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- Surprise your little by celebrating his/her birthday.
- Make a thin layer of JELLO and carve it into letters, numbers, figures, etc.
- Together write a family newsletter for friends and relatives.
- Take a walk together with a memento bag and collect interesting leaves, rocks, or junk.
- Go to the bank and open a savings account for him/her.
- Design a Christmas card together.
- Make a bug cage and catch bugs together.
- Eat lunch with him/her at school.
- Teach him/her to weave a ring out of grass.
- Paint graffiti on the walls of a room a few days before it is repainted.
- Buy 10 shares of stocks in an inexpensive company that he/she will recognize and watch it make or lose money.
- Look up new words in the dictionary.
- Use a globe to locate friends, travel destinations, and current events together.
- Go on a sound scavenger hunt with a tape recorder.
- Go shopping at a secondhand store for dress up clothes.
- Work together to make a collage of his/her life with pictures cut from magazines.
- Make giant soap bubbles.
- Plan a vacation togetherimaginary or real.
- Roast marshmallows with toothpicks over the flame of a candle.
- Learn a simple magic trick to amaze him/her and their friends
- Show him/her your picture from your high school yearbook.
- Paint an original T-shirt for a special occasion.
- Go for a walk through a hardware store and explain the function of various tools.
- Compliment your Little’s character and skill three times for every one compliment on his/her appearance.
- On a one foot square of grass find all of the living things that are visible in that space.
- On his/her birthday, ask your Little to lie on butcher paper and trace around him/her. Repeat this process each year to show how much he/she has grown.
- Learn to count to 10 in a foreign language.
- Take your little out on your anniversary telling what you’ve noticed about him/her over the last year.
- Write a letter to your little on your anniversary telling what you’ve noticed about him/her over the last year.
- Have an art show of his/her masterpieces, invite your friends and relatives to come buy the original, signed artwork. Set low prices so everything will sell.
- Practice filling out application for everything.
- Help your Little make homemade potpourri.
- Help your Little make a list of all the people who love him/her.
- Look through a clothing catalog and ask what he/she likes and doesn’t like.
- Explain what is becoming of a young lady/gentleman and what is not.
- Washing the car together.
- Explore the attic together.
- Paint a special message for his/her mother on a wooden cutting board.
- Make a calendar of the big events of his/her year.
- Make snow angels.
- Feed the birds.
- Look through a book of house plans and help him/her pick out a dream home.
- Help her write a letter to the author of a book that she really likes.
- Buy a rubber stamp or stickers with his/her name on them.
- Start a coin or stamp collection.
- Get a book of animal tracks and explore a pond or trail together to see what animals live in the area.
- Put colored water in a two-liter bottle. Connect another to it like an hourglass and turn it over.
- Go on a camera scavenger hunt together. Make a list of things you want pictures of before the hunt. Let him/her take the pictures.
- Teach him/her a big word.
- Tape record messages to send to grandparents or other loved ones who do not live nearby.
- Help him/her stencil border pattern around the top of a wall.
- Go on a newspaper scavenger hunt. Give him/her a list of 10-20 items to find in a newspaper.
- Read biographies of people who did great things and let your Little know they were no different from him/her.
- Make a weatherboard, put a few books on a small board, prepare tags with numbers and a few key words. Show him/her how to track temperature and weather conditions each morning before school.
- Learn to program a computer BASIC language.
- Finger paint with chocolate, lemon, or strawberry pudding.
- Make maracas by covering light bulbs with layers of paper mache. When they dry gently break the glass and paint them.
- Make mini pizzas using English muffins topped with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni.
- Help compose a letter to your Little’s congressional representative regarding an issue of importance to your Little
- Invite him/her to sell old toys and clothes at your garage sale.
- Check out a tree identification book from the library and discover which ones are in your neighborhood.
- Using the letters from a long word see how many smaller words that you can make.
- Train together and participate in a one-K run.
- Role-play meeting new people so he/she will have more confidence in what can be an unfamiliar situation.
- Invite someone who has lived in a foreign country over for dinner to talk about life in that country.
- Use a book of names to find the meaning of his/her name and those of family members and friends.
- Build a log cabin together with Popsicle sticks and glue.
- Clip coupons together and give him/her a percentage of what you save.
- Watch a potter throwing on a wheel.
- Use a magnifying glass together to examine all kinds things.
- Make a tent using blankets stretched over chairs and tucked into drawers.
- Teach him/her to use a fire extinguisher.
- Squeeze fresh orange juice.
- Tape and record him/her reading a favorite story.
- Tour the state capitol.
- Go to the airport for lunch and watch he planes take off and land.
- Show him/her photographs or movies of you as a child.
- Roast pumpkin seeds in the oven.
- Take him/her with you when you vote and explain why you select the candidates that you did.
- Volunteer together to ring a bell for a charity at Christmas time.
- Ask him/her to share an opinion on things that are important to you.
- Get some lumber, hammer and nails and encourage your Little to be creative.
- Tell him/her stories about you when you were his/her age.
- Volunteer to visit his/her class to tell students about your profession.
- Teach him/her how to make a football spiral.
- Have a sock warfive minutes and 20 pairs of socks.
- Open the hood of a car and point out various parts of the engine.
- Walk through an unfinished house.
- Give him/her your old billfold or purse. “Accidentally” leave a dollar or two hidden inside.
- Speak highly of the men and women in your life, and help him/her to value their character and skill.
- Read books about famous inventors.
- Enjoy a fresh coconut or pineapple together.
- Watch the activity at a construction site.
- Build and repaint a birdhouse.
- Teach your Little to tap out his/her name in Morse code or spell it using sign language.
- Order sea monkeys or Chia pets and watch them grow.
- Skip rocks on the water.
- Copy each other’s hand on a photocopy machine.
- Buy a yo-yo and learn how to do tricks with it.
- Help him/her to make a video movie.
- Have business cards printed with his/her name and a catchy slogan.
- Take him/her to a photo darkroom and see how negatives and prints are made.
- Visit a farm and milk a cow.
- Look in phone books to find the name of someone with the same name as you and your little.
- Visit the state legislature when it is in session.
- Set up a roadside lemonade stand or similar business.
- Teach him/her the proper way to answer the phone.
- Using play money show him/her how you spend the money that you earn.
- Make a list of everything that you will do with all of the money you win from the $10 million lotto.
- Get a chemistry set and perform your own experiments.
- Encourage him/her to admire professional athletes who are worthy of his/her admiration on and off of the field.
- Write to the president and ask him for a photo. (Your Little will receive a picture and a packet of information).
- Have notepads imprinted with your Little’s name.
- Build a house of cards together.
- Buy a short section of rain gutter and build a giant banana in it together, invite some friends to share the treat together.
- Make your own code with numbers representing letters. Send each other coded messages.
- Teach your pet a new trick.
- Visit a music store and learn about different types of instruments.
- Visit a college.
- Make pancakes from scratch.
- Learn to identify three constellations.
- Learn CPR together. Teach him/her how to operate a washing machine and how to sort and fold clothing.
- Paint an odd piece of furniture.
- Learn 10 new words in a foreign language.
- Do something together for an elderly friend.
- Rent a bicycle built for two and tour the arboretum.
- Teach your Little a clean joke that he can share with his/her family or friends.
- Learn to use a real cameraone on which nothing is automatic.
- Shop until you drop.
- Go ice fishing or ice skating, then stop somewhere for hot chocolate when you’re through.
- Explore a museum.
- Go tubing or sledding down the hill, and make you’re little go first to test it out.
- Make dinner for your Little’s mom and surprise her on her birthday.
- Have a monopoly tournament to try and let your Little buy Park Place and Boardwalk.
- Visit a hospital and look at the babies in the nursery or the infant intensive care unit.
- Look at antique furniture.
- Surf the Internet, try and tap into a computer in a foreign country, or look at the web pages of companies that he/she would recognize.
- Learn how to fix your bikes.
- Visit a second hand store and buy some old clothes that you can use to play dress up.
- Go on a scavenger hunt through the park looking for as many signs of life or death as you can.
- Visit a nursing home and read or sign to the residents, ask them to describe what life was like when they were your Little’s age.
- Whack golf balls at the driving range.
- Walk around a boat show, sporting show or star trek convention.
- Shop for hats bearing the insignia of your Little’s favorite sports teams.
- Bake and frost cutout cookies.
- Rent a canoe and explore the lagoons in the arboretum.
- Assemble a bookcase.
- Work on home improvement projects together, painting, wallpapering, or remodeling the spare room, it provides great talk time and quite a few laughs.
- Make foods from around the world and learn how people live in that country.
- Have a carpet picnic on the living room floor and watch movie.
- Throw snowballs at phone poles from increasing distances.
- Meditate together.
- Take him/her to your church or synagogue and introduce your Little to your pastor, priest or rabbi.
- Maintain a scrapbook of all of the things together, include ticket stubs, menus, pictures, brochures, programs and other mementos.
- Rearrange the furniture in your living room.
- Visit a coffee shop to sip hot chocolate or soda while playing chess, checkers or backgammon.
- Munch a pizza and play games at Showbiz Pizza.
- Research an important event or issue at the library, tour the big libraries or universities.
- Sit at the mall or in the park and watch people.
- Sniff the flowers at a formal garden.
- Go apartment hunting.
- Create s’mores with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate chunks, heat them in the oven, microwave, or over an open fire.
- Learn how to dance.
- Take turns styling each other’s hair.
- Learn how to sew an outfit for your Little.
- Do aerobics in the living room.
- Decorate eggsnot just for Easter.
- Make a homemade pizza.
- Plan a trip around the world or around the USA, it is a great way to sneak in a geography lesson.
- Go snowshoeing.
- Bike along the bike trail and stop to make dandelion necklaces or to search for bird nests.
- Tell each other stories, start by giving the other a starting sentence such as “I was walking to school the other day when I saw”…
- Create a bead necklace or bracelet.
- View the exhibits at an art museum.
- Volunteer to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, help people at Special Olympics events or serve Meals on Wheels.
- Make a fondue meal or a fruit and cake fondue for dessert.
- Take an art class together.
- Shoot a round of pool.
- Learn to make homemade root beer or ice cream.
- Feed the ducks at the park.
- Write a poem about him/her and read it on a special occasion.