150+ Family Bonding Activities
Many parents involved in the sustainable community worry about their family bonding activities. How can we connect with our kids while living according to our earth-friendly values?
While we may think it's important to instill eco-consciousness in our children, it's even more important to wholeheartedly support our children's interests, facilitating for them and getting involved in their lives.
Because nothing is more sustainable than strong family connections, having fun with one another and making choices together that make the whole family feel good.
But sometimes we might feel disconnected from one another, or stuck in a rut. Maybe our family bonding activities don't feel all that bonding, or aren't even enjoyed by the whole family. Maybe they are too expensive or put too much focus on "stuff" versus connection.
That's why we created this list with our son of fun, inexpensive, and even eco-friendly family bonding activities that we wanted to share with you.
Use it as inspiration, to try new things or get yourself thinking outside the box, to find what your family might love to do.
Our Favorite Family Bonding Activities
The most important aspect of any family bonding activities is that it's not forced and it's something everyone is interested in trying.
If you're kids don't seem interested, that's okay! Just hang out with them doing what they love, whether it's TV (try muting during the commercials and discusing the show) or video games (learn how to play) or their favorite toy (follow their lead in how to play).
Here are some more ideas to get you started:
- Declare it a "Playing Hookie" day from anything work-related
- Hike your nearby national and state parks or trails
- Read together
- Storytell while you drive
- Start round robin storytelling - take turns adding to the story!
- Juggle! - This is a family favorite!
- Fish for your dinner
- Hula hoop - you can make your own hoops from scrap tubing
- Make a timeline up the stairs
- Backyard bird watch - find a used birding book on www.freecycle.com
- Play video games together
- Get good board games - find them for free or cheap at yard sales or Craigslist
- Play card games - we love Uno
- Start movie marathons - We like to play critic afterwards
- Compare the movies to books and find the differences
- Bike ride
- Watch funny videos together on YouTube
- Create recipes together
- Tag, hide-and-go-seek or Sardines, especially fun in large groups!
- Fly a kite
- Take cookies to a nursing home
- Organize a neighborhood cleanup
- Make a sincere offer to help them with chores or tasks
- Walk the dog (or cat!) together or going to the dog park
- Make meals for the homeless
- Play charades
- Build a solar oven from a box and aluminum foil
- Plant sunflower seeds and chart their growth
- Build an indoor fort
- Make a compost pile and look for worms
- Build a tree house
- Build a bike ramp
- Go to a pick-your-own farm
- Visit animals at the shelter
- Volunteer time at a nearby organic farm
- Prank call easy-going friends and family
- Make a tree swing
- Make bow and arrows from found objects
- Play 20 Questions
- Play I Spy
- Paint fun things on the walls in washable paints
- Play catch
- Throw a frisbee
- Start a lemonade stand
- Plant a veggie garden
- Go caroling together
- Check out the activity calendar at your local community center
- Show interest in and ask genuine questions of their interests
- Take a short road trip to nearby sights
- Organize a car wash
- Learn an instrument together
- Go indoor rock climbing
- Go to a game tournament together
- Make homemade toys together
- Plop down with snacks and hang out with them in front of the TV
- Make natural bird feeders from nutbutters, seeds and pinecones
- Play blindfold Pictionary games
- Find local concerts or movies in the park
- Build a snowman
- Build a snow fort
- Go ice skating
- Help them to drive down a dirt road or in an empty parking lot
- Learn to ski or snowboard together
- Organize a neighborhood snowball fight
- Hold an ethnic food sampling night
- Hold an ethnic candy sampling night
- Schedule an at-home Spa Night
- Ask them what they'd love to do together, then do it
- Play dress-up complete with crazy makeup
- Face paint each other's faces
- Try to guess the stories of people you see
- Play Rock, Paper, Scissor or Thumb Wars
- Teach them to play poker with nuts, popcorn and other snacks
- Head to the roller rink
- Ask them to teach you something they are good at, then stick to learning it from them
- Create paper airplanes then see which one flies the best
- Create a time capsule together
- Check your local museums or galleries for family free days
- Plan a camping trip
- Start a vacation fund and brainstorm fundraising ideas
- Make sock puppets and put on a puppet show
- Leave gifts at your neighbor's doorstep and hide to watch their response
- Get involved in local marches and political campaigns
- Drive out to the country and count satelites that pass by
- Plan to catch the next meteor shower
- Find a local foraging book and forage for wild food
- Leave your work at work
- Make funny home videos or stop motion videos to share
- Build a website together
- Make ornaments
- Plan breakfast in bed for the whole family to share
- Geocache or treasure map together!
- Learn magic tricks
- Invite them to jump on the trampoline
- Have a picnic in the park or even in the living room
- Start a pillow fight
- Build sand castles
- Build fairy or gnome houses out of wood, leaves acorns, etc
- Create a scavenger hunt
- Make mazes on paper or out of rocks outside
- Create a meditation spiral together
- Setup a puzzle on the table
- Google and play Zahada together
- Go to the zoo
- Make a trip to the library
- Scavenge a thrift store or antique store
- Start a scrapbook of your family bonding activities!
- Fingerpaint with soap paints on the windows
- Make homemade play dough
- Write letters or postcards
- Find a fun science experiment book to try
- Create a "My Life" scrapbook
- Go tide pooling or snorkeling
- Create an obstacle course
- Roast marshmallows (over a candle!)
- Have a Dance-Off and record it
- Surprise them with a water balloon fight
- Write your own list of your favorite family bonding activities!
- Start a foam dart gun fight
- Dress up and visit your local Ren Faire
- Organize a fancy tea party
- Read comic books then watch the movies
- Make your own comic books
- Make soap bubbles, then find different objects to use as bubble wands
- Have an epic Harry Potter wand fight
- Tell ghost stories with a flashlight
- Build LEGO together
- Start a water gun fight
- Build a rocket or water rocket
- Mix Mentos and diet soda
- Send a message in a bottle
- Share your family bonding activities with friends for group fun
- Collect beach glass and make a mosaic
- Whittle utensils, toys etc from found wood
- Make and decorate gingerbread houses
- Carve pumpkins together
- Count the satellites that pass in the night sky
- Bake and decorate a cake
- Raise backyard chickens or goats as pets
- Start an ant farm
- Hatch and release butterflies or praying mantis
- Start a new sustainable hobby, like organic soap or candle making
- Make holiday and birthday gifts for one another and other friends and family
- Share your favorite music
- Play with the family pet, or teach them new tricks together
- Race and dodge the waves on the beach
- Go sledding
- Bob for apples
- Check out Earth Day Crafts and Earth Day Activities
- Start a Nature journal for sketches, flower pressing, etc
- Discover the endless opportunities of sidewalk chalk
- Take your kids on an official date
Obviously this is just to get you started!
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Ready To Take More Sustainable Baby Steps?
There is nothing more sustainable than strong relationships and families. But along with family bonding activities, keeping them and your home healthy is important too.
When you're ready for a few more steps check out the articles below.
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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