10 Family Activities that Encourage Unity
Families that play together stay together, or at least find that the quality of family communication is enhanced. You gain a stronger sense of unity by doing fun things together, which makes it a little easier to communicate during the tough times.
However, encouraging your family to spend time together can be quite a challenge. You’re up against social anxieties and pressures, school and extracurricular activities, and work responsibilities. The key is setting fair rules and expectations that still take into consideration your children’s freedom and independence, as well as your own needs for time to yourself.
We've come up with a list of family activities that you can do relatively cheaply and without much planning. Give them a try and see which ones work best for your family.
10 Fun Family Activities
- Does one of your children have a looming school project that’s bogging his or her schedule down? Get the entire family to pitch in with their creative input and make a day/evening project out of it.
- If your children are still young enough to appreciate a good treasure hunt, hide items from around the house, inside and outside, and create a treasure map and clues. Then, split into teams to see who can finish first.
- Take a day trip to a local museum or historical monument and engage your family’s intellectual curiosity without burning a hole in your pockets.
- Camp out in the back yard for a full night of outdoor activities on the fly. No extra planning, booking, or reserving involved.
- Check out the free trails at a nearby state park.
- Build your own art using items from around the house, then take turns displaying for the whole family.
- Cook a meal together. This is not only fun, it also gives you the opportunity to teach your kids important life skills.
- Sign up for a free or low-cost family art workshop at a local museum or local cultural center that provides hands-on activities.
- Volunteer at a charity event that the kids can be involved in and still have fun. For example, a walk for cancer or book fair at the school that will engage your child with valuable learning experiences and also provide food and fun activities as part of the event.
- Don’t be afraid of spontaneity! If it rains, have a water fight. If it snows, build snow sculptures or have a snowball fight.
The key to good family communication is trust, and having fun as a family helps to build it. Trust is your best friend when it comes to creating an environment that fosters open communication.
Spending quality time with your family will also help you hone your parenting skills and teach your children important lessons in building healthy relationships. And the stronger bond you're building will help all of you withstand life's ups and downs together.
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