You became an aunt or uncle when your niece or nephew was born. It is an amazing new title that few people ever get to have, so you should count yourself really lucky. Plus, you get to know and hang out with this amazing little person who absolutely worships you; it doesn't get better than that!
However, for most people, this is just the beginning of their problems. Sure, your nephew or niece loves you. But you feel like to be worthy of that love, you have to be the coolest uncle or aunt they have. So you become the uncle/aunt who, in their eyes, never stops bringing the fun. Problem is, you are running out of ideas! And becoming that one-trick pony of an uncle or aunt- you know, the one with a thing- is completely out of the question! You do not want to be Uncle Jerry who talks about pickles or Aunt Janice who always sends pictures of her cats to the family WhatsApp group!
If you are in this predicament, don't worry. This article has been written just for you. Running out of fun things to do with your nephew? Well, here are 8 great ideas of some of the coolest stuff you can do with them!
Before we begin, though, you have to keep in mind that the most important thing to remember here is this: your nephew should always come first. Having a good understanding of their likes and dislikes will help you easily tailor any activity into something they are enthusiastic about, and in the process, make memories out of everything you do together.
That said, here are several fun things to do with your nephew:
1. Buy them gifts
Your nephew will definitely love getting spoilt with a few gifts every once in a while. Here are a few ideas of some of the things you can get for them:
- Clothes and shoes
Buying clothes and shoes for someone is a timeless way of showing how much you care about them. Plus, when you buy clothes for your nephew, their parents will also appreciate the gesture. So whether you have a baby nephew, an energetic toddler, or an older boy, you cannot go wrong with gifting clothes or shoes. Need inspiration? Here are a few clothes and shoes that your nephew will absolutely adore!
- Toys and games
Boys love toys and games! Go for dolls and plushies for younger boys and cars, trucks, legos, or even handheld gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch as they grow older.
Books are great gifts because they are the perfect way to pass time productively. Plus, they'll help your nephew flex his creativity and imagination, which is exactly what you want.
2. Go to the movies
This is another really fun thing to do with your nephew. As long as his parents give you the OK, you can take them to the movies and watch an age-appropriate film with them. Alternatively, since you can stream literally anything online these days, why not relive your own childhood by rewatching all the movies you loved as a kid with him?
3. Laser Tag
Need something a little more adrenaline-pumping? Well, this is it! Surprise your nephew by taking him to laser tag. It is a great way to have a wonderful time while also getting your work out on.
The competitive nature of laser tag also makes it perfect for teaching your nephew several essential life skills. They'll learn how to work as a team, how to think strategically, how to win with grace, and how not to be a sore loser. Plus, it is also an awesome bonding experience for both of you!
4. Do a science project
Science projects are another great way to bond with your nephew. The best part is that they do not even have to be part of school projects; you can simply do science experiments together for fun!
Science projects are a great way to introduce your nephew to the wonderful world of science. To get started, all you have to do is a quick Google search and collect all the materials you need for your experiments.
5. Teach him the jokes and magic tricks you knew as a kid
One of the best things about being an aunt or uncle is the fact that you get to teach your siblings' kids all the cool stuff you knew as a kid. If you are into magic or comedy, teach them all the cool magic tricks, riddles, and silly jokes you've collected over the years. This will make for the perfect bonding experience!
6. Build a blanket fort
If you have your nephew over at your place, start the evening off on a high note by building a blanket fort. It is a great way to have fun indoors. Bring all the bedsheets and blankets into the living room, then let your nephew help you build a fort out of the sheets, blankets, sofa cushions, and chairs.
When you are done, you can bring all the toys into the fort and watch your nephew have the time of his life camping indoors.
7. Play a board game
If your nephew is a little older, board games are the perfect way to have lots of fun and bond over something competitive. There are plenty of board games to choose from, from checkers to monopoly to Jenga.
Teaching your nephew how to play a board game is a wonderful experience for them. Plus, it will become a memory that will be associated with you for the rest of their lives. It is also a great way of teaching him important life skills such as patience and critical thinking.
8. Go for a walk
Sometimes, the simplest idea could also be lots of fun. Go for a walk with your nephew, collecting any unusual items you find, or discovering new places with nice views, or simply just strolling lazily as you catch up. They might end up remembering you more for what you talked about on your walks than for all the gifts you got them over the years.
Building a quality relationship with your nephew is important. As an uncle or aunt, you are, by default, also a mentor and someone they look up to. So while you try to be fun and cool, also remember to set a good example for them!