes.
  5. Go on a hike or trek
  6. Have a dinner picnic at a park or beach or even your terrace.
  7. Play board games.
  8. Get up early, cut vegetables & pack breakfast
  9. Go to a museum.
  10. Go to a playground.
  11. Play hide-and-seek.
  12. Have a pillow fight.
  13. Ride bikes/cycles
  14. Build sandcastles in the beach
  15. Rent/buy a cartoon dvd and watch together.
  16. Tell stories.
  17. Have a scavenger hunt.
  18. Make puzzles/sudoku for each other to solve.
  19. Play card games.
  20. Garden together.
  21. Make sandwiches together.
  22. Go to the zoo.
  23. Go to the library.
  24. Create/Help in working on a blog together.
  25. Create a scrapbook.
  26. Make a movie using a digital camera and computer.
  27. Learn to play music.
  28. Fingerpaint/Palm painting
  29. Make play dough from scratch.
  30. Make lemonade, relax and enjoy.
  31. Go to a pool.
  32. Go to a public place, people watch, and make up imaginary stories about people.
  33. Visit family.
  34. Write letters to family.
  35. Paint or decorate a room.
  36. Make milkshakes.
  37. Create a treasure hunt for them (leaving clues around the house).
  38. Decorate/Embroidery work for a pair of jeans.
  39. Do a science experiment.
  40. Play games online.
  41. Teach them to play chess.
  42. Learn magic tricks.
  43. Create a family book, with information and pictures about each family member.
  44. Fly kites.
  45. Volunteer.
  46. Donate stuff to charity.
  47. Compete for a running race together
  48. Play music and dance crazy.
  49. Write and produce a play (to perform before other family members).
  50. Have a water gun fight.
  51. Have a sword-fight (sword made of cardboard).
  52. Explore your garden and look for insects.
  53. Explore your street and collect rocks & pebbles
  54. Go for a walk and explore the neighborhood.
  55. Go jogging/walking together.
  56. Take pictures of nature.
  57. Make up funny questions about each other.
  58. Clean the house together
  59. Do shadow puppets.
  60. Make a comic book/booklet(my daughter love to do this)
  61. Play in the rain.(don’t complain to me on the cold later)
  62. Blow bubbles.
  63. Take turns saying tongue twisters.
  64. Sing songs.
  65. Tell ghost stories in the dark with a flashlight.
  66. Build stuff with Legos/building blocks
  67. Play computer games together.
  68. Build paper rockets and play with them
  69. Bake a cake and cut them for birthdays/special occasion/no occasion
  70. Arm-wrestle, or have a tickle fight.
  71. Learn and tell each other jokes.
  72. Walk barefoot in the grass and pick flowers.
  73. Build paper airplanes and have a flying contest.
  74. Prank call their grandparents, using disguised, humorous voices.
  75. Send a mail and ask them to reply back to you.
  76. Help them to create a story in power-point.
  77. Play Jenga blocks.
  78. Create stories together with each contributing only one line at a time.
  79. Chanting/Bhajans together.
  80. Take them to your office event/programs.
  81. Help/Contribute for school project work.
  82. Make Goal Charts together.
  83. Go for a ride in bike.
  84. Go to parlour & Eat Ice-cream together.
  85. Go to the roof-top terrace and talk about sky, stars & moon.