The average size of the American family has decreased significantly since 1960. But smaller families do not have to mean less tightly-knit.
When it comes to strengthening your home and family life, little will bring your family closer, faster, than quality family activities.
Getting out, playing together, learning a new skill, or simply spending focused time with your family can help your family grow closer. With this in mind, here are 5 unique family activities to draw your family closer together next time you have a family night.
Unique and Fun Family Activities
Sure, movie nights and pizza are always a safe bet when it comes to getting your family together. But making great memories and strengthening relationships is more likely to happen when you are interacting, instead of sharing a screen.
That being said, why not shoot for less predictable activities?
1. Create Your Own Fairytale
Especially if your family includes small children, creating and acting out your own story or fairytale is great fun.
In fact, one of the best ways small children remember things is by acting them out.
So, if there’s a story with a great message or theme you’d love them to remember, take turns acting out different characters. You can even get it on tape for future laughs.
Ok, so this family activity isn’t totally unique. Still, you may be surprised how infrequently modern families actually spend time together in the kitchen cooking their own meals.
Not only is it fun to try out new recipes, but it gives you and your family a chance to learn a new skill, talk, and enjoy some yummy treats.
3. Visit an Escape Room
This is a super fun way to get to know your family better. Visiting an escape room will totally break the mold of run-of-the-mill family activities.
Not only this, but you get to learn to work together, solve problems, listen to each other, and just have a lot of laughs.
4. Do Family History
Genealogy research, a.k.a. family history, used to be something only grandmas and librarians did.
Now, this fascinating hobby is growing at a crazy-rapid pace as individuals and families are doing more to learn about ancestors and find family stories.
This is a fun way to strengthen family bonds as you learn about your roots as a family, discover photos and old stories, and find common ground with ancestors.
5. Plant a Garden
Ok, this may be one of the best long-term family activities ever. It’s not a one-night-only bonding opportunity.
Not only is it fun to plan your garden, choose the plants and vegetables, and plant them together, but having a garden forces you to keep coming back for more quality time together as you tend it.
Get to know each other and open up opportunities for conversation as you tend and weed. Not to mention, there’s something innately satisfying about eating a meal you’ve grown yourselves.
More Life and Happiness Hacks
Now that you’ve got some unique ideas for family activities to strengthen those familial ties, why stop here?
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