If like most families, you’re running out of ideas on how to make your children feel special, and even moreso, looking for ideas for doing it in a way that doesn’t exhaust the budget, then here’s a list I’ve put together for you. (And with so many of you in the Northern hemisphere currently on summer holidays, you might want to try some of these as well)
I’ll be the first to admit that its hard thinking of ways to keep the kids excited, and make special memories without breaking the bank, and so like in so many other cases it forced me to think creatively, to think outside the box, and this is the result 🙂 youre probably wondering what the connection between the following group of random items are, but keep reading you’ll see what theyre used for!
1. Pamper day.
No matter how old and also irrespective of gender, who doesn’t love bubbles? Run a bath, add in tons of bubbles, maybe even glitter bubble bath, a small choc at the side of the tub, and let them just relax and enjoy it. If your child enjoys the finer things, then do a whole pamper day, a face mask, fancy hairdo, even a foot massage.
2. Surprise play date.
Invite their friends over and don’t tell them about it. Plan some fun activities, and let them be have fun. Kids always enjoy playdates with their friends, and the fact that a parent would go through the effort to organise it for their children, makes them feel special.
3. Ice cream party just because!
On a quiet afternoon, when there’s nothing else to do, dish up ice cream, get the sprinkles, wafers, cherries, and of course lots of cream, and choc. If you want to take this to a wow level, light up some sparklers too. Take it out into the garden, sit on the grass and just talk, reconnect, be!
4. Special lunch love notes.
When you know your child is having a hard time at school, had a fight with a friend, or is stressed about a test or exam, write them a note to remind them how special they are to you, how much you love them, or are proud of them. Hearing a voice of acceptance and love, in the middle of a hard day is always reassuring.
5. Show an interest in their interests
If your child has a particular hobby they love, show an interest in this. I don’t mean just talking about it, or buying them the requirements, but actually partake in it too. If they love lego, sit with them and build a spaceship or a science lab. If they love arts and crafts, do something crafty together. The same applies to sports, get the soccer ball out and actually run about the garden.
6. Breakfast with a view.
Wake them up really early in the morning, scoop them into the car and go buy their favourite hot doughnuts and hot chocolate, and drive somewhere new(or old, even the local park would work), where you sit and enjoy the view, and make early morning memories.
7. Camping at home.
Set up camp at home in the lounge. Get out your bedsheets and blankets and make an awesome fort…with popcorn ready to go, and have a story telling game. This time it’ll be making midnight memories, and the best part is again, its not weather or season dependant.
8. Mini masterchefs.
If your child has an interest in cooking and baking, organise a baking session right in your own kitchen. You can either guide them through the baking instructions, or you prepare the bakes and allow them to decorate it. It however doesn’t have to be confined to actual baking, it can be making fruit skewers, or a quick dessert, and even a new drink. Take a pic of the end result and send it to grandparents/aunts/anyone your child loves. This has a double benefit in that besides spending time together, your child sees you being proud of them, and this helps in building self esteem too.
9. Surprise treasure hunt.
Draw up a map, and hide random objects in random places. Send them on a mission, to hunt and search for the hidden objects. Again this doesn’t have to costly, if you use simple things like pencils, stickers, a sweet, a shell. The options are endless. It not only gets them moving, but they also acknowledge the effort you took in organising it.
10. Certificates of awesomeness
Children often get certificates for accomplishments at school, so why not one for amazing behaviour at home too. Whether its for helping mum do the dishes, or simply being extra patient with a younger sibling, the acknowledgment goes a long way. I did this for Eid! I printed out certificates for the number of fast they kept, but also because they were really good in general.
Have you done any of these with your children? Is there something different that you do? Please share your ideas with us. I’d LOVE more ideas to try!