While most of us stay busy during the week, the weekend is a great time to work in family ties and disconnect for a while. However, it can be difficult to find fun activities for the whole family that don’t involve technology or spend a lot of money. Luckily, these 11 fun, old-fashioned family activities work anywhere, anytime.
11 Plan a picnic
Whether you take it to the park or throw a blanket in the backyard, a family picnic can be a fun way to bond as a family and enjoy the outdoors over the weekend. Preparing a traditional picnic is easy: just make sandwiches, pack chips and apples or oranges, and add water bottles or juice boxes. In fact, the kids can even help prepare the picnic, which makes it even more exciting for everyone.
ten Take out the cards
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to have fun with your family, card games are a great option. In fact, Today’s Parent has a whole list of games you can play with your kids using just a simple deck of cards. From Go Fish to Rummy (and more), kids love learning new card games, and playing can bring back fond childhood memories too!
9 Build an obstacle course
A rainy day ruins your outdoor plans? Don’t worry, there are plenty of fun family activities you can do indoors on the weekends too! One fun thing you can do is turn your living room (or anywhere in the house) into an exciting obstacle course for everyone. You can use anything from pillows to chairs to hula hoops – anything that looks fun. If you need inspiration, however, there are plenty of indoor obstacle course ideas available on Pinterest.
8 Play four squares
Did you play Four-Square on the playground as a kid? All you need to play this fun family game is a ball and chalk to draw the four square play area. Then you can all jump in a square and hit the ball back and forth and laugh along the way. Don’t remember the Four-Square rules? Visit FourSquare.org.
7 Set of tie-dye shirts
If your family is more into arts than sports, then you might like to dye shirts together! For this activity, you just need to go to the craft store to get dye, white shirts and rubber bands. You and the kids can have fun deciding what colors and designs you want on your shirts, then you can make the shirts, rinse them, and discover your masterpieces.
6 Cook something delicious
Baking is another fun family activity that lets kids show off their creativity. Plus, cooking in the kitchen teaches kids to follow directions, practice math skills, and use an oven. Plus, cooking relaxes kids, making it a great activity to unwind on the weekend.
5 Make paper planes
When was the last time you made paper airplanes? Well, if it’s been a while, it’s time to get the paper out and start folding! Paper airplanes are a great old-fashioned family activity that doesn’t cost much and can provide hours of fun for the whole family. You can try out various folding models from the Fold ‘N Fly Paper Airplane Instruction Database, then have a contest to see which models get the best airtime or fly the farthest. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
4 Enjoy a game of capture the flag
Do you have a large garden and flags? If so, then you’re ready to play Capture The Flag with your family this weekend! To play, all you need to do is craft (or buy) a flag for each team, divide the yard into equal parts, hide the flags, and gain access! Kids love this simple old school game, and it can take as long as you want.
3 Build puzzles
Puzzles are another fun family activity that hasn’t gotten as much attention in recent years. However, that doesn’t make puzzles any less fun! To build a family puzzle, all you need to do is clear a surface (preferably a table) and get a decent sized puzzle to build. Then, throw in the pieces and get to work. It’s so much fun and can even take the whole weekend!
2 Play charades
If you want a game that doesn’t require a board or even cards, then Charades might be the ticket. To play, you simply create sheets of paper with things people can play on them, then throw them into a hat or bowl and take turns drawing cards, playing the word, and guessing. Children laugh so much with this activity, and you can play as long as you want.
1 Go bowling
Looking for an activity outside the home? So go bowling! It’s quite easy to teach children to play, and many bowling alleys have special facilities for children that make it even easier. You can play a single round or turn it into an all-day event depending on what else you have planned. The best part? Kids are learning to play a new game, and it doesn’t require any advanced technology!
Whether you want a quick game or an all-day craft project, these activities are sure to keep your family entertained all weekend long. Which are you most excited to try first? Why not do them all?
Sources: Today’s Parent, Pinterest, FourSquare.org, Fold ‘N Fly
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