10 Fun After-School Activities for Your Child
The fun shouldn’t stop because the school day is over. These fun after school activities are educational and enjoyable for both you and your little one. After-school activities do wonders for your child’s development. Read below for 10 fun after-school activities for your child.
- Make a time capsule. Choose special things from this year, month, or even just today and put them away in a shoebox to open at a future date. Include a note in the box explaining why you chose each item.
- Choose an old item around the house that’s no longer useful, paint it and turn it into a fun decorative piece. (Ex. an old guitar or other instruments that do not work, an old broken clock, an old water pitcher, etc.)
- Get a blank picture frame (or one you’ve repainted) and glue pieces of fun all over it — buttons, miniature toys, pebbles, bottle caps, anything! Then find a nice photo to put in it.
- Make a fun calendar with colored countdowns to holidays and other exciting events. (Ex. the next family vacation, an upcoming birthday party, etc.)
Create Your Own Fun World
- Choose a theme (like pirates or cowgirls) and do your around-the-house chores in character. Get imaginative! For example, pirates doing laundry would probably check the pockets for treasure.
- Use painter’s tape to create “roads” on the floor of the living room, then grab blocks to build houses and make a whole town.
A Passport to Fun
- Pick a “food of the week” every Sunday. During the rest of the week, incorporate that food into at least one meal every day. Make it a healthy option. Use this as an opportunity to expand your child’s palette and find new recipes for the family.
- Go outside and count how many different types of trees and plants you can see in your area. Try to name them all, and look up the ones you don’t know.
- Perform random acts of kindness. Leave it up to your kids to decide what this means to them. Maybe it’s dropping off a home-baked treat at an elderly neighbor’s house or leaving an uplifting note or picture on a stranger’s car or doorstep. The options are endless.
- Pick different cultures from around the world to learn about. Focus on one each week, and try foods from that culture, learn about their holidays, etc.