Anyone with children will understand the value of spending quality time together as a family – and data suggest that millennial parents are seeking to do more of it. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to find an activity that’s suitable for everyone to enjoy.
Picking up new skills can be a great way to bring children and adults closer together, especially if everyone is starting from scratch. Learning together creates a sense of accomplishment that’s perfect for bonding, so here are a few great ideas.
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1. Learning a Language
The number of people learning foreign languages through teaching apps like Duolingo has skyrocketed ever since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and of course, there is always value in being able to communicate more flexibly with other people!
The proliferation of these apps makes it easier than ever to start learning together from the comfort of your own home. Most of them also take a ‘little bit, everyday’ approach so that you don’t have to get everyone together for a lot of time in one day, if you’re busy.
You and your kids can also help each other with practicing conversations to reinforce the lessons you’re being given.
2. Taking Up a Musical Instrument
Music is a terrific source of collaborative joy and learning to play something together can be incredibly rewarding. There are a few different options here – if you’re a parent who already knows how to play a particular instrument, you could use your knowledge to teach your children.
If you’re a complete musical novice, though, that’s fine as well. You could either all pick up the same instrument and help each other to get to grips with it, or you could all take up different instruments with the goal of coming together to play every part of a song that you all love.
3. Learning to Code
The ability to code is increasingly valuable for young people’s career prospects so, if your child has any interest in technology and how it works, this would be a great way to encourage it. You can find all kinds of learning tools designed to help kids to get their heads around programming that offer a variety of fun projects.
Putting together your heads and harnessing your children’s creativity to bring to life incredible ideas using the power of computing can be incredibly fulfilling.
4. Cooking and Baking
Another option that works well whether you’re an experienced cook or learning right alongside your child. You can easily get kids excited by making something together – especially with the promise of tasty treats to enjoy at the end of it. Find a recipe that you’re all excited to make and go through the steps together.
Gardening can be a fun way to bond with your kids and teach them about nature. Plus, it’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air.
If you have a backyard, you can start a garden together. If you don’t have much space, you can grow plants in pots on your balcony or porch. You can grow flowers, vegetables, or herbs.
Your family will get some exercise and enjoy nature while Hiking. You can explore different trails near your home or go on longer hikes in the mountains.
You can start with short hikes with young kids. As they get older, you can do longer and more challenging hikes.
Camping is another enjoyable family activity. Camping will provide your family with many enjoyable experiences.
You can camp in your own garden, a nearby campsite, or in the wilderness. If you camp in the wilderness, you can hike during the day and camp at night.
Exploring your town or neighborhood on a bike is a good idea. It’s also a fantastic workout. You can get bicycles for your children alone or for the entire family. They can bicycle to school or just around the neighborhood.
Birdwatching is a fun way to learn about different types of birds while spending time together outdoors. You can pick a spot in your backyard or at a local park. You can also go on hikes and look for birds.