There are so many different pressures on us today to fit so many tasks into such little time that spending time together as a family can sometimes fall to the sideline. It is important to prioritise what is important to you though and make sure to carve out time that you can spend as a family unit wherever possible. Here are five different activity ideas that you can do together as a family.
A way to get you all outside and enjoying nature is to go on a family bike ride. Riding your bikes outside is said to be great for your mental health, because it takes you away from the stresses of everyday life, as well as being an activity that is fun for all of the family. Aside from the benefits to your mental health, biking together is also great for your physical health too! Though, if you would prefer to completely relax and have a more enjoyable and easier time cycling, you could always ride a gas powered bicycle. By using a gas powered bike it means that you won’t be struggling to keep up with those kids who have endless energy and can really take in your surroundings as you travel.
One sure fire way to get the whole family involved is to add a little bit of competition. So why not organise a games night or even a whole day where family members compete for various prizes. The prizes don’t have to be anything fancy, it could be nothing more than bragging rights until the next game night. The types of games on offer can also vary, so if you have more little ones with bundles of energy you can make it more of an active challenge, whereas if you would prefer a more sedative pace then there is always the option of board games.
After a busy and stressful week one of the best ways to spend time together as a family and relax is to host a movie night. This is something that can be as simple as all curling up to watch the chosen film, or you can add a few extras. To make it a more special event without having the expense of going to the cinema, you can create your own snack stand with different treats available. And, if there is a difference of opinion as to which film should be the one you watch, hold a vote in the week leading up to the movie night and announce the result just before you all sit down.
One way that you can spend time together and use it as a learning experience is to bake or cook together. This is a great way to expand upon their maths skills as well as pass along any family recipes and ensure that when your children are living alone they will be able to create something edible. There is also the added benefit of having that sense of accomplishment and being able to sit down and eat your creation when you have finished.
Another fun activity that you can do as a family and use as a learning experience is to garden together. This can be done indoors or outdoors, depending on the season and the space that you have available to you. Gardening is an activity that you can be involved in no matter what your age, although if you are doing it outside, you may need to be aware of the fact that it can be difficult for older family members to kneel down for long periods of time.
There are so many different ways that you can have fun as a family and just spend time together, that there is an activity for everyone. It is so important to have that time together, as it is the days that are out of the ordinary that you will remember as you grow up. Whether you decide to make it a weekly event where you hold a film or games night or it’s a one off baking session, you will find something different to keep everyone entertained.