Summer is almost over, but you can still have a good time with family and friends. Here are some great activities for kids of all ages, maybe even a few fun loving adults! I know I’ve played lots of these games.
- Play on photoshop (or another image editor)
My brother taught me how to use photoshop when I was in high school. He came home one day with a photo of a friend that he had altered into a very humorous caricature. Of course this was back before photoshop and other image editors were ubiquitous. Still, just because you’ve seen silly pictures doesn’t mean you’ve made any. Most likely your kids will be teaching you how to do it!
- Instagram a story
Instagram has become so popular coffee shops are using it as an advertising gimmick. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Have your kid/s set up scenes in their play area using pets, dolls, or other toys to tell a story. Snap pictures of all the scenes to create a digital book you can share with friends and family.
- Face painting
Make up is awesome. Whether you’re dressing up as a superhero, Winnie the Pooh, or a fairy princess. Face paint is great because there are so many different varieties. You can go the small and do something simple like a ladybug (cheek only) but you can also go big and paint, say, the entire globe on your child’s face. Bone: You can practice for Halloween
- Create a shadow box
- Make a nature collage
We used to do this when I was a kid. Go on a hike, or even look around your own backyard, and find different leaves, flowers, and rocks. Mix nature with clay, glitter, paint, and even pictures from magazines to create a collage in a multitude of themes. For example: use pictures and nature items to create your idea of a magic kingdom.
- Bake homemade donuts
I’ve only made donuts once, and to be honest, it’s rather a lot of work. It starts out like baking bread, rising & kneading dough, but then you still have to fry and glaze it. It’s not easy. But I have to tell you, it is VERY rewarding and delicious. Besides, you just can’t find many places that sell hot, fresh donuts. Something everyone should try at least once.
- Have a costume day
You don’t need an occasion to dress up. When I was a kid, my favorite game was dress up. This included old fancy dresses that had belonged to my mother, Disney themed costumes, sheer window drapes, and costume jewelry. My brother and I played Tinkerbell & Peter Pan, Hercules, Pioneers, you name it. Bonus points if you build a fort to go along with your costumes.
- Or make a board game
- Learn origami
- Create a family tree