30 Days to Hands on Play : Family Time

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30 days to hands on play challenge


family together time challenge

Puzzles, Game Night, Coloring.

Perfect for a Sunday afternoon or evening!
Some together time as a family before the work week hits us again.

This challenge may seem kind of obvious, we spend a lot of time together as a family, but rarely doing something together as a family.

This is great reminder of how important and special these moments really are.
And sometimes we need to purposefully create them.

family together time play challenge

This ‘Challenge’ is meant to get you started, to spark your creativity with your kids (and their creativity!). I’m excited to see where this activity takes you and your kids today!

Spend (at least) 15 minutes of uninterrupted* time as a family! Simple as that. Carve out some time to sit together and enjoy a few minutes as a complete family.

(*uninterrupted : being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, etc.)


  • kids games (such as Memory, Don’t Break the Ice, Chutes & Ladders, etc.)
  • puzzles! (Varied to the child’s ability. Or each of you have your own and make it a challenge!)
  • coloring books and crayons (draw free-hand or color)
  • playing cards

Remember to adapt this idea as best you can to your own kids. As many of you are learning through the previous challenges, to go with the flow and follow the kid’s interest.


  • Play games like Hang Man, or Tic Tac Toe for the older ones.
  • Write down or draw ideas of what you’re Thankful for. (Great for Thanksgiving coming up!)
  • Charades! or Pictionary!
  • A family game of peek-a-boo for the little ones.

30 days to hands on play challenge

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Its not too late to get started!
See what this challenge is all about and how you can join in:
30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge.
Jump in at any time, or go back and start from the beginning!

Here in the comments, and be inspired by others on The Play Network.
Tomorrow, The Imagination Tree has your challenge for Day 7!

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  1. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Excellent reminder! As moms we do things with our kids, but do we ever get Dad and everyone else in the house involved? I think you and Anna could write a book based on this 30 day challenge. Especially in this day and age when everyone is going going all the time and staring at technology and etc. it's like we are together, but we are not really together doing things and acknowledging each other. Our world needs to me reminded each day!

  2. Toddler Approved says

    My son and husband did some "family" time together playing puzzles today! They also loved island jumping and making volcanoes with couch cushions yesterday. :) I'm excited for when I get home from my girls weekend and can play along too. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

  3. Amanda says

    Ruth – I am all for that kind of linky party! What a great idea! My hubbie is a very hands on dad, but like me we find we play for about 10 minutes many times a day. Challenging ourselves to play for longer periods of time encourages us to use our imaginations more and helps us extend our play as a family! My family is really enjoying the challenge =) and learning more about each other!

  4. amber whitehead says

    We played bean bag toss today as a family. I wrote a post but i'm behind on writing all of my others so it will be up later this week!

    Thanks for the challenge this is fun and a great way to kick off our busy week!

  5. Laura @Art For Little Hands says

    Glad you shared this on Monday Madness. I was up to doing your challenge and then the weekend hit and we were again running here and there and everywhere and I let it slide. This is a great reminder to me to start over again tomorrow. Love the family game night. I want that to be something we do weekly.

  6. Cindy says

    Thank you so much for doing this. My children are very important to me and I enjoy spending time with them already. We are in the middle of moving and I have been overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done. My brain seems to only have room for packing, cleaning, yard work, cooking ect. Playing has become a challenge for me. These challenges have helped me so much, they have helped me to actually be less stressed because I know that I am spending quality time with my kids. So far none of the activities we have done together have stayed in the 15 min goal but have gone over into 45 and up to hours of pure playing. Thanks again for helping me play with my kids during such a difficult move.

    • Jamie says

      Thanks for the smile you just put on my face Cindy. It does help so you’re less stressed, doesn’t it? And everyone just seems happier all around. I’m glad its working for you and you’re spending hours of pure playing with your kids :) Truly puts a smile on my face.

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