If you are looking for some fun and inexpensive mommy and me time activities, we have some great ideas right here! Sometimes as parents we think that we have to go places and spend money in order to have some quality time with our kids, but that is not the case. Look back on your own childhood, what sort of things do you remember about spending time with your parents? I bet you they are things that did not cost a lot, if any, money.
Inexpensive Mommy and Me Activities You’ll Love
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You have to feed him right? Get your little one involved in the process. Cooking with your kids is a great way to get them to try new things, learn what goes on in the kitchen and get some good quality time with you. It is kind of like killing 2 birds with one stone; you have to cook and feed your family, but you also get to spend some time with your kiddos, which can be hard to find sometimes. Plus think of the rewards you will get to reap in a few years when they can take over dinner one night a week! Check out our favorite kid-friendly recipes for ideas!
Build a fort and read books
My daughter loves to build forts! We would build one every weekend if we could. She loves to take all the pillows from the couch and my bed and her bed and all the blankets she can find and use chairs and whatever other furniture she can move to set it all up. Then we climb in with the iPad or a book and play some games or read a few stories. It is a great way to get some QT with your little one. A nice way to sneak in some reading practice as well.
I grew up playing board games and card games with my family. I am enjoying that my daughter is now old enough to learn to play the card games with me. She asks me every single night if we can play UNO or Skip-bo or Sorry. I feel like we really get a chance to connect and enjoy each other’s company during those times too! She is learning some good strategy in her game as well. No, I do not ‘let her win’, we play by the rules.
A few times a week I just get in the mood to turn up the music and dance around the house. My daughter looks at me a little funny, but she joins me. My son is too young to think anything else about me except that I am just awesome, so he claps his hands. It’s fun! We have the same taste in music, so it makes it easy to pick songs. Or just stream from your favorite app and be surprised by what plays.
Visit the library
Check out your local library; they often have fun activities going on for different age ranges. They should have a calendar of events (probably even online), and you can plan ahead. Or just go and pick some books that you can read together. Stay a while, read in the little reading nook area that I am sure every children’s section of every library has. You can always read at home, but reading at the library, surrounded by books (and where you have to be someone what quiet) is fun.
You don’t always have to ‘spend money’ to do something fun. As your kids grow, it is the time you spent with them they are going to remember, not the amount spent on them. My daughter and I read every night, just me and her. It is our special time together where we are not interrupted by her little brother.