Ideas for Making Memories

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Making Memories

Maybe it’s because I just turned another year older recently.  Maybe it’s because the reality of an empty nest is upon me.  Maybe it’s because my baby is in college and my eldest is a married man.  Maybe it’s because I never want to forget.

But lately, I’ve just been remembering and waltzing down memory lane.

It probably doesn’t surprise many of you to know that I’m a happy go lucky kind of gal.  Roll with it, fix what you can and smile through the rest, even if the rest happens to be tears.

Seriously, what else can you do, right?

So, I wanted to give you some fun things to do to simply make memories.  After all, that will mean more to you than a clean house, money in the bank and a nice car one day.  Moms, seriously, if someone comes over and you have a sink full of dishes but you PLAYED with your kids, smile and say – dishes can wait, my kids can’t.


Making Memories is as simple as:

  • Laying on a blanket looking at clouds and/or stars
  • Having an afternoon tea party with your princess and her stuffed friends
  • Playing basketball in the yard
  • Painting fingernails
  • Walking in the park
  • Reading out loud together
  • Late night movie fests, with popcorn and m&m’s
  • Mail cards to your small children. They love getting mail.
  • Take silly photos. Yes, we want the pretty family pictures, but always, always always take the silly ones too.
  • Dream together.  Know what your children dream of doing.  Secretly work to make it happen.
  • Toss the football
  • Handle problems together
  • Bake a cake and don’t wait for it to cool before frosting it and eating it. Such a treat.  And do not cut perfect squares.  Just scoop it out.
  • Try new recipes together. If they don’t turn out, laugh!
  • Share PB&J’s
  • Buy chocolate chip cookie dough for the sole purpose of eating it raw.
  • Walk in the snow together. Try to catch snowflakes. Close your eyes and enjoy the coolness on your cheeks.
  • Sing in the car! Sing loud.
  • Go to the park and swing.  If they have a tall sliding board, slide! If they have a see-saw, even better!
  • Explore your city together.  Let your child take pictures.  You’d be surprised at what they love….pictures are worth a thousand words.
  • Plan a day of nothing. No chores, no dishes, no cooking – tell everyone – it’s a lazy day all around.
  • Let your child play with the camera on your phone and be silly with them.
  • Color. Seriously.  When is the last time you got a huge box of crayons and colored? (psst..make sure you color outside the lines!)
  • Ask your child what made them smile this week.
  • Sit on the floor and play.
  • Have a mad, crazy game night.  Order in Pizza and play one board game after another.
  • Hot Chocolate out with the kids
  • Picnic outside with an ordinary meal
  • Pop some popcorn and sprinkle with different flavorings. Try ranch, taco or even cinnamon sugar
  • Text your kids.  Seriously.  Text them randomness, facts of the day, verse of the day, silly photos.
  • Give turn down service. Leave a small piece of their favorite chocolate on their pillow and a note saying you love them.
  • Play in the rain.  Just do it.  Treat it like snow.  Have fun!
  • Hold hands.
  • Always play music from a juke box. Always. Do not let this opportunity pass you by.
  • Have cereal for dinner
  • Enjoy the extra sprinkles without question
  • Roast marshmallows and hotdogs
  • Blow bubbles
  • Write on the porch or driveway with sidewalk chalk
  • Play hopscotch
  • Cry together.  (Not only will you make a wonderful memory of support, you’ll let your child know that it is ok to cry.)
  • Shower them with hugs and kisses. Even when they don’t want them. They will thank you for it one day
  • Always answer the question. Even if they’ve asked 100 times already.  Just answer it.
  • Eat cotton candy together
  • Collect sea shells together
  • Gaze at a rainbow
  • Volunteer together
  • Have water balloon fights
  • Play “cars” on the floor
  • Enjoy go-kart riding with your kids
  • Have dessert first
  • Experiment with homemade pizza.  Use tortilla shells, wraps or bagels.  Have fun creating different kinds.
  • Have your kid’s friends over and have a peanut butter contest. See who creates the coolest sandwich w/peanut butter.
  • Dance with your kids.  Be footloose and fancy free.
  • Catch lightning bugs
  • Make homemade banana splits or sundaes.  Have toppings galore.
  • Spend time in a hammock together
  • Host a neighborhood art exhibit
  • Have a watermelon seed spitting contest. Only rule is everyone must participate!
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Feed ducks
  • Enjoy a petting zoo together.  Pet something you are afraid of.
  • Start a Thank You Journal and add pics and notes about people who make a difference in your world and then do something sweet for them.
  • Start a lemonade stand and donate proceeds to Spreading Joy
  • Build a fort out of blankets and camp out in the living room
  • Play in the town of “____” with huge cardboard boxes
  • Silhouette art – draw an outline of your head and frame it.  Lamp without shade, black construction paper and it’s practically done.
  • Jump rope
  • Hula hoop
  • Play in the band.  Mom, grab that broom and make it sing! Pots and wooden spoons make great instruments.
  • Make hand turkeys each year and watch how they grow.
  • Make, freeze and enjoy frozen kool-aid
  • Whip up some mud pies.  Ohhhh the memories there.
  • Watch the rain together.
  • Go roller skating together
  • Disney for everyone
  • Make Snow Angels
  • Remember out loud with your kids.  Talk about the fun, silly, serious things that you love about each of them.
  • Send your child something unique for no reason. Again, everyone loves surprises in the mail!
  • Go for a long walk
  • Fly a kite
  • Plan a scavenger hunt.  Do it at a mall with pictures or at home.  Leave fun clues.
  • Cozy up by a warm fire and talk about everything and nothing
  • Bake cookies together
  • Saturday Morning Cartoon Fest.  See if you can find some awesome cartoons of Yester Year.  Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, etc.
  • Pancakes for everyone.  Make a wide variety, chocolate chip, banana or sprinkle in some cinnamon for a delightful flavor.

Tell me, what are some things that you do to make memories?  What memories do you have as a child that just stuck with you?

Please share them with us as you never know who you’ll inspire to make memories of their own.

Inspire us in the comment section below!

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Wife, mother and I am a lover of the million little things that make life BIG! I love old books, hot coffee, the laughter of children and the priceless hugs that mean more than anything. While looking through the eyes of compassion and understanding the heart that desires to have an impact, Marie encourages others to see the full potential of the everyday, ordinary resources that is right within their reach. Everyone needs to make a difference and with creative thinking and a unique look at the ordinary; she shows people all over the world just how easy it is to make a difference. Every act of joy that you do, regardless of the size, has the potential to have a limitless ripple effect. You never know where your act of joy will end up. You, the giver, are splashed with joy as you make a difference! God’s Joy is for everyone!

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    • says

      I love that memory!! I did too. I may have to schedule me up a saturday morning cartoon fest here soon. 🙂

      thank you for stopping by and the encouragement you give!

  1. says

    I took my three year old on Meals on Wheels rounds several months last year as a way of introducing him to volunteering and being a servant. It was our way of reaching out to our community, but it also made some great memories. Watching him carry the little milk carton or fruit cup up to the door, seeing him shy up a bit when folks commented about having a “little visitor.” Definitely some favorite memories!

    OH! And if any of y’all have a popcorn ceiling you can do “cloud watching” with it indoors on rainy days. That’s one of my son’s all time favorite activities and his little imagination amaze my husband and I when we gaze at the “clouds” on the ceiling! 😀

    • says

      2 awesome ideas!! wow! I love having the kids with me when volunteering and making a difference. and never would have thought of cloud watching indoors like that!! thank you Shirley!!

  2. says

    These are all great ideas! Trips to the zoo with the kids are some of my favorite memories. And our trips to the Outer Banks. Over the years, I found the best memories weren’t those time we were “trying” to make a memory – but just in spending time together something always seems to happen that is talked about years later. It’s the simple things.

    • says

      Isn’t that the truth!! just being together is such a wonderful thing. that is what i miss the most about being an empty nester.

      thanks for the smile Becky!!

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