Wednesday, March 30, 2011

19 fun things to do with your family--Unit Studies style!

1. Visit your state capital. Take a tour of the capitol building preferably while Congress is in session. If you are really motivated, plan a family vacation to Washington D. C, the seat of American Government. Visit the U.S. Capitol, White House, and National Archives, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution are kept.

2. Visit a local speedway and learn more about Auto Racing. Ask if you can meet with a crew to ask questions about the cars and racing in general. Or visit a automobile factory or museum!

3. Take in a Baseball game. There are major and minor leagues, college, high school, and little league baseball organizations to choose from. Don't forget the hot dogs and Cracker Jacks!

4. Throw a Christmas in July party for a local shelter or children's home. Toiletries, toys, clothing and blankets all make wonderful gifts for those in need.

5. Give your children a camera, take a nature walk and let them practice their Digital Photography. You might be surprised to find out what your children see through the camera's eye!

6. If you have a dog, enroll in an obedience class to learn more about dog training. If you don't have Dogs, visit your local no-kill animal shelter or a veterinarian's office for a tour.

7.  Create a timeline of Jesus' life, using craft paper or butcher paper. Easter is a great time of year to do this. You can hang it on the wall as a decoration to remember everything you learned along the way.

8. Spend some time together making and flying a kite. Google for directions. Nothing will thrill your children more than when a kite they've worked so hard to make takes Flight!

9.  Planting Gardens are great fun family projects. How about a pizza garden? Even if you don't have a lot of room, you can plant a container garden and grow some herbs or flowers!

10. Horses can provide great family fun time! Visit a horse farm or rodeo, or take a riding lesson together! Children and adults alike love these gentle animals!

11. Plan the ultimate field trip, working together to identify a Lighthouse in your area or one that your family could visit on a day or weekend trip. Contact the caretaker of the light ahead of time for tour information. Ask questions about its function and purpose. Don't forget your camera for this memory-making field trip!

12. Visit a regional aquarium or Sea World to see marine life up close and personal. Stare down a shark, pet a horseshoe crab, watch a dolphin show. Animals living in Oceans are fascinating and beautiful! It's amazing to learn all the wonderful skills God has created in these amazing creatures!

13. Visit a national cemetery on one of the Patriotic Holidays, such as Memorial Day. Learn about those who serve or have served our country in order to protect our freedoms. Perhaps you have a friend or family member serving their county today. Why not put together and mail a care package to show your appreciation.

14. Pretend you are Pioneers for a weekend. Go camping and really "rough" it. Cook over a campfire, hike the trails, sketch plants and animals you see along the way, sleep out under the stars. Imagine that you are the first family to discover this wilderness!

15. If you live close to the water, perhaps there are Sailing Ships tied up at the marina. Pack a picnic in the early morning and watch these gorgeous ships set sail from a public dock!

16. Scrapbooking is a popular hobby for many moms. Why not scrapbook your school year as a family? Using photos of your children participating in different activities, field trips, or pictures of their creations, put together a "yearbook" scrapbook style!

17. Find a star chart for your location and go out on a clear night to see what you can find in the night sky. If you have a telescope, take a closer up look at the moon. There's a lot out there to observe out there in Space, so take your time and make some memories. Don't forget the blankets and hot chocolate!

18. Create a Thanksgiving journal. Once a week, perhaps after Sunday dinner, sit together as a family and count your blessings, writing in your journal those things for which your family is most grateful.

19. Look for a model Trains sets at  garage sales or a hobby store. Spend some time as a family designing your own lay-out for your family railway. There are library books and websites to help. You might even learn how to build a town around your railway!

1 comment:

  1. Lots of great ideas!! We've done 1, 3, 11, 12. :) We LOVE our local minor league baseball team. Adult tickets are only $6 and as members of the Kid's Club my kids get free tickets to specific games.


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