Fun is ambiguous don’t you think? One person’s fun is another person’s special agony (I’ve heard there are people who really enjoy cleaning the oven—never met one, just heard), but most of us find that there’s nothing quite as fun as giving our brain a workout. And brains get a workout when we’re doing anything that's physically, intellectually or emotionally challenging.
So here's a collection of things-to-do that work your brain at any age—with links to books to cement, inspire and connect that wonderful work.
1. Climb a tree—and read a book in its branches. The Promise
2. Try out an instrument—recorder, harmonica, drums, guitar, violin. Playing From the Heart
7. Come up with a personal list of human rights—the things you really feel strongly about. 5 books to connect us all
8. Write a letter to a politician—about one of your human rights perhaps. Dreams of Freedom
9. Talk about peacemakers—especially if you're having trouble being one yourself. Peaceful Heroes
10. Draw—fingerprint art, pencil, paint, stick and dirt. I Am Henry Finch
11. Write something—spoonerisms, limericks, prose. Rip The Page
13. Play board games—or card games, monopoly if you’re brave. Timeline
14. Take a photo—make something everyday extraordinary. A Cool Drink of Water
15. Make a gift—for someone who might be overlooked. Sophie's Masterpiece
16. Grow something—herbs, veggies, crystals. The Gardener
17. Sing—an old favourite, opera, nursery rhymes. We're Going on a Bear Hunt
18. Find a family member older than you and extract a story—about their childhood, their marriage, their career, their travels. The Matchbox Diary
19. Learn about extraordinary lives happening now—refugees, inventors, artists, politicians. Flight
20. Visit a gallery—modern art, private exhibit, a museum. The Museum
And most of all, tell stories! Stories help to solidify and cement the workout we’ve given our brains. They’re like a rest day for a weight lifter and they give us ideas for our next workout, rather like a personal trainer. They connect us to generations gone before and to the possibilities that are to come.