Each of these activities describes something that your family can do to incorporate family interactions as engage in some fun activities.  These activities work well for a family with children, though many of them work well just for adults, too. Most of them are free, though a few may have a negotiable cost as they rely on things you probably already have around the house.

 Make a movie

This is the technology generation….everyone has a mobile device or tablet.  These devices are great tools for making a short movie.  Have everyone in the family collaborate on an idea, a storyboard, and assembly of sets and props. Turn on the camera, film some scenes, then quickly stitch them together and watch your creation. You can make a music video, a comedy, a dramatic film or the biggest craze today a TIK TOK video… the world is your oyster.

This is absolutely one of those projects that can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it depending on the interest level of family members.

Have a scavenger hunt

Take a bunch of digital pictures of items that can be found around your house or property, then send everyone out to find those items. Alternately, you can just make a list.

One fun way to do this is to have an adult make a list of creative things to find, combine the lists, then pair off parents/guardians and children to figure out and find those things.

Have a chalk drawing contest

Use your driveway or sidewalk of your dwelling, give each person in the family a certain space to produce their masterpiece and have each person draw something. You can either suggest the same topic to everyone or let everyone draw what they want.

When it’s done, you can have an “Art Show” where each person tells about their particular drawing as the rest of the family checks out their handiwork.

Make mazes (or other puzzles) for other family members to solve

If you have some scrap paper, this is a great way to spend an hour or so. Each person gets a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil and tries to make a puzzle for someone else to solve. After some time, everyone passes their completed puzzle to the person to the left to see if they can solve it. If everyone wants to do it again, you pass to the right.

It’s rather fun to do this twice to give each individual an opportunity to have another options.  Once both parties have solved the puzzle you all can discuss whether they are right or not.  This is a great way to engage in discussion and laugh with each other about the answers that everyone came up with. 

Go on a “litter clean-up” walk

Take a stroll through your community with a trash bag in hand and pick up any garbage that you find. It’s a good idea to wear gloves when doing this.

Not only does this provide some nice exercise, it also causes your neighborhood to look a little better, which everyone can enjoy.

Build musical instruments and play a song

Start a band at home.  Turn a shoebox into a simple string instrument or find a tub or empty container to make a simple drum. Fill up some glasses with water and play music on the rims with your fingertips.

Using these things, you can have an inhouse jam session and, surprisingly, get a nice rhythm going. This is a creative idea because you are using items from home to create these beautiful musical tunes.

Write letters to family and friends

Again, we are in the world of technology so I’m sure when you share this activity with your children they are going to look perplexed 😊.A handwritten letter takes time and thought.  You are actually slowing down your day to tell someone how you feel, sealing it an envelope and mailing it.  Sit down and write letters to people – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on.

Sometimes, they’ll write back, but it’s often just fun to take the time to show these people that you care and are thinking about them in a more concrete way than just sending an email, text message or a post on social media.

It’s likely that half (or more) of the items on this list won’t appeal to you – and that’s completely expected, as every family is a little different. The key is to find a couple of activities that you can do with your family that everyone will enjoy – and if it’s a free activity, it means you’ll be leaving your wallet alone, which is good for everyone!

Have fun!