Fun activities for you and your elementary school child. . .
  1. 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.
  2. Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in his/her achievements and accomplishments today and every day.
  3. Put on a history play with your child today. Help him learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
  4. Make learning to write letters and numbers fun for your child. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and ask her to create letters and numbers.
  5. Ask your child to help make lunch today. He/She can pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together.
  6. Take the family out to a water park today. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protecting her skin.
  7. Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask him/her to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)
  8. Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list today. Help him/her make a list of things that he/she would like to accomplish tomorrow, then check the items once completed.
  9. Help your child make a kite today. He/She can decorate it and fly it at the park.
  10. Teach your child about recycling. Show her/him how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminium.
  11. Take your child to a petting zoo today. Ask him/her to draw pictures of the animals that he/she saw today.
  12. Visit the library with your child today. Encourage her/him to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the that country.
  13. On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. He/She can pretend to be a forest ranger.
  14. Help your child practice her/his math skills. Ask her/him to add up all the change in your pocket or purse today.
  15. Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help him/her plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
  16. On a large piece of construction paper, help your child write her/his name vertically. Using each letter, help her/him write words that describe her/his personality.
  17. Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask him/her to point out license plates, billboards, and interesting road signs.
  18. Tell your child that you love her/him today and every day.
  19. Help your child create and design his/her own phone book . Make a list of his/her friends names and phone numbers.
  20. How much does your child know about her/his family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help her/him create a family tree.
  21. Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
  22. Get your child back in 'school mode'. Ask him/her to research a famous painter on the Internet. Get out the paint and let him/her express himself through art.
  23. Teach your child about textures today. Ask her/him to find objects outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy, or round.
  24. Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of her/his experiences in a new grade this coming school season.
  25. Help your child prepare for school. Talk to him about setting personal goals this year.