Being a parent to one child has its difficult moments, but being a parent to two is a different animal altogether (don’t even get us started on being a parent to 3, 4, 5, or even more!). And while parenting multiples is wonderful, it can get very, very tiresome. However, it’s also immensely rewarding. For example, the kids can play by themselves independently, which doesn’t only help strengthen their relationships, but it also gives their parents a little bit of well-deserved rest.
We came up with 5 sibling-bonding activities that can be adapted for children of different ages and keep them busy at least until you can finish your cup of tea (or G&T 😉) in peace.
1. The floor is lava
You’re probably already familiar with this one, but the main goal of this game is that the player avoids touching the floor, pretending it’s lava. Let the kids jump from pillow to pillow, climb on the couch, or use any other prop and pretend it’s a safe spot. This game will definitely help your children blow off some steam so you don’t erupt (pun intended).
2. Name, place, animal, thing
Pick up a random letter in the alphabet – just ask one of your kids to pick a random number between 1-26. After the letter has been picked, they need to write down a country, object, animals, food, name, colour, etc., starting with that letter and in a limited amount of time. This game will not only make the time pass faster, it’s educational as well!
3. Reading a book together
There are few things more heartwarming than when you find your children cuddled up together reading a book. Our personalized siblings’ books have helped countless siblings around the world form strong, lifelong bonds through the joy of reading. With three different personalized books for siblings for your terrific twosome (twins included) or our personalized children’s book for your tremendous trio, you’ll be able to find just the right fit for what you’re looking for! What better way for them to bond than through the various adventures hidden on those pages.
4. Treasure hunt
No matter the weather (it can be played both indoors or outdoors), this game is great for teamwork! Children take turns hiding different clues around the house, all pointing to the treasure! Need some inspiration with the clues? We got you covered. Check out some cool tips and tricks here. It can be something like a sweet treat, a special toy, you name it, just let your imagination run wild!
5. Mad libs
So this one never gets boring, and it’s also extremely funny! If you don’t know what Mad Libs are (what planet are you from, anyways??) it’s a word game where one player prompts the others for a list of words to fill in the blanks in a short story before reading the whole thing out loud. You can find templates for it online, and it’s also a creative way for kids to learn the difference between nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc.
So there you go – 5 sibling-bonding activities which will not only bring them closer together but also make the time pass faster (especially during quarantine). Let us know which activity is a favourite in your family in the comments. 😊