If you’re like most parents, you’re looking for some fun activities to get the whole family together. Bonus points if the activities are low-cost and safe for people of all ages!
To get your creative juices flowing, we’re sharing five of our favorite activities for families. All of these ideas are eco- and budget-friendly, so you can feel great about sharing them with everyone.
(1) Make DIY Decorations
For starters, think about hosting a craft session for the family, rather than heading to the mall or doing some online shopping.
Get creative with your own family by making some fun decorations at home using natural and non-toxic materials. Gather local pinecones in your forest, collect acorns from the backyard, and use other natural “treasures” to create something new.
This offers a great opportunity for the family to bond, spend some time outside, and create some one-of-a-kind decorations. Just make sure you’re using glues and paints made with safe ingredients for kids.
(2) Host a Family Spa Night
What feels more relaxing than a cozy movie night in, complete with face masks and hair treatments?
Gather the family around the television, put out your favorite snacks, and take turns applying your favorite worry-free skin and hair products. This is an awesome way to decompress as a family while also checking some of your favorite films off your annual watch list.
If you don’t have any skin or hair products on hand for your spa night, get busy in the kitchen. You can use plenty of at-home ingredients to create face masks, such as avocado, honey, and yogurt.
(3) Conduct a Nature-Inspired Scavenger Hunt
American families are spending less time outside than ever before, especially during the cold winter months. If you want your family to get into nature for a bit, you’ll likely need to schedule some time for a planned outdoor activity.
A nature-inspired scavenger hunt offers the chance for everyone to get involved, no matter their age. Create a list of items to find, such as pine cones, specific leaves, or even certain types of rocks.
Trust us: everyone in the family could benefit from some fresh air and time away from screens. Just be sure to bring your non-toxic sunscreen, even if it doesn’t feel hot outside!
(4) Plan a Family Cooking Class
When was the last time you roped the whole family into preparing a meal? If you don’t know the answer, maybe it’s time to plan a family cooking activity!
Transform your kitchen into a culinary workshop for a day. Choose a few seasonal recipes that are easy for the little ones to follow, then walk through the entire cooking or baking process as a family.
This activity isn’t just fun – it’s also educational. Take this opportunity to teach your children about traditional family recipes, as well as the importance of using safe kitchen techniques and natural ingredients.
(5) Visit a Local Farmer’s Market
Nowadays, many children grow up without really thinking about where their products come from. That’s why it’s a great idea to support local farmers and artisans by visiting a nearby farmer’s market.
Not only will you get the chance to buy fresh, locally sourced products, but you can also teach your children about how many products are made – soaps, candles, tasty treats, etc.
Farmer’s markets also offer a practical way to teach children about seasonal produce. Walk through the stalls and talk to your children about the natural cycles of fruits and vegetables, as well as how pricing and purchase decisions work.
Your whole family knows what the inside of a traditional grocery store or supermarket looks like. Next time you’re looking for a fun activity, consider taking them to a market that empowers local businesses and is more eco-friendly.
Protect Your Family With Safe Beauty Products
At Original Sprout, we’re committed to offering effective, non-toxic products for the entire family. Our beauty products are a commitment to building a sustainable future packed with many more healthy seasons for you and your family.
Every Original Sprout product is formulated with integrity. We only use nourishing, safe ingredients from natural sources such as fruits, vegetables, and flowers. We never include irritants such as parabens, phthalates, or artificial fragrances.
In the meantime, our team hopes you enjoy some of these activities for families!