6 fun ways to create memories with your kids

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

Children grow up so fast! Here are some suggestions for ways you can create some memories with your kids that will last a lifetime…

1. Create a scary monster. During a recent camping trip, we stopped during our hike to join together and make silly shadows. There are so many options that this is guaranteed to be a memory-maker!

2. Design a praise journal. Many families have prayer journals where they take turns writing down prayer requests. But what about a praise journal? Every day, there are many for which to be thankful. Using a new notebook, enlist your children to create a cover and include a praise scripture, such as

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High; —Psalm 92:1

or

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works! —Psalm 105:1-2

Take turns writing praise reports each evening during devotional time. Your family will soon be amazed at the many blessings God gives us each day.

3. Go Christmas lighting. During one of our favorite Christmas traditions, everyone snuggles into their pajamas, then we head out in the car for a drive around town and a night of enjoying the creativity of those who use Christmas lights to decorate their houses. We then grab a bite to eat – since we’re in our PJs, we go through the drive-thru of course!

4.  Play in the snow.  Nothing says winter like building a snowman!

5.  Start your own Muffin Factory.  Every other month, my daughters and I bake several dozen of a variety of muffins, including poppy seed, blueberry, and pumpkin. This not only is fun, but also educational since I allow the girls to measure each ingredient and assist with the entire project. After the muffins are baked and have cooled, we place them in individual plastic baggies and store them in the freezer. Perfect for any time a healthy snack is needed!

6. Allow kids to get creative in the kitchen. Speaking of baking, just about any time you allow your kids to be creative in the kitchen, it’s a surefire way to create a memory. Not long ago, we mixed up some orange cookie dough. I gave the girls each a ball of dough and allowed them to design a cookie. Below is Doodle’s creative cookie…

Making memories with our kids are so important and such an integral part of joining together as a family.

What are some fond memories you have or are making with your kids?

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