Fun activities for you and your elementary school child

  1. Today is National Kids Day. Help your child plan an activity to celebrate it with the entire family
  2. Make tonight a ‘No TV’ night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time with him.
  3. Help boost your child’s self-esteem. Celebrate and take pride in achievements and accomplishments today and every day.
  4. Put on a history play with your child. Help learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
  5. Make learning to write letters and numbers fun. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and create letters and numbers.
  6. Ask your child to help make lunch today. Together you can pick a spot in the park so that lunch can be shared.
  7. Take the family out to a water park today. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protection of the skin.
  8. Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)
  9. School’s on the way! Help your child make a ‘countdown to school’ calendar. Cross off each day together at bedtime.
  10. Encourage your child to make a ‘to do’ list today. Help make a list of things that they would like to accomplish, then check the items off once completed and/or even celebrate the accomplishment.
  11. Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.
  12. Take your child shopping for school supplies. Ask her to brainstorm a list of things that she will need for school.
  13. Help your child make a kite today. It can be decorated and be able to fly it at the park.
  14. Teach your child about recycling. Show how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminium.
  15. Take your child to a petting zoo today. Ask them to draw pictures of the animals that was seen today.
  16. Visit the library with your child today. Encourage checking out books about different countries, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the different countries.
  17. On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. Pretending to be a forest ranger would be really fun.
  18. Help your child practice math skills. Pull out all your change in your pockets and purse and have them add it up.
  19. Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
  20. On a large piece of construction paper, help your child write her name vertically. Using each letter to describe the child’s personality.
  21. Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game by asking to point out licence plates, billboards and interesting road signs and even have them describe and read them.
  22. Tell your child that you love them today and every day.
  23. Help your child create and design a phone book . Make a list of friends and family names and phone numbers.
  24. How much does your child know about their own family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help create a family tree.
  25. Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
  26. Get your child back in ‘school mode’. Ask him to research a famous painter on the Internet. Get out the paint and let them express how they feel through art.
  27. Teach your child about textures today.  See how many objects can be found outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy or round.
  28. Suggest that your child write a poem for a friend today. Have them mail it to the person for a back to school present.
  29. Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of each experience in the new grade this coming school season.
  30. Have a back to school party for some of your child’s friends and family.
  31. Help your child prepare for school. Talk about setting personal goals, school expectations and family involvement this year.