Quality Time Activities

Most of us would like to spend more time with our kids; but with all the demands on our time- school, work, friends, after-school activities- it may seem like we're constantly driving from activity to activity with no real time to connect with our loved ones.

Each month, the Family Focus section will feature a new activity that you can try out with your kids. These activities are designed to encourage you to spend quality time with your kids and to open up the lines of communication. The activities will also help to reinforce those important character traits and build your child's self-esteem.

September Activity - Musical Apple Shakers


  • Two Small Paper Plates

  • Green or Red Paint

  • Green Construction Paper Cut into Leaf Shapes

  • Dry Beans or Dry Pasta (macaroni, or another smaller sized pasta works best)

  • Stapler and Staples



  • Paint the bottoms of the paper plates green or red. Let dry.

  • Use a stapler to attach the plates together, painted side out to make your apple. Leave 3″ open at the top.

  • Use a spoon to add about 1 tablespoon of dry beans or pasta into the apple.

  • Staple closed.

  • Glue a leaf to the top of the apple.

Source: https://www.simplykinder.com/apple-art/