When you have more than one child, whose ages are varied, it can be hard to come up with activities that all of them will enjoy. It can also be hard for your children to connect with one another when they are at different life stages.
I know you all would agree with me that no parent enjoys listening to their children bicker. Heck, moms will do anything and try their darndest, if they can help it, to ensure that each of their children is content.
My kiddies are ages 6, 3 and 15 months. They are spaced out well, or so we thought. At the ages they are presently, they are always arguing with each other, stealing each other’s toys and throwing verbal darts at each other, etc. And, I do not expect this kind of sibling behavior to cease anytime soon.
What has been a struggle for me, and I assume it will continue to be, is to find activities that are age-appropriate for all the children and ones that will strengthen the sibling bond. This is not an easy task!
But, I have been able to come up with a list of the 10 unique activity ideas that suit children of varied ages and will help all the kiddies connect with one another. Take into consideration that because my children are all on the younger side, so are my suggested activities.
Here we go:
- Make a chalk masterpiece. Why is this a good one for all ages? Because all children enjoy chalk. And with this activity, the older children can help teach the younger children how to make shapes and letters and pictures, etc. Your older children will feel like leaders and teachers and your younger one’s will feel great expressing their creativity.
- Make videos together (via camcorder, cell phone, computer). I did this today with the children and it had us all laughing to the point of tears. Let your older children take turns being the director. The younger ones will love being filmed. Everyone will get silly and you will have a wonderful memory of the craziness.
- Play hide and seek or the “monster game”. This one is so simple and so common, but always fun. We play this almost daily and each of my children enjoy it equally. They also end up helping one another find the best hiding spots or seek out mommy when I hide, and often, they are so proud of their teamwork.
- Have a balloon party. Who doesn’t love a balloon party? In all truth, I once had a group of adults and even grandparents playing the balloon game at the end of a family get-together and we were all smiling and having a blast. All your children have to do is keep the balloon in the air, and if you blow up enough balloons and have them around, then all the children will be entertained.
- Exercise together. This is one I should be doing way more because I could surely use more exercise. Between children’s YouTube exercise videos, 30 minute workouts for kids, and family friendly exercise programs you can watch on Netflix, there are so many options available to you. With this one, your younger children will love mimicking what they see on the video and what they see their older siblings doing.
- Play tennis together. This is another one we did recently. With the understanding that you are not going to play a true “game,” approach the time on the court as an opportunity to meet each child at their level. Your little one may merely run around and chase balls, but that will be helpful, won’t it?
- Go on a hike, with or without, a scavenger hunt. Get outside and get moving. All of the kiddies will feel better with some fresh air and a walk. And so will you. If necessary bring a wagon, a skateboard, scooter, a bike — it doesn’t matter, just get them out and get them all moving.
- Go to festival or an amusement park. I have never had any of my children fuss much while at Disney or at a local amusement park like Busch Gardens. Visiting such places rarely causes or encourages negative sibling interactions.
- Visit a pet store or a humane animal shelter. For the most part, kids of all ages enjoy animals, so this is really a no brainer.
- Pillowcase Race. This one needs no explaining. Just make sure all the kiddies go potty first and that the baby has a diaper on because uncontrollable peepee accidents have occurred due to excessive laughter from this one and I know, because I have witnessed such.
Do you have more ideas? Please share them in the comments, as I am always looking for new and exciting games/things to do with the kiddies. And if any of your ideas save my ears from any crying, fussing and sibling fighting, then I will be so extremely grateful!