Families that come together and share positive experiences build strong family relationships. They cultivate a strong family bond by experiencing positive emotions and uniting through common experiences. Here are some easy to implement ideas to help families with children of all ages to develop relationships, build communication and make lasting memories.
Strong family bonds are built through a combination of love and dependability. Whether a biological or “chosen” connection, this bond occurs when you know someone cares deeply enough to purposely and actively be in your life.Candace Smith Etiquette
AROUND THE TABLE
- If you could make up a brand new school subject, what would it be?
- Can you remember a time when you laughed so hard you snorted?
- Make up a new holiday.
- What is your favorite letter of the alphabet? Why?
- If someone gave you $50 dollars what would you do with it?
- Would you rather eat your least favorite vegetable or have extra homework?
- If you could do one thing, every day, for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- Once you lie down in bed, how long does it take you to fall asleep?
- If you had a robot for one day what would you ask it to do?
- What is your favorite thing about yourself?
- How do you make friends?
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Listen to Audio Book or Old Radio Program & Start a Discussion
Print out some detailed coloring pages, Grab some crayons, colored pencils and spend time around the table listening to an Old Time Radio program (download) or Old Radio Show (streaming). It takes a minute to get “into the story”, tell your kids to listen for at least 10 minutes…they might just like it.
After the program is done, talk about the differences between today’s television shows and the audio shows ‘way-back-when’.
There are mysteries, comedies, classics…even science fiction to listen to online. Our family had more fun analyzing character development, talking about the difference in what we imagined. We listened to several programs before we found one we listening to all the way through. It was a unique memory building exercise.
Outside in your Own Backyard
15 Things to Do This Summer in Your Own Backyard
- Play on the swing set.
- Sit around a fire.
- Watch a movie.
- Swim in the pool.
- Plant a garden.
- Splash in the water table.
- Read in the sun.
- Get creative with sidewalk chalk. (don’t have some? Make some!)
- Have a picnic.
- Build sand castles.
- Construct a fairy garden.
- Install a tire swing.
- Grill out with the entire family.
- Camp out.
Activities that Require a bit of preparation
Go ALL OUT with these ideas. They are time consuming, creative building and can make lasting memories.
Make your own sidewalk chalk and draw a roadway or land for your toys to ‘live in’
- For each color you will need a separate cup.
- Fill each cup with 3/4 cup of water.
- Add 1/4 cup of paint.
- Add 1 cup of Plaster of Paris. *don’t have plaster of paris see below for chalk paint!
- Mix well.
- Pour mixture into molds (I cleaned up the edges with a paper towel)
- If you want to layer colors just pour the first color in and add the second or third on top (see picture below – don’t mix them)
- Let dry for 24 hours. Remove them from the mold (be careful because they are still soft and you need to carefully pop them out). Let them dry …
- Presto – your own homemade sidewalk chalk!!!! So fun!!
Make your own sidewalk paint –
- Mix equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. I used about 1/2 cup each baking soda and cornstarch for each bottle.
- Pour water in to cover the baking soda and cornstarch mixture …
- Add food coloring to the desired shade into each container. Shake the container to mix up …
Grab an old paintbrush and create your own world
Screen- Free Tips. A Collection of Screen-Free Activities and Resources to help you with your children and students to create a healthy relationship with the digital world and childhood. All pins will share ideas for unplugging and with tips for creating time away from those digital distractions. Visit the Pinterest Boards to LOAD UP on ideas – then turn off the screens and see what happens! https://www.pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/screen-free-activities-and-resources/
1. Build new creations together with all your leftover Legos.
2. Spend time creating holiday cards to mail to others.
3. Bake a new cookie recipe.
4. Get out the craft glue and scissors, and make your own calendar for the rest of the year.
5. Film a video singing karaoke to your favorite tunes.
6. Make finger puppets.
7. Go crazy with the spirograph.
8. Host your own puppet show.
9. Write your own holiday storybook.
10. Have a treasure hunt.
11. Use Foil to build a sculpture, then take it outside and draw the shadows with chalk in a comic book style format.
12. Ride Bikes, scooters or skateboards.
SCREEN FRIENDLY FAMILY TIME
Educational and entertaining, and family building CAN happen on the screen! Here are some great ideas:
Virtual Field Trips. Plug your phone/laptop into the biggest screen you have and enjoy a virtual field trip as a family!