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Making memories in just a couple hours

Updated on March 29, 2013

Being a working mom can be tough, you’re not always there for all the creative projects or play time that you wish you could be. So here are a few ways that you can create lasting memories with your kiddos at any age in a short period of time whether you have just 20 minutes or a few hours. Simply find one that suitable for you and your kids and have some fun.

Ages 0-2

  • Spend 10 minutes making silly faces and noises

  • Give baby a bath and then a massage

  • Do some stretches with baby that include your body

  • go for a short walk if the weather is nice


Ages 3-5

  • Build a blanket fort and play make believe

  • Make homemade play-dough (recipe at the bottom of page)

  • Host a silly photo shoot of both of you making funny faces and post them on facebook

  • Read a story and use different voices for the characters

Ages 6-9

  • Make dinner together and let them read the recipe to you

  • Take a trip to the park and play on the equipment

  • Work on a scrapbook together and tell them stories about the pictures

  • Tell them the story of when they were born before bedtime

Ages 10-13

  • Play a video game together

  • Play an actual sport together

  • Go for a walk and talk about your day

  • Take a drive together and talk about something you’d like to do someday

Ages 14-18

  • Talk about your day while walking around the mall

  • Cook a meal together and read the recipe to them

  • Work on a scrapbook together and reminisce about the memories in the photos with them

  • Take a walk together and talk about their dreams and aspirations

Play-dough recipe

3 cups flour

1.5 cups salt

6 tsp. cream of tarter

3 tbsp. oil

3 cups water


Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

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    • Hannah David Cini profile image

      Hannah David Cini 2 years ago from Nottingham

      There are some lovely ideas here. Little ones grow and change so quickly it is so important to grab time with them whenever you can. A lovely hub.