Read in Your Big Comfy Chair
Reading together is always a winning activity. Even if your kids know how to read, pull out some favorite picture books and read together. Take turns reading aloud. Be sure to talk about why you love each particular book, and discuss your favorite parts. It’s a great way to unplug and spend a quiet afternoon together.
Shake Those Sillies Out
Let your kids lead a rousing game of “Simon Says.” Or put on some upbeat music, dance, and then freeze when the music stops. Keep moving until everyone is ready to plop!
Make a Family Work of Art
With a roll of heavy brown wrapping paper, some tempera paint, and brushes, make a family work of art. Tape a big piece of brown paper to the kitchen floor. Squirt blue, red, and yellow paint into muffin tins or cups, and let the kids start painting. Mix colors to create new colors. Let the kids work until they’ve covered the entire paper with paint. Lay the paper dry on a high counter or on top of the washer and dryer. Then remove the tape, and hang your family work of art on the wall. (Tempera-paint splatters can be cleaned up with a little soap and water.)