Family Activities for Preschoolers

Busy parents know how hard it can be to keep kids busy and finding things to do seems like an exercise in futility.  Don’t despair we’ve all been in that boat and hopefully we can come up with some ideas for family activities for preschoolers.  Think back to the things that you used to like to do as a child, there’s no reason that your kids shouldn’t enjoy these activities too.  So let’s look at some things you can do as a family to keep those preschoolers occupied.

Music

Music is a great idea and kids love music.  Music lessons are a great way to help them learn and to keep them occupied, you can play with a variety of instruments and allow them to be creative.  There is the social aspect to music as well, you can put together musicals, plays or just form a band.  You never know you could turn out to be the next Jackson 5.  Here are some ways to get toddlers interested in music.

Art

Art is another fun activity for kids of all ages and it is another way they can learn how to express themselves.  Throw on some old clothes and pull out the finger paints.  You can hang the art they create on their walls and kids love getting dirty.  Art projects are a fun way to build their self-esteem and get them interested in learning in the future.

Sports

Sports and any physical activity is another thing the whole family can get involved in.  You don’t need much in the way of equipment you can make do with just a ball.  There are so many benefits to sports, it keeps kids healthy both physically and mentally.  It teaches kids all about teamwork and cooperation.  The social activity of sports alone is well worth the time spent.

It really doesn’t matter so much the activity that you choose the important thing is trying to do things together as a family.  You can try a variety of things you like before you hit on some favorites.  Don’t worry if your child hates art or playing soccer, they will develop their own interests as they grow up and they might not be activities that you enjoy.  There are programs that are available for preschoolers that you can enroll them into as well.  The point is letting them have some fun while they are doing them.

Family Reunion Activities

If your family is anything like mine then you probably have relatives scattered all over the country.  We move away to go to college or to chase a job opportunity or you may have relatives who have chosen to serve their country and military service takes them away.  Family reunions are hard to organize, but you want to make sure that everybody has fun when you do get together.  It is a time for the family get together and get to know each other again, to catch up and most of all to have a great time.

Reunion Activities

The activities will depend on the time of year and where the reunion takes place.  Activities are an easy way of bringing people together and if there are new family members it’s a good time to get to know each other.  The idea behind the activities is to allow everyone to participate from grandma right down to the youngest toddler.  Now let’s have a look at some ideas to help get the ball rolling.

Charades

You can play charades either inside the house in the evening or outside in the afternoons.  You can even play based on a theme and come up with your own list of things to act out.  This works for all ages and kids love acting out.

Story Time

This is a great activity for the evenings sitting around the campfire or around the fireplace.  You can ask everyone to think of a story ahead of time and keep them family friendly.  Try and think of a family story that is maybe a little embarrassing, but not too much.  Things that make good stories are how married couples met or something that the extended family may not know.

Scavenger Hunts

Kids in particular love scavenger hunts, you can make a list of specific items and make it as easy or as difficult as you like.  You can pair people up in teams and use it as way for people to get to know each other.  You can make a list of the things they need to find or you can add clues for them to figure out first.  Make sure that the kids know to stay nearby or within sight of the family.

There are plenty of activities you can find to do with your family with a simple Google search, these are just a few off the top of my head.  As long as you are all together and having fun that’s all that matters.