Jan 012019
20 Fun Mom Ideas To Do With The Kids

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Finding time for what matters should be simple, right? Well, when you’re juggling a lot on one plate and trying to balance a couple of things on another, you almost forget the golden rule of parenting. Folks, I know it’s not always easy to be present, but there are a handful of ways to do so without losing your mind.

In 2018, I promised myself never to let everyday life get in the way of parenting. After all, everything I do is for my kids, so why wouldn’t I want to spend more time with them?

Unfortunately, there were times when hanging with the kids would get stressful. Within seconds, I’d go from trying to be a fun mom to being a grumpy one. I had to learn how to embrace the mess (at least until the fun was over), instead of driving myself insane because there were LEGO pieces everywhere.

Be A Kid At Heart

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I think back to the things that made me smile as a kid. At one point, it was playing games on my phone. The irony is, I use my smartphone to communicate daily with clients. It wasn’t until I rediscovered my love for LEGO products that I started to make use of the time I have with the kids.

Unplugging from my mobile phone and laptop during the day meant more time for my family. This also meant more time to complete tasks around the house.

When family and friends ask what my secret to keeping the kids so well-behaved, I let them know bribery and spending time together is a huge part of it.

So, here’s where I spill my Fun Mom ideas. Are you ready?

Let 2019 be the year you focus on stress-free, family fun ideas to do with the kids. Below are 20 ideas for you to try this year (or week!):

1.Plan a trip to their favorite store and let them play in the toy section.

2. Build an indoor fort and enjoy a movie with the kids. 

3. Let the kids use their imaginations and tell scary stories together. 

4. Create an obstacle course at a local park and have small prizes waiting for them after each one. 

5. Bake something delicious and let them decorate it.

6. Have a pretend-play food challenge for them to come up with creative dishes for you to judge. 

7. Visit their favorite playground and have a picnic.

8. Run barefoot in the rain. 

9. Pick seeds from your kids’ favorite fruits and use them to make your own home garden.

10. Plan a karaoke night with their favorite songs.

11. Have a dance-off with the kids.

12. Visit their favorite family member’s house.

13. Host a movie night for them and their friends. (BONUS: Have their favorite snacks available)

14. Surprise-attack them with water balloons or squirt guns.

15. Host a family Nerf gun fight in your garage/backyard.

16. Take a walk around the neighborhood and play I-Spy.

17. Create a new game together with silly rules to follow.

18. Take out those coloring books and bring images to life.

19. Look up recipes and cook something delicious.

20. Take out a blanket, grab your favorite snacks and enjoy the stillness of the night.

Have you tried any of these ideas with your kids?

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. I love this! We have let my toddler jump in puddles and play in the rain barefoot, cook with us (loves cracking the eggs), decorate cookies and build forts. These are great ideas and I’m going to use them. Thank you!

  2. I wasn’t a messy player when I was was kid I know. But encountering so much kids as I grew older I knew i had to deal with the mess they made for I will be dealing with it someday whether I like or not. Lolz

  3. You have a great list here. My husband and I are in the process of adopting so I will definitely use some of these ideas for once we get a placement and the adoption is finalized.

  4. These are all great, if only my son would ever sit through a whole movie or accept to walk barefoot without saying my feet are cold. I guess I just have to make them want to somehow lol.

  5. Great list! I need to have this kid at heart attitude. Sometimes when I’m really exhausted from work I miss a lot of opportunities to do little but fun things with them.

  6. i love this list. I don’t have a child yet but I have a nice – we do karaoke and photoshoots. We also love driving around specially near beaches.. and we love to eat. only the 2 of us. hehe

  7. These are definitely great ideas for moms out there!! I have 2 sisters who are already on their parenting stages, and these would definitely suit them! I’m sure they will like these ideas!

  8. These are awesome ideas for moms and kids to do! I think my son and I have done a lot of these. We’ll have to try out some of the others and even repeat some of our favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  9. That was really fun activities to do with your kids. Kids are only kids once. It’s only a short time, so as long as they were sweet as kids, we should be with them.

  10. We did all of these activities when our kids were young. Now our grandchildren get to enjoy all of these different activities.

  11. Thank you so much for these fun activities. At times we wonder what to do with the kids and now you have given us so much to do.

  12. These are great ideas for parents to make it fun for the kids. I especially liked the outdoor activities and I will do some with my young nieces and nephews.

  13. These are such great ideas! I think I am a fun Mom and I do many of these activities with my kids. My two favorite activities are baking and playing games with my kids.

  14. One of the funnest activities I ever did with my kids was participate in a neighborhood water gun fight. It started as just one dad and his three kids, but it spread through our entire block. Both kids and parents had a fantastic time.

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