What is it about being an Aunt? You've got a great position in the family with a niece or nephew (or more than one of each!) You get to be THE Aunt to a tiny, precious, little, perfect human...and then you get to hand them back over to your family. You get to be the biggest cheerleader, the brightest spot of inspiration, and best hug-giver. A baby has the whole world before him or her and you are the one who will be there to watch, play, babysit, talk, create, and love. As nieces and nephews grow, Aunts are there to watch and encourage. You can have a close relationship (Aunt-ship?)with nieces and nephews whether you live nearby or far away. An Aunt is born when a child is born, and the love that is bonded between an Aunt and a niece or nephew is unlike any other.
There are certain understandings about being an Aunt. You can't compete to be the best Aunt there is. You just, do what you do best. Play, create, and explore what your connection with your niece or nephew inspires. You don't interfere or compete with your niece/nephew's parents to be the "fun one". You are the Aunt. The one who is there to love and watch and play and hug no matter what the world brings for this little child.
Being an Aunt and loving Aunthood is a special role like no other. Build a relationship and grow it!
We've got ideas for hands-on play, with creating, enjoying time together, and growing relationships with nieces and nephews.
Ideas for Aunts to do with nieces and nephewsLooking for fun ways to spend time together? Sure movies and days at the ballpark are nice, but sometimes a day at the Aunt's house just playing together is just right. Add some of these ideas to your day:
Make a snack.
Paint with homemade baking soda paints.
Read a book and make a book-based sensory bin.
Make cardboard tangrams from recycled cardboard.
Cook Vegetable Quesadillas.
Play board games.
Build with Legos (and learn!).
Make 3 ingredient kinetic sand.
Freeze frozen fruit cabobs.
Play and learn with a muffin tin.
Bake lemon bars in a jar.
Make a rainbow snack tray.
Get messy with fizzy sensory dough.
Make a Bee band-aide craft.
Aunts and nieces and nephews can cook together for hands-on memory making time together.Play with soapy foam.
Craft DIY rhythm sticks.
Make torn paper art.
Plan an outer space theme with books, snacks, activities, and crafts.
String beads into jewelry
Cook wedding soup.
Make crayon play dough.
Eat ice cream and make an ice cream craft.
Make a bow flower craft.
Play with a marble run in water.
Make Honey rice crispy treats.
Make a jellyfish craft.
Paint a birdhouse.
Play tic tac toe (with dyed pasta!)
Watch Star Wars and build block light sabers.
Make a lighthouse craft.
Have a dinosaur fan? Read a dino book and play a game.
Bake Fruit Pizzas.
Race cars and experiment with air drag.
Create potato stamp art and crafts.
Paint with yarn.
Make an egg carton caterpillar craft.
Paint with pinwheels.
Play Goodnight Moon Memory.
Make messy sensory clean mud (on the stove top!).
Creative sensory play for Aunts and Nieces and Nephews to exploreHost a sleepover and make strawberry pancakes or a waffle bar breakfast.
Make a robot craft.
Craft with seedling containers.
Make a footprint tractor craft.
MAKE AN ANT (AUNT) CRAFT!
Make a butterfly craft.
Build with blocks.
Make metallic crayon play dough.
Make crayon floam dough.
Create sensory bottles.
Bake banana cheesecake bites.
Freeze grapes into caterpillars.
Create gorgeous suncatchers.
Make play dough with body wash.
Stamp thumbprints into a turtle craft.
Read I love you books.
Play in a beans and bugs sensory bin.
Play with corn and cookie cutters.
Make an olive thumbprint craft.
Pull out a cardboard box and play with pipe cleaners.
Play with magnets.
Frozen fans unite! Play with Frozen Snow sensory dough.
Make graham cracker tangrams.
Dye pumpkin seeds for play, learning, and crafts.
Craft sand art candle holders.
Make orange zest salt dough.
Make turkey pretzel rod treats.
Build a quick and easy light box.
Cook up some baked cotton balls for sensory and fine motor play.
Make a newt napkin craft.
Crafts for Aunts and Nieces and Nephews to Make TogetherBuild a castle with homemade cardboard blocks.
Have a little builder-fan? Make this backhoe craft.
Paint sugar cookies.
Have a fan of firetrucks? Make a firetruck craft.
Go to the library and grab some books. Do book inspired activities.
Tell nursery rhymes and make an Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe craft.
Make play dough with pop.
Play with shaving cream.
Plan an outdoor letter scavenger hunt (it's easy, promise!)
Have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan? Make this craft.
Play with rocks.
Make sensory Kool Aid Puffy Paint.
Slide down hills in cardboard cars.
Play with sticks and stones.
Build with styrofoam.
Create with sparkles and paint.
Visit a circus then make a circus craft.
Read Pete the Cat and make Four Groovy Buttons sandwiches.
Make circle art.
Thread beads on feathers.
Make dress-up rainbow beaded bracelets.
Paint snow (or ice in the summer time).
"Bake" play dough cupcakes.
Play with craft pom poms and recycled water bottles.
Explore nature in a water bin.
Create clay nature sculptures.
Play pretend Pizza Shop.
Stick magnetic letters on the garage door.
We hope you find a few (or a ton!) of ideas for creative play and memory building fun with our ideas. What kind of fun activities do you like to do with your nieces and nephews?
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