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It’s so important to spend time with your children. Kids are at this vital part of their life where they need to be shown love, time, patience, and how to interact together during family time. That’s why you can’t put a high enough value on time spent together. But truthfully? Time together doesn’t have to require any extensive planning at all– with a few things you probably already have around the house, you can take time to unplug and enjoy bonding time together. Here are some of my favorite ideas for spending time with your children (without leaving the house!)
1. Build a new LEGO set. Or use a creative case and create something really new and exciting.
2. Crank the music and have a dance party!
3. Do a trivia quiz about yourselves and see just how well you really know each other.
4. Watch a movie– either rent a new one or enjoy an old favorite!
5. Cook together. Nothing beats trying out a fun recipe together.
6. Grab some beads or coins and a cup. Try to toss the beads or coins into the cup. Whoever scores the most, wins!
7. Have a squirt gun fight or water balloon fight.
8. Take turns telling silly jokes.
9. Build a blanket fort.
10. Tell scary stories. Or silly stories. Or just any stories.
11. Have “unlimited storytime” night and don’t worry about bedtime– read until you’ve read as many books as you want together.
13. Repaint a bedroom, rearrange furniture, or redecorate.
14. Shoot hoops or kick the ball around.
15. Play tag.
16. Watch some yoga videos online and try some new moves.
17. Learn to fingerspell your names in sign language.
18. See who can spin in circles the longest without falling over.
19. Try tree climbing.
20. Look at the clouds and see what shapes you can find.
21. Find out what constellations are overhead this season in your area and look for them.
22. Create your own board game with your own rules.
23. Interview each other about your favorite things and write down the answers in a special journal.
24. Have a karaoke contest (there are TONS of karaoke videos on youtube).
25. Dye eggs. It doesn’t even need to be Easter. Dye them any time of year.
26. Have a fashion show. Look through closets and create some fun new outfits.
27. Make bubbles. Then blow them.
28. Make chalk outlines of each other on the side walk, then decorate them.
29. Write a list of things you like about each other. Exchange lists to read and save when you’re done.
30. Use recyclables to build a city, a train, a zoo, an art project.
31. Take silly online quizzes and compare your results. Or, take a serious personality test like the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and see how you fit together.
32. Have a staring contest. See who cracks first.
33. Hold a family talent show. Award prizes for all kinds of things from best in show to best silly socks.
34. Find a science experiment to try using materials you already have (classic baking soda volcano, anyone?)
35. Have a scavenger hunt around your house, or play hide and seek.
36. Paint. Paint with fingers. Paint with marbles. Paint with spaghetti. Paint with something.
37. Make shadow figures on the wall using a flashlight.
38. Use old mismatched socks to make sock puppets. Put on a show.
39. Play a board game you already love, but make up new rules to it before you start.
40. Look up what your names mean. Did you know the name meaning before you picked that name for your child?
41. Build a bug terrarium using a mason jar, some rocks, moss, and other small plants.
42. Make a sun catcher using contact paper and tissue paper.
43. Play a favorite video game together on multiplayer (or pull out some old-school games like Mario!)
44. Have a pillow fight!
45. Look through old photo albums or watch home videos.
46. Play hopscotch.
47. Dance in the rain and splash in puddles.
48. Write silly song lyrics together and make up a tune for them. Sing it LOUD!
49. Talk about the importance of family and why you like spending time with your child.
50. Have an indoor race around chairs and over couch cushions!
Whether you’re enjoying a competitive activity or a non-competitive one (like movie-watching), you can definitely compliment your bonding time with some EDY’s® Frozen Custard. I like to use it as a fun prize for everyone involved– you won the water balloon fight? Frozen Custard all around!
One of the things that I love about EDY’s® Frozen Custard is that there’s really a flavor for everyone– Zach loves Old Fashioned Vanilla, which is the simple, sweet vanilla flavor we love from Edy’s®, but in a new frozen custard.
If you haven’t tried frozen custard before, it’s a lot like ice cream’s creamier cousin. And I feel super comfortable with Zach having a little of it because it’s got no artificial colors or flavors, and it’s made with fresh milk. Plus, we can’t get enough of how creamy it is! Of course, I’m partial to the Peanut Butter Pie flavor, which has ribbons of peanut butter swirl and chunks of chocolate cookie pieces in it.
We picked up our EDY’s® Frozen Custard during our weekly Walmart run, meaning we had it on hand for our bonding activities later in the week! It’s the perfect treat while assembling a puzzle and watching a movie.
There’s just something special about time spent together with your child. Whether you’re working on one-on-one time or getting the whole family involved, you can’t beat that bonding time. Every child needs that connection and time! (Especially if that time ends in cuddles, tickles, and tons of giggles).
I’m so glad Zach and I have the bond and relationship that we do. There’s just something special about it, and I feel like so much of that is because we take time out to bond. So often, though, there’s pressure to get out of the house– go to the park, go to the aquarium, go to the museum– but really, some of our best bonding happens at home.
Whether we’re having a pillow fight, playing tag, or chowing down on EDY’s® Frozen Custard, we’re able to enjoy that time together, and that’s what he’s going to remember as he gets older.
I want to know how you like to spend time with your child, so let me know in the comments below!
And pro tip, you can totally use a glass as a cone holder while you belt your song in karaoke, take your turn around the game board, or win the staring contest! No fancy cone holder needed.
If you want to taste EDY’s® Frozen Custard, you’re in luck– Walmart is having a demo at select stores between March 26 and March 29 so you can try it yourself! You can check this list to see when it’ll be available for demo at your local Walmart store.
You can find out more about Edy’s® on the Walmart website (and check to see if it’s at your local store yet or if it’s coming soon), or you can find Edy’s® on Facebook and Pinterest! What totally pinnable idea do you love from Edy’s®, and which bonding idea above are you anxious to try? Let me know!