Winter break is a great time for kids to have a breather from school time, but it can be incredibly nice for families to be able to spend some time together and improve their bond. However, the winter break weather and events can make it seem more difficult to figure out the best ways to spend time with your family or some activities that can encourage bonding.
There are so many different activity options that your family can try this winter break regardless of your family size and ages as well as what each person likes to do during their time. Here are some winter break activities for family bonding to help give you some ideas to start with.
Let Creativity Shine
Do you have any art supplies or miscellaneous items lying around at home being unused? Take some time together as a family to get your creativity going. You can create art with traditional art supplies such as coloring, painting, and drawing; or get even more creative and make some science experiments or crafts with other supplies around the house. There are tons of crafts and experiments you can do with ordinary house supplies that kids of all ages would love.
Movies are an easy way to spend time together in an activity much of the family will enjoy. You can vote on what movie to watch, spend time making the snacks and popcorn or other parts of the movie night together, and then settle down together to watch whatever you choose. Families can even expand on this idea by making a specific day a whole movie day such as watching marathons of movies or a series of movies together for the day with breaks in between for games.
Especially at the beginning of winter break time, it’s been a while since you and your family have been able to fully sit down and talk together as a group or in smaller groups. Take some time out of the day to talk with your children one on one about how they’re doing, how school is, and anything else as well as speaking together as a whole family. It’s incredibly helpful for bonding and better communication overall with families to avoid future conflicts.
Reading is incredibly important to develop in children, preventing learning slide during breaks from school, and increasing communication skills or bonding in a family. You can choose to spend some time each day or on some days reading together as a family in many different formats. Parents could read to children, you could pass around a book to read out loud taking turns, everyone sitting together reading their books to themselves, and so on.
If your family tends to slip on eating together during meals when break times occur, you might want to try to make it a more emphasized occurrence. Eating together is a great way to spend some time communicating, enjoying good food, and planning the break as a family unit. You can also include your kids in making or choosing meals for the family to make this a bit more fun and interactive option.
While these are not the only activities and ideas you could have for winter break with your loved ones and children in mind, it’s a good list that can help you to figure out alterations or starting points for what you plan to do with your family this break. Winter break is harder to get outside for due to colder weather, so most people don’t realize the possibilities of what can be done for bonding time together. Whether you choose to stay indoors or get outside during winter break, these family bonding activities can help you get some ideas and plans going to make sure you spend quality time with your loved ones this break season.