It's Saturday morning and it's hard to resist sleeping in and letting the kids waste a few more hours watching cartoons. It's the easy choice, it's free and you'll feel better in the afternoon. Besides, that's what they want to do.
A little mind is a terrible thing to leave in front of the Boob Tube for five hours every Saturday morning. It's up to the parent to take the initiative to break the cycle of intellectual malnourishment that comes from an ovedose of watching TVs. Parents should make the time to plan wholesome and educational activities that the entire family can enjoy on the weekends. Most of us know that already and the problem is that it's hard to plan family outings on a budget. For all those thrifty parents out there, here are three activities you can do with your kids that won’t put a dent in your wallet. In fact it’s an opportunity for you to bond with that child, for the child to develop dexterity, and motivate them to fix and build things. Bonding aside, it's always good to have a ten year old fix-it child around the house.
Every first Saturday of the month from 9-12am Home Depot offers a kid’s workshop for children aged 5 to 12. The participants are given an apron and a kit to build that day’s model. For instance upcoming models include a Periscope and a School Bus Pencil Organizer. The workshops are available in all stores and children will receive a achievement pin at the end of the workshop.
Every second and fourth Saturday from 10-11am, Lowe’s has Build and Grow workshop that you can register for. An apron and kit is also provided free of charge. What better way to bond with your child than building/creating something together. Each store limits participation to 50 people so you need to register in advance. Upcoming projects include a Monster Truck and a Ball and Cup game. Suggested grades are 1st to 5th.
If you have a Lakeshore Learning near you, they have an arts and craft activities for children from 11-3pm on Saturdays while parents can shop around for educational supplies. Don’t let another Saturday catch you sitting on the sofa watching t.v. Upcoming projects include a Summer Fruit Basket and a Patriotic Drum just in time for Independence Day. Lakeshore Learning is also a great place to get educational toys to help your kids develop.
Try out a few of these workshops. There not just good for children, you might just enjoy them too.
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