Every moment together counts, so make the most of family time with these perfect ideas.
When the whole family is involved in planning fun activities, you'll have more opportunities to experience special moments. "Family glue" is what a professor calls those moments that connect your family and build deep, healthy relationships. "Spending time together as a family takes planning, but it's a good investment," Nelson says. "When children feel close to their parents, they try harder to please them and make them proud, which then makes the whole family stronger." It doesn't have to be complicated—with a little bit of effort, you can turn bonding into a lifetime of funny, sweet stories and lasting memories.
Plant a Family Garden
Encourage everyone to get their hands dirty by digging a patch to plant flowers or vegetables in the backyard. Tuck tender seedlings into the ground and watch them grow and blossom—like your kids are doing every day. As they witness green shoots turn into stunning plants, your whole family will gain a new respect for the natural world, all while learning patience and perseverance as you divvy up the tasks of keeping the garden weed-free, well-watered, and strong. And if someone squeals upon discovering a squirmy garden worm? That's a hilarious family moment for the scrapbook!
Host a Family Sports Event
You might not be the type to play family football in the yard but having a regular game time is a terrific opportunity to teach lessons about playing by the rules and losing—or winning—gracefully. Think about the sports that would benefit your family dynamic and the interests of all the kids. Does everyone like indoor or outdoor sports? Recreational or extreme sports? Consider trips to the baseball, mini golf course, soccer, or indoor climbing wall. Or try new and unfamiliar sports such as croquet and bocce. Even if no one is a fitness buff, any kind of physical activity, from a simple game of catch to a Frisbee toss to a walk around town, is fun, healthy, and the foundation of teamwork.
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Plan a Family Vacation Together
When our children are confined to home due to unexpected conditions, such as school closure due to an epidemic or bad weather, parents or caregivers may find it challenging to keep them engaged for the whole day. By making use of simple household items, you can still have a great time with your children indoors. Let's try the tips below and enjoy!
Take a Family Nature Walk
Getting out into nature offers a special kind of space for enjoying each other's company. Although research hasn't yet pinned down the science behind the benefits of fresh air, "natural settings seem to help calm down children (and everyone)," Nelson says. So as you stroll down a wooded trail, along a shoreline, or even through an urban park, breathe in, let your shoulders relax, and look around at the trees, the birds, the sky, and each other.
When our kids are confined to home due to unexpected conditions, such as school closure due to epidemic or bad weather, parents or caregivers may find it challenging to keep them engaged for the whole day. By making use of simple household items, you can still have a great time with your children indoors. Let's try the tips below and enjoy!
Does staying at home all day mean depriving them of physical activities for your children? With some creativity and adequate safety measures, your children may still move about freely. To enhance their coordination, you may place cushions or pillows on the floor to set up tunnels or obstacles for them to crawl over or through according to their motor abilities. Add a twist by incorporating additional commands such as “crawl twice then raise your hands”, “touch your head when you reach the sofa”, etc. You may also let them blow bubbles or make a contest for blowing and keeping the feathers in the air.
Children like to imitate others and are often born music lovers; playing games that appeal to these characteristics could help them to have more fun. For example, with your children's favorite music, take turns copying the actions or dance moves of each other. Or you and your children can imitate animal movements, such as walking like an elephant, crawling like a snake, wigging like a duck, etc. Children aged 3 or above may try more complex games, like playing catch or basket-shooting with scrap paper balls, scavenger hunt, etc.
Time for some quiet play after the vigorous activities. Apart from scribbling, coloring, and creating with play dough, you may work with your children to create storybooks or cards for family or friends using old newspapers or magazines; for preschoolers, you may have a go with origami. Gardening can be great fun for your children too. Provide your children with appropriate tools and guide them to the soil, and water and even add fertilizers to enjoy planting together; record the growth of plants together as well by drawing or other means. Don't limit your children's creativity with walls! Playhouse and other pretend to play such as camping indoors by setting up tents with bedsheets. You may exchange roles with your children to make it more fun.