Magical Mama Lonni wrote in to share a billion (okay, very slightly less) more fun things to do with your tween. She’s raising some really fabulous tweens and teens herself and I love her list. So here, lifted straight from the comments are her great suggestions….
I like your ideas and it got me wracking my brain. Look out, I feel like a chapter long comment is about to happen. ;o)
Hmmmm, you could…
-go clam shell picking at the river
-go pop can collecting (they aren’t worth much now but it’s a good excuse to go walking together.) You could do trash too of course.
-make cool projects using the sewing machine (bags, water bottle carrier, curtains, pajama pants, funky cloth table napkins or place mats, pillows, clothes for Webkinz, a quilt using t-shirt fronts…)
-build stilts out of lumber (most places will cut your lumber for youso you just have to screw/nail it together once you get home.)
-have a campfire in the yard, toast grilled cheese sandwiches and marshmallows on the fire, or just sit around it eating ice cream (just ’cause most people don’t think of that!) and talking. Harmonicas are optional. ;o)
-collect a hoard of video tape cases from a video store (these days they’ll give them away) and set up giant domino paths thru your house. Fun to watch them all fall and see if your design worked!
-wander around a furniture store. The massage chairs and lift chairs are such fun and always give us the giggles. One time we just hung out in their home theater area for an hour or so. No one said a thing to us. )
-play around with make-up and hair-dos. Ooooo! Get an updo at a salon then go out for dessert to show off. Someone said you can get this done cheap at the Cosmetology Training school.
-go pretend car shopping, just seeing what different cars are like inside, features, prices, gas mileage (could even test drive a new car).
-nose around in places you don’t normally shop like farm, sporting goods, hardware, home decorating, antiques, plant nursery, or fishing/bait stores. There’s always something new and interesting to find and talk about…yup, *even* at an appliance store.
-rent a paddle boat at the lake (around here it’s only $5/hour)
-take your bikes to the BMX track
-go to a skateboard park
-play mini-golf or get your frustrations out on the driving range (you can buy a golf club for about $1 at the thrift store)
-go on a creative photo shoot, seeing what interesting cars, buildings, signs, people, nature things, shapes, shadows, etc. you can find. Taking weird close-ups and odd angles, etc. Take pics of each other in unusual locations like trains tracks and doorways of old buildings and pics of each other doing every day things that you never think to photograph like pushing a grocery cart, paying for your food at McDonalds, or getting your mail.
-go out for appetizers
-go to a business that sells manufactured homes and ask if they mind if you go look thru all of them (my kids love this!)
-go to a camper dealer and check out their camper inventory (they’ve gotten amazingly nice!)
-go bowling (check at the college because you can usually bowl there cheaper than at the reg. alleys)
-for a few quarters you can play together at the arcade at a bowling alley (who doesn’t like skeet ball and air hockey?)
-try out some new baking ideas. We just bought fondant and a big set of bakers food coloring the other day. There’s a bunch of ways to be creative with fondant and it’s more fun if someone creates with you! Also look up cake pops on Bakerella or Pioneer Woman’s blog. They’re adorable and a great way to play with food!
Dig around in books like "The Daring Book for Girls", "The Big Book of Girl Stuff", and "How to Be the Best at Everything". There are boy versions of these books too that are really worth looking at also, even for girls. Also those "Would You Rather…" books have some bizarre and hilarious choices and equal a good time together.
You know where I live, but do you know there’s a cheap theater here and you can go to a movie for $3/person? Their movies have just been thru the other theaters so are still pretty fresh. As a special treat now and then it’s kinda fun to go see something on the big screen and this makes it affordable.
Phew, now I’m tired. I hope there’s at least one new idea here you can use sometime. )
Um, yeah! You’re a rock star, Lonni! Will you be my mother?!
(Harumph! Victoria wants to know the same thing– disloyal child!)
Thanks for all the great ideas! I think the giggling lunatic behind me and I will have some fun with lots of these.
And is it bad that I’m happy to have my giggling lunatic back?
Happy weekend everybody!