Spending quality time with your family is essential to strengthen your bonds especially with the kids. Children need everyday bonding activities with their parents and siblings to develop skills and values that they will need to grow as happy and healthy adults.
Family bonding activities don’t need to be anything expensive or fancy. What’s important is that everyone has fun and creates good memories to look back on.
If you’re out of ideas for your next family bonding time, here 10 indoor and outdoor fun and budget-friendly activities to try.
Arts and Crafts
Children are very creative and imaginative, but these qualities need to be consistently honed to develop into adulthood. Doing arts and crafts with your kids is one of the best ways you help them practice and express their creative mind and spend quality time with them.
There is a multitude of arts and craft activities you can try, ranging from the most simple and least time-consuming to the most challenging and demanding. Some of the most fun and educational arts and crafts for family bonding are creating personalized board books for kids, tie-dyeing shirts, DIY decorations, and recycling arts and crafts.
Arts and crafts also provide a great opportunity to teach your kids patience, problem-solving skills, and resourcefulness. And kids can have tons of fun playing with colors and all sorts of nifty materials.
Many adults dread the thought of doing chores, but your kids don’t have to grow up that way. Teach them to enjoy doing chores by making a fun activity for the family. Children love to get involved in whatever their parents are doing, and most of all, they loved to be praised for doing a good job. Chores provide an opportunity for both.
Let the little ones help out when you’re cleaning the car, preparing a meal, washing the dishes, or simply returning things to their proper places. And show your appreciation by saying “Thank you,” “Nice job!,” and other words of praise.
Home decoration is one of the most fun chores to do with the kids. You let them help out pick the decor, colors, and whatnot all around the house.
Prepare the popcorn and your favorite family-oriented movies for a night in. You can build a blanket and pillow fort with the kids and settle in to start your movie night. This family bonding activity is ideal for Friday nights when the kids and you and your partner have the rest days on the weekend. Browse through Netflix or try this list of 100 best family movies.
A healthy dose of competition can be good for the family. Try a spontaneous game of trivia on the car ride to school, while waiting for your food order, or on a weekday evening.
You don’t have to prepare questions for this. Adapt to the situation, or ask anything under the sun. For example, when you’re driving to school, ask the kids to read and interpret the road sign you pass by, count the number of red lights you encounter, or name the landmarks in the area. Anything can be fun with a little healthy competition or an awesome reward, like this exciting Japanese candy box, at stake.
Let the family bundle up and wear their best walking shoes for a day in nature. Find a short trail in the local area where the family can hike in less than a day. You can bring finger foods, find a good spot to sit on, and enjoy a snack with everyone.
Taking a nature walk is a great way to let the family exercise and spend some quiet time together. And you can take this chance to teach the children about appreciating Mother Nature and taking care of the environment, which are things every child should start learning at a young age.
Reading from a young age has many proven benefits, including greater general knowledge, vocabulary, and reading fluency. It exercises the brain, builds concentration, and practices the imagination.
You can encourage your children to be avid readers first by making it a fun activity for them. Read with them at night before bedtime or in the day. Go on library visits, and let them join reading activities where they can immerse in colorful stories with other children their age. Provide every opportunity you can to show how enjoyable reading is as an activity.
A family is one of the most precious gifts every person can have, but not everyone is blessed with it. Cherish the loved ones you have, and spend quality time with them. With children, it’s even more important to do bonding activities, from childhood to their teenage years, to keep your relationship strong as you all get older. Later, their childhood memories and experiences will guide them as they become adults and have their own families.