Spending the entire weekend with your kids? Why don't you do something together as a family? No, we're not suggesting that you go to the mall (even though that is probably everyone's idea of familial bonding these days). In fact, we don't want you to leave your house at all! Check out these five things you can do at home!

1. Watch family home videos together.

Dig up old footages of your kids singing or dancing in school as well as some of your own reels from the family home. It's a great way to show your children that you actually have a lot in common (and that includes dancing on the school stage wearing a United Nations costume!).

2. Take turns making "family history."

Are you the family titleholder for the making the highest house of cards? Challenge your kids to break your record (and win a prize and bragging rights in the process). Is kuya the best at shooting hoops? Get everyone to give him a run for his money. Before you know it, the day is over, and you'll have learned a lot of new things about each other.

3. Make origami

For one weekend, why don't you and your kids take on the Japanese art of folding paper? While it might take a while before you can create full-figured models, you can take pleasure in perfecting simple origami creations with your family.

4. Explore your backyard.


Kids don't spend enough nearly time outdoors. Instead of letting them play their video games or surf the Internet (again), invite them to be scientists for the day. Equip them with a magnifying glass plus a notebook and pen, and watch them learn to appreciate all the wonders of nature.

5. Trace the family tree.

Gather your old photo albums, and sift through them with your kids. Try to recall stories about an great uncle or aunt who did something remarkable for the family to give your children a better sense of where they came from. Make a few phone calls to your own parents, to distant relatives, and even schools and public libraries to see how far you can trace your lineage back.

(Photo from The Land of Nod by Rita Hirschy on Pinterest)

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