Whether Family Day is a long-celebrated pastime in your family or a new tradition, we can all relish the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones. Looking for some ideas on how to spend it? Look no further! Try a couple of these fun indoor activities this Family Day.
1. Paper Bag Puppet Shows
Divide your family up into teams. Give each team a paper lunch bag filled with props, such as an extra paper bag, plastic cutlery, washable markers, toy jewelry, socks, cotton balls and ribbon. Then give each team 10 – 15 minutes to construct puppets and create a skit using the props. Enjoy the shows!
2. Do (or Create!) a Puzzle
Exercise your problem-solving muscles with a good puzzle. You can even help the kids make their own! Just draw a picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard. Then use a pencil to map out puzzle pieces and cut the pieces out with a good pair of scissors.
3. Treasure Hunt
If you have a special treat or prize for the kids, put on a treasure hunt to build their excitement! Just write clues on little slips of paper — and be sure to get creative! Make a trail to the final clue that reveals the prize!
4. Simon Says
This traditional favourite never gets old. To start, choose one player to be “Simon.” The rest of the players will gather in a circle or line up in front of that person as they call out commands beginning with the phrase “Simon says.” The players then have to obey Simon’s command. If “Simon” calls out a command without first saying the phrase “Simon says,” the kids must not obey the command. If a child performs an action “Simon didn’t say,” he or she is out of the game.
5. Indoor Bowling
Accumulate small empty water bottles in advance of Family Day. Combined with a rubber ball, you have what you need to turn the family room into a bowling alley! Six bottles should suffice for bowling pins. And if the bottles fall over too easily, fill them up with a little water, dry rice or beans for extra weight.
6. Family Photo Bingo
Improve your children’s memory (and help them learn their family tree in the process) with this fun photo game! Take an assortment of family photos (we recommend at least nine) and arrange them into rows. Give your child checkers, poker chips or change to serve as bingo chips. Call out the names of family members at random as your child covers the matching photo. Whoever completes a row first wins!