128 Simple Family Activities: Be a Rockstar Today!

By November 30, 2010General

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Be A Rockstar…Today

A few weeks ago, I shared how a .99 pink tablecloth and 30 minutes of my time made me a rockstar. Many of you shared your ideas, so I’ve put them all together in one list to inspire us.

Here are some ways we can become rockstars in our kids eyes…

Kat’s suggestions:

1. Take one of your children on a walk.
2. Spend 30 minutes reading a book to one child.
3. Go for a drive and listen to Adventures in Odessey or an audiobook.
4. Have a foam sword fight with your son (or daughter!)
5. Write a note listing 5 things you’re proud of about your child.
6. Grab a copy of KidVentures and let the fun begin…

Mayhem Mama

6. Start a journal with your child where you write back and forth to each other.

7. Special dessert – bake with one child so that one child gets to do all the measuring and stirring, etc, without a sibling interrupting

8. Get fancy – Let your daughter do your make-up one evening (depending on the age, maybe right before your wash your face!) — let her take pictures of you all made up.

9. Paint nails – Let your daughter choose the color and then let her polish your toe nails while you polish hers.

10. Dollar shopping – Give your child $5 (or less) and turn them loose in Dollar Tree (or similar $1 store) and have them pick out a gift(s) for someone — we do this for Christmas. It is amazing what they find to give people and to hear why they made that choice

11. Play tic-tac-toe

12. Make music – Let your child pick out his/her favorite songs and burn a CD to play in the car while you are driving. Be sure to label it with his or her name.

Angie recommended:

13. Snuggle – This morning, we cuddled in bed reading for a good half hour before approaching the day…. books they picked.

14. Create for them – I sew and crochet/knit … my kids LOVE when I let them pick out material etc to make them something … like their pj’s.

Photo credit: EvelynGiggles

Kristin recommended:

15. Cuddle in bed or on the couch with all your kids and take turns telling a story about each child when they were a baby/toddler. Tell the stories with as much detail and drama as you possibly can.

16. Put them in charge – Put a blank menu in front of your kids and let them choose breakfast for the next week. Give them nutrition guidlines if you like (such as—there must be 1 serving of fruit each day, etc.) or put choices in a few groups and let them choose one from each group for each breakfast.

Karin @ madebyk suggested:

17. Fairy Feast – My young girls often ask for snacks or drinks after they’re in bed, and we usually say no.

But a while back, while they were getting ready for bed (perhaps they were already in bed) I brought in some treats. Some TINY bowls with yogurt and sprinkles and some TINY cups with water. (Actually the bowls and cups were little sauce dishes.) My old aerobic “step” was in their room, so I put it in the middle of the floor, put a dainty lacy handkerchief on top, and then then tiny bowls and baby spoons.

I might have called it a fairy feast — I forget. But OH how excited they were!!!

18. Tell stories of my brothers (their uncles) and me. They LOVE them. And now they tell them to each other too.

tacy said:

19. Fun with letters – When my mother-in-law was here she bought my daughter Molly some things at the dollar store- a pad of drawing paper, construction paper, crayons, and playdoh. She gave us this idea “Once I was an A, now I’m a swingset”— aka, turning a letter on a piece of paper into some kind of creative drawing. FUN!

Heather suggested:

20. Notes – My kids love it when they find “love notes’ that I’ve put into their lunch box, or even when I draw a happy face on an orange or banana.

Photo credit: Lizard10979

Kirsten said:

21. Nature walks with my oldest son always help us bond.

Danielle recommended:

22. Ice cream – My daughters love when I come to school to eat lunch with them! One thing I do that they love is stop at McDonald’s for an ice cream cone after school. They usually get a healthy snack, but every now and then we stop at the one by their school and get two cones! They cost $.99 each, so for $2 I become the coolest mom in the world! Total rock star!

And I love this simple yet powerful idea from Katrina:

23. Our attention – I know it sounds silly, but I tend to get caught up in my own agenda for each day, and say, “Just a minute! In a moment! In a little while.” an awful lot, without much follow through.

Today, when one of my sons wants to play a certain game, build a fort, read a book, whatever, and they ask me to help, I will choose to put aside my agenda of folding laundry, vacuuming, reading blogs (grin), and say YES!

Photo credit: PV KS

Christy’s idea:

24. Cowboy picnic – We had a “cowboy’ picnic for lunch yesterday. My girls, (3 and 17 months) wore their pink cowboy boots, I put bandanas around their necks instead of bibs, we spread out a picnic blanket on the floor, and ate lunch right there on the floor. I lit a candle to pretend we had a campfire, and the wooden rocking horse stood closeby, because “a cowboy is never far from his horse.” They LOVED it. So simple, but so fun!

Prerna suggested:

25. Baking and Crafts – I have a toddler and she loves it, really is delighted, when we spend lazy evenings baking -she helps carry the dry stuff to the counter and mixes the batter,before proceeding to lick the bowl clean:-) or when we do arts and crafts together.. Am not especially crafty, but making simple holiday cards is easy and when I see the joy on her face, it makes it all so worth it.

Lisa suggested:

26. Game Night Out – Tonight we took the kids to McDonald’s for ice cream cones and brought with Apples to Apples Jr. We spent the time playing and laughing instead of waiting for them to finish and jumping on spills. (“course some of that is probably helped by the youngest now being 4) Good change in focus, from just the treat to the fun time.

27 – 128. And finally, super reader, Heidi @ Wonder Woman Wannabe wrote a list of 101 things to do with your kids. How cool is that?! (Check it out and plan some fun…)

Time for Action!

Now pick one or come up with your own do something fun with your children!!! If you share it, you’re more likely to do it, so – what are you going to do today?

(This post is part of WFMW.)

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  • niki says:

    Wow What a collection of ideas here. I’ll incorporate some of these into our christmas activity jar for sure! Thanks for sharing.

    Stop over and visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime!

  • Hi Kat!

    Thanks so much for including my link! That was such fun post given my love of listing.

    You’ve done such a wonderful job creating and maintaining a great space that like-minded mama’s can meet and encourage/inspire one another.

    I linked to you in my most recent ‘little secrets’ post this week too! 😉


  • Morgan says:

    I LOVE this list! It’s nighttime here and the kids are in bed, but I can put a love note in my older son’s lunch bag for tomorrow. He will love it!

    We’re definitely going to do the cowboy picnic soon, too. I may do that with my younger son for lunch tomorrow.

  • Nichole says:

    What a great bunch of ideas!

    We usually have pizza and a family movie on Friday nights, and the kids love to “decorate” their own pizza.

  • Kristy says:

    I did one of these! I had a foam sword fight with my 4-year-old a couple days ago. Usually, I tell him, “No, Mommy doesn’t like playfighting,” but I did it and he was delighted. It makes me a little sad to think how often I say no to these kinds of things, or like Katrina said, “In a minute.” So I also want to commit to doing a game, book, activity, or “fight” that one of my sons asks for today.

  • Heather says:

    What a great list! Thank you!

  • Mayhem Mama says:

    Thanks so much for including me in the list! Totally did not expect that. Can’t wait to check out that 101 list!

  • Andrea says:

    Thanks for doing this. I think I could come up with a 128 reasons I love reading your posts! By the way, is there a place here where everyone is sharing what they have been learning from the books they are reading in Momiversity? I would love to hear about it if there is.

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  • Margo says:

    Immediately after reading #6 “Start a journal with your child where you write back and forth to each other”, I went and found a folder and some paper and started this with my 7-year-old son. This is PERFECT for us! He and I always write little notes to each other already, but what a great idea to start a journal together! He was SO excited! He was already in bed reading a book, and he just LIT up when I gave it to him with the first entry already written. I am so excited about this!

  • Catharine says:

    I love love love this blog! Kat…. Thank You for the constant reminders to get moving!!! I need them 🙂

    We are having a super BUSY week and mama has to be gone 3 evenings in a row. So after school today we are having a super duper snack and card making party. My girls, 5.5 & 7 11/12ths, Love to be crafty and nothing makes mom a rockstar like allowing them to play with her special stamping stuff! I think I may even make some of Joel’s reindeer cards http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/2010/12/holiday-reindeer-cards.html , For them to decorate. I really want them to feel special even though Mom is gone a lot this week!


  • Sami says:

    Thanks, Kat!!! Was this for me?? I think I just asked for this on Monday!!! 🙂 Fantastic!!

    • Kat says:

      It was, actually! I was going to post it next week, but you inspired me to go ahead and finish it for this week. Hope it’s helpful…

  • Sami says:

    Kat, you’re so cool!!! Thanks!!! I love these ideas, and will keep refering back here as my kids get older (my oldest is only 2.5). My favorite things to do right now are: Greet them each morning like they made your day by waking up. Eat breakfast with them, and read a story Bible story (and right now we’re working on memory verses for Daddy’s Christmas present!). I keep a “mom” journal of the little things they do that make my heart happy. I want them to know I enjoyed them. And the thousand little things I wish I could ask my mom, I try to write down for them (about 1x a month, on my planning retreat!).

    New request, which you might’ve already covered: Mom Guilt. It’s an overwhelming role we’re in, especially in this way too much information age!! Will my kid get cancer at 30 because I didn’t buy organic milk? Will they need therapy because I didn’t have myself together? Hmm… I think I can already imagine your post, it would have 3 points: 1. Pray. 2. Keep reading your blog (unlike many other mom blogs that just tell me how I can’t measure up, yours really uplifts me!). 3. Do your best and keep trying hard. 🙂

    Thanks for what you do!! You are a blessing to me!!

  • 'Becca says:

    These are great ideas!

    We took our son (almost 6) to a laser show with Michael Jackson music. Now he loves to do a show for us by playing our MJ record and waving flashlights while we sit in the dark.

    We like to have family stretching/dancing time with music. Sometimes we set each other challenges, like, “Jump up and down until the song ends.” Sometimes we play music with a story like The Nutcracker and pretend to be the characters dancing.

    Here are some games we play with our kid and some chapter books we like to read aloud.

  • Thanks for this collection of ideas. It will certainly be a boon on cold wintry days at home. 🙂

  • @mavisdavis says:

    Super ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Linda C says:

    Great, great list of ideas. It will certainly help to starve off those dreaded three words that all parents cringe when they hear them.

    “Mommy, I’m bored.”

  • I love the journal idea of writing back to each other.
    Great ideas:)

  • Sharidan Dillon says:

    I love the idea of starting a journal with my daughter and writing back and forth. She loves to write us notes and she loves when I write her notes. I am definitely going to do this! Thanks!

  • Love these ideas! I think we’ll do the cowboy picnic on Monday morning.

  • Bridget K says:

    Some fun and inspiring ideas Kat – thanks for continuing to keep these ‘alive’ on your blog. You’re my rockstar right now!

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  • Sara says:

    I’m fifteen now…but I’ll never forget the time when I was 7 and my mom and dad surprised my siblings and me with desert for supper! Now…it may not have been the healthiest choice….but I will never forget the laughs and the surprise and excitement of that night.

  • Andrea says:

    One simple fun thing I’ve done is put several glow stick in their bathwater, turn the lights out and have a glow bath. The kids go CRAZY and love it so much.

  • Jodi says:

    I signed up several months ago for the monthly How to be a Fun Mom email, but I only received it one time. Just wondering if its over or if I could get them sent again! Thanks!

  • Jena Gorham says:

    I have a 2 and 3 yr old. Both boys. I m an older mom, 40 this year. Keeping up with them can be difficult. We also live in Maine where there r long winters and my energetic boys get tired of not being able to play outside.
    So we play “Chase”. We run around the kitchen island and kitchen table chasing each other as fast as we can. They love it!!! It s very simple but everyone gets vent some of that pent up energy.

  • Kaci says:

    Step up thumb war a few notches by taking a few minutes to Sharpie faces on your thumbs! My kiddos love it!

  • Jessica says:

    Forts! Don’t forget about making forts. Sometimes we throw a blanket over the table and eat lunch under the table in our fort. Or, we make a fort in the living room, and watch a movie under it.

  • Michelle says:

    I LOVE ALL the amazing ideas, that show children how important they are! What a blessing that blesses them and us, not-to-mention the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY who allows us to help form them!!

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  • Tanja says:

    thanks for so many great tips- BUT: Going to McDonald’s as a special treat? do we want our children thinking that this is a place for special occasions? I strongly disagree

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