One of the neighborhood cats
Spending time with family does not always have to have a cost. In fact the best memories usually come from cost free activities. Here are a few of my favorite free family activities.
I love walking with my family. When I was little we would walk next to a near by canal and catch crawdads together.We would name them all Bob turned out to be Bob take them back to the canal later that week. Now I take walks with my little guy. We like to count the neighborhood cats. Walking also give us a chance to fit some exercise into our schedule.
homemade play do
Art Supplies And Projects
We all know what happens to art supplies made for children. They dry out, get mixed together, and/ or get eaten. That's why I make art supplies at home. There are many art supplies that can be made with household ingredients such as flour, salt and water. The two I use most are play do and finger paints . My little guy likes to help in the kitchen. In doing so, he is learning the basics of using the kitchen. Brest of all, if he chooses to try a bite, I know that the finger paint isn't toxic.
Family Book Club
My husband has very limited time with our son at home, but wants to make the best of the time he has. He wants to have real conversations with our son. He just isn't sure what to talk about. With this in mind we started a family book club. Now we read together and talk about the books. It's a great way for those with limited time to get a real conversation in with their kids. It also promotes a love of reading.
We like to take weekend drives around our neighborhood. We point out stores, parks and familiar buildings. We talk about things that took place during our weeks and make sure we listen to our little guy, not the radio. Sometimes we end up at the park or the library. Best of all driving usually prepares our guy for his nap.
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For most of my adult life, I only utilized libraries around tax season when I needed tax documents or information. However, I rediscovered the public library as a mom. I became very familiar with the children’s board books and took my daughter to “Toddler Time” every week. Over time, I got to know the librarians and was requesting books online to pick up at my local branch every week.
The joy, adventure and discovery of reading remains the biggest thrill of visiting the library. However, over time I branched out (yes, pun intended!) when I visited the library.
First, one of the librarians told me that all of the libraries have a “friends of the library” section where they sell–uh, practically give away!–books. It’s like a mini-library. They always have children’s books (which sell for $0.25 at my branch) and they have adult classics, cookbooks, reference books, fiction, new york times best sellers. I could go on. Suffice it to say, I’m sold…I cannot go to the library without visiting that section. I’ve already bought part of my son’s birthday present from there. I got it early; I have about a month before I’ll need to have it wrapped 🙂
We have also started borrowing movies from the library too. I take my kids to go pick out a movie most weeks. Sometimes, we’ve ended up with a video with a bunch of Clifford or Angelina Ballerina episodes. They are great entertainment. But, sometimes, we pop a big bowl of popcorn and we get a movie like Cars. Even Mommy and Daddy are thrilled with the “movie night” movie! As a matter of fact, Mommy and Daddy were both holding back tears as Lightning backed up and pushed the King across the finish line! Ok, that’s a tangent. But, a good one. You can have a legitimate family movie night that is fun for all for free!
The library is not just about borrowing books anymore!
How do you utilize your local library?
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