Quirky fun for adults and kids to have together
June 17, 2010 12:14 PM Subscribe
Analog Amusement Filter: Looking for creative quirky artsy ideas for indoor amusement with/and without kids. But I'm looking for something new
, for ideas that cannot
be found in any of those "one billion kids craft/fun/game/activity" type books. Further specs inside.
posted by cross_impact to sports, hobbies, & recreation (14 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I live where the sun blazes mercilessly from morning til evening and telling the kids to go outside to play is not practical. Letting them vegetate in front of various screens all afternoon is not healthy as a long term solution either. I need analog indoor amusements -- hands and head engaged -- that inspire a sense of adventure, exploration, creation, or accomplishement.
My kids are 6, 7, and 10. I want to schedule some activities with them. Alternatively, I want to do some actvities myself that my kids will find so interesting they will either want to help with it or watch it unfold. (This is a key strategy I use to engage my kids -- start something fun and different to do myself that will accommodate help or participation from the kids when/if they get interested.)
Futhermore, after four kids and a combined 29 years of school-level activities, I've had my fill of crafty junk and school project-ish effluvia. So, if this activity produces an artifact, then I want that artifact to be truly useful or inspire a "Cool!" reaction from an adult who is not biased because they know my kids. If it is an art project, I want it to look like actual art. If it makes a toy, then I want it to be a good toy that will amuse me and my kids for a decent while.
Knowing mine, and most other, kids, these would need to be activities that could be done with a 20 min to an hour attention span (with some pre-setup from me beforehand if necessary)
Of course, the simpler and cheaper the better, but some planning and setup is okay if the project is indeed cool.
So c'mon moms and dads out there, brianstorm some ideas. Also could use input from cool uncles and aunts out there as well. Especially like all the cool stuff you do with the kids "but don't tell your mother, okay?"