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Great Ideas for Parents...

Here is a list of things to do with your children to make time together fun!

Bring them to the Library

Morton Public Library welcomes children of all ages. Once inside there are a number of things you can do with your child. Discover all the wonderful books full of enchanting stories. There are toys and a train table for children to enjoy. Crafts and color sheets are provided for the budding artist. Learning computer games and the Wii can be played during your visit. Puzzles are throughout our library. You can even pick a movie for later. Check our website for special children’s programs. Our goal is to make your visit one of discovery and fun.

Get them in the Kitchen

There are lots of recipe books for children at the library. Look through them together and pick some to try. Cooking teaches children so many valuable skills and it's time together creating something fun for family and friends. My son and I enjoy making mini banana breads for our neighbors and friends. They have become his specialty.

Make Paper Planes

Use up all that scrap paper that was destined for the recycling and build a fleet of paper airplanes. You could make different kinds and see which one flies the furthest.

Write a Story

Use your imaginations and write a story together. It doesn't have to be original, the kids could write down their favorite fairy tale and just change the ending. Another great idea is to write chain stories with friends. Each person writes a paragraph and then shows the final line only to the next writer. Once the final person has written their section, read the whole story out loud - it usually pretty funny!

Create a Play

Encourage your child's creative side, by finding a box of dressing-up clothes and get them to come up with a story for a play. You might need to help them with some ideas (princess trapped in a castle; stranded on a desert island are two). Don't forget you'll also have to sit through the performance.

Create a Scavenger Hunt

Come up with a list of odd and fun items for your kids to find. They can hunt around the house or your neighborhood.


Build a Den

All you need is a large blanket or sheet and some cushions and let them pretend they're in a tropical rainforest or somewhere similar. A large box is also a great idea for a cave - this is likely to entertain them for hours. 

Become a Model Maker

What kid doesn't love getting his hands dirty? Get some modelling clay, a plastic knife and mould away. You can even buy self-hardening clay if you want them to become permanent.

Host a Dance Party

Get a bunch of your children’s favorite CDs and let them dance til they drop. Share with them some of your favorite music and dance moves. Your children will love it.

Learn Origami

The ancient Japanese art of paper-folding easy to do and is also fun. You can fold a sheet of paper into pretty much anything, as long as you've got a pattern. The library can provide book resources that will show step by step directions.  

Create a Map

You draw the squares on a large sheet of paper and see how easy they find it to draw the local neighborhood. Get them to imagine they're a bird in the sky looking down. Not as easy as it sounds.

Create a Family Tree

How much do your kids know about their family? Do they know anything about your parents' parents? Not only is drawing family trees fun, but it also teaches them a bit about history. You may unearth some really interesting stories about your own family that you never knew.