Sibling rivalry is something that every parent of multiple children face every day. As much as you want to stop this competition and arguing for good, it’s part of the healthy development of siblings. Since you can’t stop sibling rivalry completely, we wanted to place emphasis on curbing this chaos.
Below you’ll find some of the best activities that help curb sibling rivalry so that you don’t have to listen to their insistent arguing. These activities will help inspire your siblings to learn how to appreciate each other, have fun together, and loosen up the reigns on being highly competitive with each other.
The Floor is Lava
The Floor is Lava is a fun game for 2 or more children to enjoy together. Your kids will have fun pretending that the floor is lava and they can’t touch it. They’ll jump from couch to chair, and whatever else they can find as they try to get their sibling to fall in the “lava”. The first sibling who falls into the lava, aka hits the floor, loses and they can start the game over again.
Have your kids gather all of the pillows in the house, clear out space in the home and let them play pillow sumo wrestlers. This fun game will require ample space, perhaps the backyard, to frolic around with pillow stuffed inside their shirts. Siblings will bump each other and wrestle as they try to get one another on the ground to win each found of pillow sumo.
Twister has been around since the 1960s. This game is a game that tests your body’s flexibility and ability to follow simple instructions. You’ll need to have at least 3 siblings to play this game, one being in charge of calling out where each child is to place their arm or leg on which color of the Twister board. The game continues until someone falls and then starts all over again.
Apple or Ball Roll
This activity to help curb sibling rivalry will require two siblings to work together to keep an apple or ball in between their bodies. Each pair of siblings will get one ball or apple that must be placed in between their bellies and they must stand close enough to keep the item there. They’ll need to walk from one spot to the final destination without dropping the ball or apple.
Create a fun kid-friendly playlist of music. The children will gather around in an area that’s wide open for them to dance freely while the parents are in charge of the music. During this freeze dance game, you’ll play music so that the kids start dancing and then pause the music every so often. Any kid who doesn’t freeze is “out” and the game continues until there’s one sibling left on the “dance floor”.
Each of these unique sibling activities will help encourage teamwork, healthy competition, and problem-solving skills. Utilizing these activities to curb sibling rivalry will help encourage a household that has more family togetherness, appreciation, and fewer argumentative episodes among siblings.