4 Games to bond with your kids
It can be hard sometimes to reach a balance of games to play with your kids. Let’s face it, it can be hard sometimes to even make the time to play.
Daily play with parents and kids is a powerful tool in the relationship and understanding to build powerful bonds. Depending on the games, they can also be powerful teaching tools for parents. This play time allows parents to encouragingly reinforce the character traits that are best about their kids. It also allows parents to help encourage them to work on other skills. This is a good time to practice the 23 encouragement phrases for parents.
I also know as a parent myself that it is often just not feasible to be completely at the mercy of games they want to play. It can be difficult to come up with fun, challenging games that parents and kids can both enjoy.
For that, we have done the work for you! Here is a list of descriptions and videos of fun games to do at home, keeping the kids active, and working on important skills for growth! We have plenty more games ideas on top of these that you will see in our blog soon.
This first game is a great bonding game that is very simple to play, and requires no equipment at all. Quick hand will help kids work on patience, timing, and reflexes! Even better, this game can be played with all ages (even 2 year olds often get a kick out of it).
Simply hold your hand up to get a high five. The game is simply for one player to try to give a high five to the other, while the other is trying to wait and pull it out of the way before they can high five! You can also modify this with getting the child to jump or a variety of other activities!
The pass is essentially a slightly slower version of hot potato. The pass can also be scaled in difficulty from using two hands, to using one hand, to catching only between your wrists. It is essentially a short game of catch. In playing with older kids, you can add a challenge of not breaking eye contact while they catch, moving around between throws, or trying to catch palm down in one hand.
This can be a really fun game that can also be mixed with a clean up game when your done! “How fast do you think we can pick up this mess? Let’s time it and see. We can show respect to our home by cleaning up after we play!”
Paper break goes exactly how it sounds. Find some old papers, bills, newspapers, or whatever you have around that is going to go into trash or recycling. Hold a sheet or more up at a time as tight as you can and see if they can hit it and break it with their foot or their hands.
This game is great for coordination, family bonding, quickness, and accuracy. Bonus, it also helps satisfy that urge for the kids to destroy stuff, with the only mess being some torn papers that can still go in the recycling!
How many kids have you seen that don’t like balloons! I know there are a few but anything with balloons is often a hit with kids.
This game works on balance, hand eye coordination, and perseverance to keep trying!
The game works with one balloon, and a few things you can set up as ‘blocks’ or ‘balance obstacles’. Set up a short course using whatever you deem acceptable to stand on. They try to go through the course without touching the floor, while juggling a balloon. The only rules? Don’t touch the ground, don’t grab the balloon!
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- Gives you a fun game and thing to do with each other that is REAL human connection, we all know that always leads to good things!