Family Play Time is Important—7 Fun Ways to Get Started

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We all know that it’s important to spend time together having fun as a family, but do you know how to have family play time? If you are scratching your head for ideas, consider these suggestions for ways you can jump-start fun time together.

Game night

Getting together to play a game is an excellent idea for family play time. Let’s make it clear though that when we say game night, it’s offline, playing face-to-face. Some examples of more “analogue” (that is, not using a computer, tablet, or phone) games include:

  • Board games
  • Puzzles
  • Cards

When selecting a game, give your kids the option of picking which game the family will be playing. You can shift this responsibility to a different child each time you play so that everyone gets a chance to make a selection. Consider having a game night once a week and scheduling that night into the family calendar.

In addition to the traditional family games such as Monopoly, which are quite competitive, you might want to consider collaborative alternatives such as Pandemic, where everyone works towards a common goal and wins or loses together. If you have a favourite family game, why not share it in the comments?

Sports day

Along with scheduling a game night once a week, why not have a regularly scheduled time when the family plays a sport together. Having a family sports day can accomplish several goals, such as:

  • Getting the entire family physically active.
  • Teaching competition and fair play.
  • Passing on a sport you are knowledgeable about to your children.

Having a family sports day provides another opportunity for the family to work together as a team, as smaller groups playing against one another, or as individuals. Playing in this way helps build bonds and will provide a lot of happy memories for the future. Remember, though, that it isn’t a World Cup competition. Keep the play fun and lighthearted, not overly competitive.

Exploring outdoors

Why not go on an adventure together? It could be a hike in the woods or a visit to the zoo. These adventures are an excellent way for families to have fun and grow closer together as they take part in a shared activity. Plus, it’s great to get outside and explore!

Create art together

Another idea to have fun as a family is by creating art projects together. For example:

  • Creating art to celebrate a holiday
  • Designing homemade cards for a birthday
  • Drawing or painting art that can hang in your house

You can also play music together, act out skits, the sky really is the limit when it comes to family creativity. Keep a room in the house stocked with art and craft supplies for whenever you want to get creative!

Read together

Reading together is a simple way for families to have fun together, yet everyone still gets to do something they want to do. You can designate an hour or so for everyone to read from their favourite book, then each family member shares what they are reading. Try to keep the reading offline,  reading from a storybook.

Create science together

Do you have a budding scientist in your family? You can nurture their interest by doing science projects together. There are plenty of companies that have monthly science project subscriptions. A quick internet search will also reveal videos of experiments that you can do together as well.

Cook together

Make cooking fun and exciting by preparing a meal together as a family. Get your kids actively involved with the cooking process, whether that be cutting vegetables, mixing ingredients, or stirring the pot. Cooking is not just fun, and it is also an important life skill that you can begin teaching them early in their lives.

Having fun together doesn’t have to be complicated. You can get started by trying something new. If that doesn’t work, move on to the next idea. You’ll find that you will not only have fun, you’ll also grow closer as a family. Remember that it’s fun times spent together that form the bonds that make families strong, and that make the memories you and your family will treasure for the rest of your lives.

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