Family traditions and crafts
This is a list of ideas to do as family traditions or things to do to
stimulate creativity in kids (and adults)
1. Make Christmas ornaments. Use colored markers, glue and glitter. Have
the adults make one too and show them how to be creative by getting wild with your ideas.
"Wow I want some stars here and stripes there!" You can have the small infant
put their hand prints on them by putting finger paint on their hands and put their hands
around the Christmas ball. Get a clear ornament and put their picture inside and their
hand prints on the outside. Then you put their names and date on them and keep them. They
are most cherished items when they pull them out when they are 16 yr. old and hang them on
2. When they are 4 yr. old or older, you (or better yet another adult)
ask the child what they want to be when they grow up, who they will marry, and where they
will live, etc. Then you write it down and put the prediction inside an ornament and glue
it closed with a string to hang it on the tree. Put a label on it "My predictions for
the future ... open me up when I am 17 yr. old.(or senior in high school.) You can use a
wall nut hollowed out and put it inside. They are excited each Christmas waiting to see
what is inside.
3. At Easter you can do the same as ornaments. Get the raw eggs and blow
out the insides. Use colored Sharpies or marksalots that go out to a fine point to color
and draw on the eggs. You can use plastic eggs too. Put their initials and the year. Keep
them in an egg carton and put them out on the mantel each Easter.
4. Take a picture of them in their Halloween costume in front on the
front door of the house/apt. and keep the picture in one separate album for Halloween
5. As soon as they can write their name, have them sign their name and
cut it out. Paste them into the baby book each year from 4 to 12 years old. It is a cute
collection of signatures from child to adult on one page.
6. Have them draw cute pictures of flowers, house, people, etc. and have
them put their name and the year on it. If they write letters backwards, that is normal
till 6 years old and is OK and cuter. Then take it to the store/mall where they put the
child's picture on a coffee mug/tee shirt. Have them put the camera on the drawing and
have it on a coffee mug for Dad or Grandma, or on a tee shirt for grandpa. Great gift and
appreciated more than most things you can buy.
7. Bring a big cardboard box home and make a house. Cut doors and
windows and small peak holes in it. They love playing in it. When older, they can design
the doors and windows, and you do the cutting. Let them be creative and if they want weird
doors, it is OK. Then let them use markers to decorate it. Eventually it gets destroyed
and you bring home another box and do it differently. Get several boxes for different
rooms. And it is cheap!
8. Save the toys, shoes, blankets, and stuff from their childhood as you
probably will. Then when they are 25 years old, you can wrap up the doll they carried
around, their baby bottle, letters from camp, etc. and each year give one of them back to
your children as Christmas or birthday presents. It will put some of the excitement back
into getting the gift because they will be anxious to see what they will get each year.
9. When you're camping or just on a picnic day at the lake. Every one in
the family make a boat out of natural objects in the forest. We tried it with paper
products but it trashes up the lake. Use bark for the boat, twigs for the masts, and dried
leaves on the twigs for sails. When every one has made their boat, set them in the water
at a starting point and have a defined finish line. Then everyone runs along the shore
cheering for their boat as the wind blows them. The winner gets a predefined prize and if
the parent wins, they get the prize. This teaches good sportsmanship if that other child
or parent wins. Let the child design their own boat and as weird as it is, that is their
creation. Some of my kids built some funny boats that ended up beating mine. Let them be
creative. It makes a fun family afternoon, and teaches creativity, and sportsmanship, and
physics. And cheap.
10. Take timecapsule pictures. Take a role of pictures but do not
develop them. put them in the canister and label "Open and develop me when I am 10
years old". Then make a string to hang it on the Christmas tree as an ornament. Then
you have some suprise pictures of the family that is exciting to develop and look at in 10