Family Fun Ideas
Family bonding is essential for the developmental growth of children. It does not only encourage stronger relationships, but it helps develop language. Research has indicated that positive parent-child interactions benefits children’s social, cognitive and language development. According to Mary Ainsworth, children who are engaged in a secure parent-child relationship are more likely to be independent, emotionally stable, and have trust. Some activities that foster family bonding include going on vacation, museum weekends, and going to the zoo. Family bonding can also include simple family activities that can be done at home. Playing ball, baking, making crafts, and playing board games are all easy ways to enjoy time together. The main goal/idea is to bond and interact with your children.
Some ideas that can increase family bonding time include making slime or going on a scavenger hunt.
Making slime is a fun and interactive way to talk to your children. You can ask open-ended questions that can develop their critical thinking skills. As questions such as: How does it feel? What do you think will happen next?
Making slime can be done with stuff at home…
½ cup of glue (clear or regular)
1 teaspoon of Borax or liquid starch
2 measuring cups
2 medium bowls
Add food coloring or glitter if desired. Tip: Add food coloring directly to the water.
- First, start by pouring 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of Borax into a bowl. Mix together until dissolved.
- Next, mix ½ cup of glue and ½ cup of water into the other bowl.
- Add the water and borax mixture little by little into the bowl with the glue.
- The mixture should start thickening.
- Knead it together until you get a slimy texture. It should ooze freely without sticking to your hands too much.
Scavenger Hunt Game at the Zoo
List your favorite animals onto a list before going to the zoo. This offers a great opportunity to ask children about their favorite animals. Such questions may arise such as what sound does that animal make? What do they eat?
Whatever activity you choose, enjoy and cherish this time with your children. Stay relaxed, smile lots, and truly get to know them.
By: Marbel Torres, CSULA Intern