OK I don’t always do straight up list posts but here we go! YOU need to build memories with your kids this weekend so get out there and be creative… use this list as a guide or as the spark of ingenuity.
- Go geocaching with your family! (Confession time… we hated geocaching when we went, but I hear lots of families love it.) Geocaching is where you use a GPS device (your smart phone will work just fine, although I would recommend buying the geocache app instead of going for the freebies) and look for little hidden boxes (caches!) of… basically junk. The truth is the memories are made in the hunt, not the actual treasure you find. Try it… and let me know how it goes. Here’s a website that makes it seem really cool to go geocaching… www.geocaching.com.
- Write a book together and then do illustrations using finger paints, or better yet, paintbrushes or use your toes instead of your hands.
- Do a Post-It note scavenger hunt. This is how we do our Easter egg hunt every year. We started it this way because our kids couldn’t read so I would take a sharpie and draw simple pictures which were the clues to the next location. You don’t have to be an artist to do this… in fact it may be more fun if you aren’t!
- Go hunting for bugs. Then try to identify them. Here’s a site that might help www.insectidentification.org.
- Do a project with failing as the goal! Did you know there is a whole website devoted to failed attempts to recreate Pinterest posts? It’s wonderfully intuitively address is www.pinterestfail.com. See if you can recreate some of the fails instead of some of the successes! Maybe you’ll succeed by accident and you will start a rival website called www.pinterestfailfail.com.
- Do a dad makeover. I hate makeovers, but I love massages, so I can be bought if I get a massage while receiving a makeover. Plus massages promote healthy touch which is just so important for kids. Conversely if a makeover is out of the picture, I occasionally let my boys shave my head and then take pictures part way through. That’s a good time too! And if there’s mom out there who will let her kids shave her head – and post it online – I will buy you all a McDonald’s gift card. First picture I get wins.
- Find out where your earliest relatives in Manitoba (or region) lived and take a trip out to see the old homestead. Or maybe go to the Mennonite landing site near Niverville for a little history lesson. Click here for directions.
- Find a hill. Roll down the hill. Repeat, clean up and go home.
- Act out a Bible story… OK I’m reaching for straws here… goodness have I really sunk to playing charades? Ick.
- Finally watch a movie, but not just any movie. Think of the funniest movie you saw as a kid and have a good old classic movie night. Of course keep in mind that you may have been a different person when you were young and thought a particular movie was funny. It’s remarkable how many movies I watched as a kid I would NEVER let my own kids see. (Most memories do not involve my parents for the record… they wouldn’t let me watch the Smurfs for goodness sake.)
You might be thinking, “Thom, now how exactly is this going to bring spiritual renewal to my family?” The answer is simple, silly. The more memories you make (good ones that is!), the stronger your relationship will be with your kids, and the more likely they will pick up your values. And, by the way, if we are only interested in talking about spiritual things when we are sitting down for devotions I dare say we have missed the point of Deuteronomy 6!
(By the way that picture at the top of this post is my Opa flying a kite – or trying to. He was the king of making good memories!)