Spending quality time with your kids is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Quality is the key. Studies show that when parents are active and involved in their kids’ lives, both parents and kids are happier. Perform activities that will keep both you and your kids engaged. Doing so will build a stronger bond. Here is a list of quality, fun activities to do with kids.
Take Your Kids to the Park
Not only will taking your kids to the park build a stronger bond between you, but it also encourages fitness and healthy activity. Don’t just be an observer, be involved. Chase them around the monkey bars, or toss the football around. I started taking my boys to the park at a very early age. At first it was pushing them on the swings and now that they are older we play some father-son football or basketball.
Have a One on One Date With Your Kids
It’s important for each parent to build a separate relationship with each of their children. This is especially true in big families. Each month, have a one on one date with your kids. Take them to get ice cream or take them for a walk in the park. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s just the two of you.
Complete a Project With Your Kids
This can be anything from a puzzle to a dollhouse. Pick something unique that you can do with each of your kids and spend one on one time with them creating it. Encourage them to take the lead and become the guide. When the project is complete, they will always remember the time they built something with their dad. A few years ago, my kids were big into wrestling. Every time we went to the toy store they wanted the latest and greatest championship belt. Instead, we got some old cardboard, sheets, glue and glitter and we made our own. They weren’t as flashy as store versions but they love those belts to this day because we built them together.
Here are some projects that would be fun activities you can do with your kids.
-Construct a model car (Michaels and Toys R Us has a great selection).
-Build a dollhouse (Custom or Kits)
-Put together a puzzle of a kid’s favorite character or movie.
-Create a costume or mask.
Hold a ‘Teach Me’ Night With Your Kids
Have each of your kids prepare and present to the family a 5 minute presentation on how to do something that they enjoy and are good at. It can be anything from how to properly comb a doll’s hair to how to dribble a basketball. It doesn’t matter how simple or how small. If your kid feels discouraged by this and doesn’t know what to teach, encourage them to learn something they are interested in, and then teach. Studies show that when learning something with the intention of teaching it, retention of the knowledge is strengthened.
Read With Your Kids
Designate some time each day to read with your kids. If they are able to read, take turns reading a page at a time. Not only will this help strengthening the bond between you and your kids but studies show that kids who are read to from an early age excel in other areas. These include faring better in formal education, increased communication skills, and improved logical thinking.
Have a Scavenger/Treasure Hunt With Your Kids
Kids love scavenger hunts. Especially when there is a prize at the end. You can either have them figure out the clues themselves or do it all together. If your kids are young enough, pretend (maybe even dress up) to be a pirate looking for lost treasure and you need their help. In exchange you’ll give them half the treasure. Create a simple treasure map and clues that all of you can figure out together.
If you want to add a bit more adventure and reality to your hunt try Geocaching. According to Geocaching.com:
“Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”
It’s a free service that allows participants to search for real life treasures. In most cases when you find the treasure, you have to leave it there. In other cases, you can take part of the treasure but you have to leave something in exchange. For more information, visit http://www.geocaching.com/.
Other Fun Activities To Do With Kids
Create a Story
Make Homemade Pizza
There are plenty of fun activities you can do with your kids. Make sure the activities allow you to spend quality time with each other. Doing so will build a stronger bond. What activities do you do with your kids? Comment below.