Fun Activities for Children
Activities for Children
Finding fun activities for children is never...well...fun. This is because not all children are the same, each one has their own unique quirks. One may like one thing, another may like another! However, this list of activities to do with children is fairly varied, which means you should be able to find something that they will like with ease! I am going to steer clear of those activities deemed to be unhealthy for long periods of time (such as Video Games and Television). Let's jump in and look at what kids could have fun with this year.
Sports Activities for Children:
Even if your child doesn't love watching sports, they certainly will love playing them. You just need to find the right sport for them! Obviously this is an activity which is probably going to be best if you are working with large groups of children at the same time. You have a wealth of options here. You could opt for something simple like a game of Frisbee, or opt for something more competitive, such as basketball. Just choose whatever the children will find more fun! My suggestion is if you are planning activities for young children, try not to make it too competitive, otherwise people will get upset (not something that you want!). This is also something that is great for a child's health, so getting them into some sports that they like early in life, can help to make playing sports a lifelong habit.
Visiting the Zoo or Local Museum:
It normally doesn't matter where you are located, I am sure that you have a zoo or a museum close by, some of them may even be for free (at least it is often a cheap activity!). So why not take your children there? Not only will they like it, but they may even learn something. Always a plus point right? Spending a day at the zoo can really help open a child's eyes to the wonders of the world. Include a quiz or scavenger hunt and suddenly you have a fun learning experience. However, be prepared for a bit of bribery, as a prize works wonders to motivate! That said, the prize could be a day out, computer time, sports equipment or something good for them.
Camping in the Garden:
This is not only a cheap activity, but fun for the children too. Why not have a 'proper' camping expedition outside in your own backyard? Have a small barbecue, maybe sing a couple of songs then talk under the stars. When you are ready to sleep, crawl into that tent. This is an absolutely fantastic activity! Of course, if you want to take it to the next level you can always head to a local camp site, which means there is even more fun to be had! Just be careful of kids with fire ... many really do find things burning exciting and decide to see 'what else will burn'! lol ... some water or a fire extinguisher is a must for this one.
Arts & Crafts:
If the rain is beating down outside and you are still looking for fun activities for children, then arts and crafts has your back. There are plenty of options available here, just give the children the supplies that they need and let them go crazy. They should have a lot of fun doing this! Don't forget to display their artwork when you are done! Creating models, pictures, clothes and items like bags can be amazing fun. If your children are young, get the basics ready and just let them decorate. However, for small children, keep an eye on them!!! They may think all the colourful beads look delicious.
As I mentioned at the start, this is just a mere guide to the myriad of fun activities for children. It should serve as a pretty decent starting point for you! If you don't want to do anything listed here, then I am sure you will be able to come up with a couple of ideas from what I have mentioned. Now to look at team building activities for children ...
Team Building Activities for Children
A key thing that children should learn when they are younger is team building. This is incredibly important, and learning how to function as a team is something which they are going to be relying on for the rest of their lives. It therefore is great to get them started as soon as possible. In this article I want to take a little look at some team building activities to do with children.
- Scavenger Hunts
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This is one of the best 'team building' exercises that you can have, providing it is designed well at least. This will allow children to work together in order to accomplish the goal before them. You will be surprised at how well they function as a team when they have their 'eyes on the prize'. Ideally, in order to make this a good team building activity, you will need to cover a fairly large area. It therefore isn't ideal for smaller children who you may find difficult to supervise, but putting an adult or older team member in charge can often solve this issue (threatening to be removed from the team for bad behavior can also work wonders when the activity is fun and has a prize).
I admit, this is a pretty general topic heading. By project, I mean a team working together in order to build something. This is an activity schools carry out a lot, particularly in the 'name of science'. For example, a team may compete against another team to see who can build the 'strongest' bridge or the 'highest' tower. There are plenty of options out there. In my opinion, this is a thing mainly geared towards the older children out there, but they should have a lot of fun. This is a great team building activity as it focuses on the strengths of everybody to work towards a shared goal.
This is another activity which schools use a lot to build up teamwork within children, particularly older ones. The goal here is to get around an obstacle course, but you will need your teams help! This is something which sadly will cost you money, unless you can design your own basic course (for younger children). However, it is huge amounts of fun and it does emphasize the importance of teamwork. This is something that your children will be taking part in during their work careers too!
Already mentioned above, but nothing screams team building activities like sports right? Of course not. One thing you do need to be wary of here is that the group actually functions as a team. Inevitably, as with most sports, you are going to get somebody who tries to do everything on their own at the start in a bid to impress. However, once they realize this doesn't work they will begin to work with their team. Plenty of activities out there for you to engage in here, choose the best one for the group!
Trip to the Park
Children will absolutely love a trip to the park, especially if the blistering summer heat is beating down onto them. It is also one of the top free activities for children. There is plenty that you can do here, perhaps have a picnic, maybe carry out some 'park sports', or in some cases there may even be some play equipment for them. If you live in a particularly large city with a large park then you should be able to make a day out of all of it! As mentioned before, you may even be able to integrate a 'nature' scavenger hunt into the mix!
I don't know about you, but often throughout the summer I used to bake with my mother. It seems like a very 'summer' activity. I think the best way to make this work, and of course keep children entertained, is to ensure that they are part of the baking process as much as possible. This means allowing them to decorate whatever they create, or perhaps having a hand in deciding what to eat! Of course, allow them to sample their delicious baked goods at the end of it. Working together like this is great for children, as they get to create something good and enjoy the entire process.
Walking & Picnics
Sure, you can do both of these in a park, but I genuinely believe that they deserve their own section. One of the best ways to get your children out of the house is by going walking. Choose a good place somewhere that you know they are able to tackle. Don't forget to bring along that picnic! Then just head out there and get walking. It is great for building up their fitness levels, and they will have a lot of fun doing it too! Plus that delicious picnic as a reward at the end. What could be better?
Just some examples of the many team building activities to do with children. I am sure it will be more than enough to get you started though! Of course, feel free to use your own ideas. Basically, anything that involves children working together as a team is fair game! Obviously, plan the activities around the age group to ensure they don't get bored. Have fun!!
If you have some unique ideas, especially for summer activities, please let me know in the comments and I will try to add them into the next hub in this series! Thanks for reading.
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