ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
KEEP THEM FROM GETTING BORED


Activities for kids of all ages, at family reunions, should be considered to keep them from getting bored. It also gives the parents a time to enjoy interacting with other adults and not have to worry about the little ones.

This is where your teen-age activities coordinators get busy. They will gather all the children together and set them into different groups, according to age.

We will break the activities for kids into a couple of groups: Preschoolers and Older Kids. Some older kids and teenagers will want to participate with the adults.



PRESCHOOLERS

These little ones can get very tired and "cranky" very soon if they are not busy doing something. So, have an arts & crafts table set up for these "wee ones" to:

  • do coloring with crayons or markers and paper
  • do finger paints
  • make hand drawings
  • marble painting
  • make stick people

You can find the instructions on how to do some of these crafts at familyeducation.com. You can also find free printable coloring sheets, pages and more at FreePrintables.

Arts and craft supplies for these activities can be found at discount stores, as I mentioned before my local Dollar Store is a great place for these items. Supplies to add to your shopping list are:

  • Crayons
  • Makers
  • Coloring books or coloring sheets
  • Tempera paints
  • Glitter and beads
  • Stir sticks
  • White glue
  • Blunt end scissors
  • sidewalk chalk

Other items you can find around the house, like pieces of material, yarn, broken jewelry, cotton balls, artificial flowers, etc. Place whatever you can find in a box and bring it along with the rest of your supplies, then let the little ones use their imaginations.

NOTE: You may want to inform parents that there will be crafts for the kids - so be sure to have an old shirt or t-shirt to put over their clothes.


BUBBLES - BUBBLES - BUBBLES

Have lots of bubble solution - little ones LOVE to make bubbles.

A Note of caution: Check the bubble solution to see if it may be harmful if it gets into the eyes of the little ones.

I remember at one of our gatherings, one of my grandsons, who was 3 years old at the time, got the home made bubble solution in his eyes, it wasn't fun for him, but he "braved" it out! He's now a Dad with a 4 year old of his own! They make the solution much safer now.




OLDER KIDS

Older kids LOVE to run, jump, chase and be chased!! Again, your teenage activities coordinators can direct the games and activities.

There are many games to select from, but here are a few outdoor games that are fun:

  • Jump rope
  • Tag
  • Dodge Ball
  • Simon Says
  • Red Light/Green Light
  • Hide and Seek
  • Relay Races
  • Hopscotch - don't forget the sidewalk chalk

By the end of the day, you should have some pretty tired kids! HAVE FUN!!




ACTIVITIES ON A FAMILY CRUISE


Activities for kids on a family reunion cruise are endless: children, families and adults have plenty of play spots and activities designed just for them.

Disney Cruise Lines, for instance, offers a wide variety of activities - anything from a Nursery for children from 3 months to 3 years, to a Muppets Adventure Game, pool and deck activities, broadway-type entertainment to a dedicated space just for teens.

Children interact with all their favorite Disney characters throughout the ship. At the Pirates Night party, eveyone will experience swashbuckling on the high seas, with a themed dinner, to a lively deck party to the spectacular fireworks display. WOW!

Carnival offer tons of activities designed for children, most activities are for three different age groups; 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11, with counselors all with education and childcare experience. Circle "C" on the Carnival is where young teens ages 12 to 14 go to hang out, meet new friends and enjoy some pretty awesome activities.

Norwegian also offers activities for all age groups; from group sitting services, to interactive workshops, the Kids Center, the Teen Center, sporting activities to Cirque Du Jour - where kids will learn and perform all kinds of cool tricks in the family circus show.

I have mentioned just three family cruise lines that offer all sorts of activities for kids to keep them busy - from the "wee ones" to the "teen ones" - they'll have FUN!


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