1. Pick a household item and invent at least 10 new uses for it.
2. Listen to a foreign radio station while cooking a recipe from that country.
3. Have an “opera hour” during which people can only sing their conversations.
4. Invite a family or neighborhood elder to discuss “olden times.” Compare and contrast with life today.
5. Plan a bedroom safari using stuffed animals, tour guides, etc.
6. Listen to different types of music and make up dances.
7. Fingerpaint with pudding and eat the leftovers.
8. Discuss TV shows and plan new plots and sub-plots for characters. Relate TV to real life experiences in your child’s life.
9. Plan a real or fictitious trip – have your child research stopping points and decide
whether or not to stop there.
10. Dance to various types of music – salsa, tango, waltz, disco, etc.
11. Star gaze and investigate “star stories” from various viewpoints.
12. Invent a new sport and play it.
13. Create an original cartoon strip.
14. Keep a family diary and visit it often over time.
15. Listen to the news and identify local problems that kids could solve. Make a plan and try to solve one.
16. Plant a garden with things that you can eat. Plan meals around your produce.
17. Check out a book on experiments from the library. Have a science night.
18. Have family members dress up as different characters. Write a play using only these characters.
19. Have your child help with a home repair project.
20. Practice random acts of kindness to teach your child the joy of doing for others.
21. Make snow monsters and spray with colored water.
22. Make a snow slide in your backyard.
23. Design ramps and balls, design experiments with them and practice the scientific method – problem, hypothesis, investigation/experiment, observation and conclusion.
24. Create your own math symbols and design problems with them.
25. Make up a new language and keep expanding it.
26. Invent something using only things from your toy box.
27. Tell ghost stories in a round-robin fashion, stopping and starting with a new narrator every minute or so…
28. Graph the weather.
29. Go on a “wonder walk…” pause often to ask wondering questions.
30. Camp out on the living room floor – spread blankets over chairs, etc.
31. Play twenty questions.