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Fun and Productive Things To Do With Your Kids

Updated on October 22, 2012

Getting Children Involved

Getting children involved in household tasks early on is crucial for growth and learning. A child learns so fast in their early years, and skills taught early on can help a child learn easier and faster as they grow up as well.

In today's society where everything is full of fast moving days, and busy schedules, taking the time out to teach our children and just be with them is important. Cooking, cleaning, and having fun is essential to a kid, and it can be easy to incorporate into any day as well.

Here is a list of things you can do to get your kids involved in daily household tasks and chores.

This blog shows Kayla, a 4 year old, who gives instructions on how to make all kinds of healthy meals. She makes things such as chili and homemade banana bread.
This blog shows Kayla, a 4 year old, who gives instructions on how to make all kinds of healthy meals. She makes things such as chili and homemade banana bread. | Source

Let Kids Help Prepare Meals

I know it can be frustrating trying to let tiny fingers help with cooking at the end of a long day, but it is incredibly beneficial for a child's growth to have this time to learn about food, healthy eating, and wholesome meals. Teaching children about the basics in the kitchen is a valuable skills that, unfortunately, a lot of our youth are losing. Eating out has become common place, and a lot of basic cooking, and baking skills are becoming a thing of the past.

Take the time to learn with you kids and teach them how to create food from fresh ingredients. You can try Kayla's banana bread recipe for a tasty and more wholesome treat! Teach them about fruits and vegetables, let them taste and feel the differences between all the foods, show them which foods you eat raw, and what you need to be careful with.

To make it easier, try to set aside one day a week, during one of the families "less hectic" days to make a meal together and sit down and eat together. This one activity has been proven to help a family become more connected, and happy.

Lucas Changes a Head Unit

In this photo, Lucas, a 10 year old changes out an old head unit in an Acura. He shows steps on how to do this and has a lot of pictures showing what each steps looks like. Its a great skill to learn and something he will always know how to do.
In this photo, Lucas, a 10 year old changes out an old head unit in an Acura. He shows steps on how to do this and has a lot of pictures showing what each steps looks like. Its a great skill to learn and something he will always know how to do. | Source

Teach Kids Your Skills

Whether you love to work on cars, or design a web page, teach your kids these skills. Starting a kid out early on special skills is a wonderful thing to do for and with your child. Not only can you show them your passion, and what you love to do, but you can help them learn and love the skill too.

It is a great bonding experience when you and your child can go out and go fishing, or hunting, or perhaps you love to make doll clothes, who knows. Whatever it is, if you can get your kids involved, do it. A child can learn a skill easier than you think.

Try to make pre-made plans on what to teach and how, set aside 1 hour a week or more depending on age, and just do something relating to the skill. Over time this will amount to many hours of effortless, and fun learning.

Entertain Their Interests and Hobbies

All kids have their own interests and things they love to do. Entertain these interests, encourage them, and teach them how to improve, if you can.

My daughter loves to draw, so we built a large chalkboard that she can write on and erase all day long if she wants.

Getting involved in their activities helps children feel secure, and loved, and shows them that you care about what they like.

Just Be There

Whatever you do, just try to be there as much as you can. De-stress by playing a board game, or take them park to ride there bikes. Just turn off the TV and be together. It will be worth it. A child only remains small for so long. Take advantage of the good days, and try to teach them as much as you can before they stop listening!

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