Having fun isn’t always top priority as a parent. There is plenty of structure, rules and reasons. But, sometimes there is room for some fun. Sometimes, it is nice to loosen the reigns a bit and goof off.
I remember the day that I first saw my mom let loose on the reigns and allow herself to just let go. It was such a refreshing memory. I saw her laugh and just have fun and I remember thinking “If we were born at the same time… I bet we would have been really good friends.”
Today we’re sharing lots of new ways you can try and be a fun mom, too.
Inspired by, KC Edventures. If you missed her interview this morning, go check it out.
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How to Be the Fun Mom
Do pranks together – your kids will love bringing some surprise to another person’s day. We are especially fond of pranks here at Kids Activities Blog, here are some of our favorites:
Make your kids laugh with a tickle fight, or one of the other 10 ideas on that page.
Stop the Fun Police
A great post on how one mom became the fun police. We don’t always realize how much we hover over our children, trust them and take a tiny step back.
Put on a Silly Face
Have a silly face contest – see who can have the wackiest face. Here are some face printables that will make your child giggle.
Have a tickle war!! Or a smoochy-kiss chase! Chase each other around the house and when you catch the other person give them a big smoochy kiss!
Take your kids out on a date and celebrate “family day”.
Have a playground scavenger hunt. Use this list of things to find and do and travel around to new playgrounds to find them. This is a great adventure for the family. Check out our nature scavenger hunt printable for kids of all ages too.
Make a Treat
Read a story, or ten, to your child. On a favorite book, put yourself or your child into the book, replace the name of one of the characters with your child’s name. (This one is our current favorite!)
You can have a good time learning, too! Here are five really fun ways to teach science. Go outside on a hot day with a cup of water and learn about condensation!
Make super spy pipe-cleaner disguises together and talk to each other in your “spy voices”.
Start Silly Games
Play “edible pillow”. Your child is your “pillow” – they also happen to talk and laugh!
Find an app and play *together* – my kids love teaching me their favorite games.
Turn Everything to OFF
And… turn off the devices, have a afternoon focused just on your child – here are great hands-free mama tips.
Tell your kids a joke. Here are some of our favorite funny jokes to tell:
Make Big Art
Give your kids a big canvas to paint on. Here are eight different ideas like throwing away the paper and try painting on an old fence, the windows (with window markers, of course) or the bath tub. (We always get our canvases here)
Family Slumber Party
Have a family slumber party. Everyone (even mom and dad) should bring their sleeping bags and camp out on the living room floor.
Piggy Back Ride
Give your kids a piggy back ride… and if you are a dad, here are another 25 tips for connecting with your kids.
Make a Paper Airplane
Have a paper airplane battle. Fold paper airplanes and try to throw them at each other. Check out how to make a paper airplane and a fun competition you can have once they are folded.
Go on a road-trip – for ice cream. Go on a meandering ride with your kids and stop for ice cream on the way home.
One Big Cookie
Bake a cookie with your kids, but not just any cookie – make it a GIANT one!
Take a Moment Together
Take a moment every evening to tell your child how much you love them and talk about the fun things you did together – reflect on family time.
Get a Tattoo
Get washable markers and draw tattoos on each other.
Do a Dance
Have a song that is just for you and your child… be silly and dance to it (below is our “family song”)…
Go for a Picnic
Go on a picnic together – even if it is for breakfast!
Fly a Kite
Fly a kite – even better if you take the time to build your kite together first!
Color a picture together! Try to use silly colors that your child would not expect. Here are a few of our most popular coloring pages:
Pom Pom War
Blow pom poms across the room with straws. Check out our list of 45 hands on activities to do with kids.
For the remaining ways to be a cool parent, including letting them do something daring or having breakfast outside in your pj’s. Sometimes it’s good to think outside the box!
Have you ever wondered how many hugs do we need a day? <–there is my answer!
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What fun activities did we miss? How do YOU like to be the fun mom?