Celebrate National KidsDay!
It is a special holiday not to spend your money - but to
spend your time.
It is what all the kids are asking for this year.
Here are a few ways to celebrate.
Family Scavenger Hunt
On National KidsDay morning, slip note cards under everyone’s pillow to
start the scavenger hunt. Direct them where to go for a trail of
treats and promises. Hide special goodies and notes around the house
(each note provides a clue for the next card or treat). Promise notes
can be as simple as “You can stay up late to watch a movie” or “You can
decide where we eat tonight.” Save and redeem these promise coupons,
spreading the togetherness for months to come.
Down Memory Lane
Relax with the kids and enjoy looking through old childhood photographs
of you growing up and the kids as they’ve grown up. Share your
favorite memories and activities you enjoyed as a child. Take pictures
on National KidsDay and start to organize, with your children,
scrapbooks they can share with their kids in years to come.
Healthy Kids Chart
fun activity that promotes good health. Create a colorful chart to
keep track of healthy habits, using poster board and markers. Brainstorm with the kids about what habits should be listed (perhaps
eating healthier, eating more vegetables, tooth-brushing, flossing, hair
washing, etc.). Along the side of the chart, write the healthy habits. Across the top, write each family member’s name. Draw spaces to check
off or apply stickers whenever the healthy habits are followed.
The Big Coupon Reversal
Instead of kids making coupons for parents, adults make a coupon for
the kids. Develop a list with the kinds of things your family hasn’t
had time for lately. Together, create a coupon booklet. Then kids
redeem the coupon any time they want a little extra attention.
National KidsDay Bash
Celebrate National KidsDay with family, friends and neighbors. Send
party invitations and ask everyone to bring their kids’ favorite dishes
to share. Have the kids create artistic table decorations and colorful
placemats. Create a group graffiti board where everyone writes or
draws special National KidsDay messages. Host a parent-child talent
show or turn on some music and play musical chairs. Mark your
calendars for the first Sunday in August and make this an annual,
Sounds Like …
Play Charades as partners, teaming up at least one adult and one
child. The first pair draws a movie title from the hat and leaves the
room to plan how they will act out the clue. (You decide how long they
get to prepare.) That pair acts out the title while the other team
guesses. If the opposite team correctly guesses the clue, they are up
next. Be sure to time each pair (allow 90 seconds). At the end of the
game, the team with the shortest total time wins!
Get together with other families in the neighborhood to plan a National
KidsDay carnival! Have the kids organize games and events such as:
bucket toss, face painting, beanbag toss, craft table, funny photo
dress-up booth, etc. Play a friendly game of tug or war or
parent-child sack races, three-legged and wheelbarrow races or
egg-on-spoon race. Remember to partner grown-ups with children and
have a terrific day.
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