Having fun isn’t always top priority as a parent.  There is plenty of structure, rules and reasons.  But, sometimes there is room for some fun.  Sometimes, it is nice to loosen the reigns a bit and goof off.

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How to Be the Fun Mom

I remember the day that I first saw my mom let loose on the reigns and allow herself to just let go.  It was such a refreshing memory.   I saw her laugh and just have fun and I remember thinking “If we were born at the same time… I bet we would have been really good friends.”

Today we’re sharing lots of new ways you can try and be a fun mom, too. Inspired by, KC Edventures.  If you missed her interview this morning, go check it out. You don’t need an elaborate road trip to spend quality time with family members. Some of these simple things are a great way to have fun, and these little things are the best things that your kids will love.

Some some will be new things the whole family will love!

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Fun Things To Do With Mom

1. Play Pranks

Do pranks together – your kids will love bringing some surprise to another person’s day. We are especially fond of pranks here at Kids Activities Blog, here are some of our favorites.

2. Funny Pranks

Play funny pranks on each other.

3. April Fools Pranks

Check out these April Fools pranks that are good any day!

4. Play A Joke On One Another

Play a joke on each other!

5. Frozen Cereal Prank

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Playing harmless pranks is a great way to get some giggles!

Have your kids wake up to frozen cereal at breakfast {giggle}.

6. Ways To Laugh and Have Fun

Make your kids laugh with a tickle fight, or one of the other 10 ideas on that page. These are such fun games and a fun way for a new mom to spend time together.

7. Stop the Fun Police

A great post on how one mom became the fun police.  We don’t always realize how much we hover over our children, trust them and take a tiny step back.

8. Put on a Silly Face

Have a silly face contest – see who can have the wackiest face.   Here are some face printables that will make your child giggle.

9. Tickle Tickle

Have a tickle war!!  Or a smoochy-kiss chase!  Chase each other around the house and when you catch the other person give them a big smoochy kiss!

10. Date Day

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A family date is a great way to have fun and spend time with your family.

Take your kids out on a date and celebrate “family day”. These are some great mother daughter activities or mother son activities.

11. Playground Scavenger Hunt

Have a playground scavenger hunt.  Use this list of things to find and do and travel around to new playgrounds to find them.  This is a great adventure for the family.

12. Nature Scavenger Hunt

Check out our nature scavenger hunt printable for kids of all ages too. This is a better way to get active and have fun.

13. Make a Treat Like Peanut Butter Shake

Make and share a milkshake, together – here is our peanut butter shake recipe. You can even blow bubbles in the cup! (Our secret shake-making weapon can be found here)

14. Make Chocolate Chip Cookies Together

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat and many of us remember making cookies with mom. These are great and can be a fun experience. This great for younger children or older children. THey will all have a great time.

15. Read Together

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Reading together is a great way to spend time with your kids.

Read a story, or ten, to your child. On a favorite book, put yourself or your child into the book, replace the name of one of the characters with your child’s name. (This one is our current favorite!)

16. Be Scientific

You can have a good time learning, too!  Here are five really fun ways to teach science. Go outside on a hot day with a cup of water and learn about condensation! What a fun activity.

17. Disguise Yourself

Make super spy pipe-cleaner disguises together and talk to each other in your “spy voices”. So many cool things to make.

18. Start Silly Games

Play “edible pillow”. Your child is your “pillow” – they also happen to  talk and laugh!

19. Bubble War

Find an app and play *together* – my kids love teaching me their favorite games. I love these fun ideas.

20. Turn Everything to OFF

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Turn off your electronics and focus more on your family.

And… turn off the devices, have a afternoon focused just on your child – here are great hands-free mama tips.

21. Joking Matter

Tell your kids a joke. Here are some of our favorite funny jokes to tell.

22. The Best Kid’s Jokes

We have the Best jokes for kids.

23. Dinosaur Jokes

Tell dino jokes. Who doesn’t love dinosaur jokes.

24. Printable Jokes For Kids

Check out our 51 page ebook of printable jokes for kids.

25. Funny Animal Jokes

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Knowing funny jokes can definitely make your the funny mom.

Animal jokes are so much fun!

26. Make Big Art

Give your kids a big canvas to paint on.  Here are eight different ideas like throwing away the paper and try painting on an old fence, the windows (with window markers, of course) or the bath tub. (We always get our canvases here)

27. Family Slumber Party

Have a family slumber party.     Everyone (even mom and dad) should bring their sleeping bags and camp out on the living room floor.

28. Piggy Back Ride

Give your kids a piggy back ride… and if you are a dad, here are another 25 tips for connecting with your kids.

29. Make a Paper Airplane

Have a paper airplane battle.  Fold paper airplanes and try to throw them at each other. Check out how to make a paper airplane and a fun competition you can have once they are folded.

30. Road Trip…Kinda

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We all scream for ice cream!

Go on a road-trip – for ice cream.   Go on a meandering ride with your kids and stop for ice cream on the way home.

Bake a cookie with your kids, but not just any cookie – make it a GIANT one!

32. Take a Moment Together

Take a moment every evening to tell your child how much you love them and talk about the fun things you did together – reflect on family time.

33. Get a Tattoo

Get washable markers and draw tattoos on each other.

34. Do a Dance

Have a song that is just for you and your child… be silly and dance to it (below is our “family song”)…

Video: Do A Fun Dance Together!

35. Go for a Picnic

Go on a picnic together – even if it is for breakfast! You can have a picnic in the yard or a picnic in a local park.

36. Fly a Kite

Fly a kite – even better if you take the time to build your kite together first!

37. Color Together

Color a picture together!  Try to use silly colors that your child would not expect. Here are a few of our most popular coloring pages.

38. LOL Coloring Pages

Grab your crayons for these LOL coloring pages.

39. Unicorn Facts and Coloring Pages

Unicorn for kids facts & coloring are great for anyone who enjoys these mythical creatures.

40. Color Flower Coloring Pages Together

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Coloring and doing crafts together is a great way to have fun with your kids.

Color and cut this flower template together.

41. Fall Coloring Pages To Color Together

Coloring is just the beginning of the possibilities of these fall coloring pages.

42. Kitty Coloring Pages To Enjoy Together

Meow! Grab these cute kitty coloring pages.

43. Solar System Coloring Pages

Explore space with these solar system coloring pages.

44. More Fun Coloring Ideas To Spend Time Together

Here are some fun coloring ideas!

45. Pom Pom War

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There are so many fun and educational games to play with your kids.

Blow pom poms across the room with straws. Check out our list of 45 hands on activities to do with kids.

46. Wear PJs

For the remaining  ways to be a cool parent, including letting them do something daring or having breakfast outside in your pj’s.  Sometimes it’s good to think outside the box!

47. 17 Hugs

Have you ever wondered how many hugs do we need a day? <–there is my answer!

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  1. You could also try knitting together… but no one seems too fond of this idea. I prefer us sitting together in one room than going on hikes in unknown wilderness full of wildlife and full of unnecessary risks! Dad can take kids to the crocodile swamps if he wants…

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  3. These are such great ideas!! I can’t wait to try some of them out with my three boys!! I especially LOVE number 16 since I do lots of crafts with my boys. Crafts are a great way to spend time with your kids.

    I’ll be pinning this for sure!