Pickle says….’Family reunions can be a lot of fun for grown ups but us children usually have different ideas! Keeping us entertained while at a family reunion can be tough and an unhappy child is the last thing you want at such an event. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways you can keep us happy and busy while you enjoy spending time with your relatives.
Here are a few of my tips to help us little ones get through the day:
Colouring books apps
I LOVE colouring books. The bright colours and trying to keep within the lines are a great and creative way of keeping me occupied for hours. But what if Mummy forgets my colouring stuff. No worries!
Mummy can download a mandala colouring app for Android smartphones that will allow me to colour away as much as I want! I love apps like this
Seasonal crafts tables
I love holidays and festive events, a great idea to take advantage of the season and keep me busy is to create a themed crafts table. If your family reunion is taking place during the autumn, for example, you can create a pumpkin decorating station for the children (and the adults!) to take part in. During the winter we could create Christmas tree ornaments, and in the spring we could paint Easter eggs.
Family story time
Family gatherings are all about sharing stories and those stories can be a great way for us children to learn about our own history. Telling family stories helps children feel as though they are an important part of the family reunion. You could, for example, ask them to tell their own stories or to help you tell your own. Mummy could ask the teens to tell family stories with us little ones.
Fun foods and snacks
Us children love having silly foods and snacks that we can enjoy. If we were hosting the reunion, Mummy would set up a snacks table for us little ones, making sure she checked with the other parents first about whether their children had any dietary restrictions or food allergies. As with the crafts table, she could make the snacks seasonally themed, such as gingerbread men during the winter or spooky ghost- shaped cookies around Halloween.
Finally, create a scavenger hunt either for us children alone or for both children and adults to join in. You can have prizes for whoever finds the most hidden items. This is a great way to help the children get to know each other.
Having me bored child at a large family reunion is definitely not fun. Having these activities would mean so much fun that everyone would enjoy it.
Have you any ideas for entertaining children at family reunions you can share with us?