During the summer months, all the kids are at home and spending a lot more time together than they do during the rest of the year. If your kids tend to fight a lot, or maybe don’t have a close bond, then use this summer as an opportunity to help them grow closer! I have put together some fun activities to strengthen sibling relationships and help them grow closer over the summer!
Allow your kids to get messy
Building homemade slime, playing in the mud, and other messy activities are a great way for your kids to play together. I can’t really explain it, but there is just something about a messy activity that brings kids closer together! If you are going to let your kids make a mess, make sure they do it outside or that they clean it up as soon as they’re done.
Take a vacation with just the family.
Family vacations are a great way to strengthen sibling relationships! Whether it’s a trip to the beach or just a day trip to a water park, your kids will start to bond! When they can’t just run to a friend’s house or mom and dad are busy, you will find that your kids will start playing with each other more!
Play competitive games against mom and dad
Instead of having them compete against each other, have them play against you! Whether you’re playing a game of tag or basketball, play competitive games with your kids! Situations, where they are forced to work together on something, can be a great way to strengthen their sibling bond! Whether they win or lose the game, they will still have a lot of fun.
Build a fort
If you have older siblings, consider having them build a fort in the backyard. If you still have little ones, maybe stick to a blanket fort in the house. Regardless of the type of fort, building a fort is a fun way for your kids to bond. Working on a project together is a great way to help them communicate more with each other and accomplish something awesome.
Encourage family time
Family game nights or even family movie nights are a great way to help strengthen your sibling relationships. A note about family time should be to make sure that you don’t interrupt “happy play” between your kids. If they are just starting to bond, maybe play another round of UNO or find a way to keep it going just a while longer.
Put them in charge of a project
This is one of my favorite ways to get my kids to work together! When they are in charge of something, they will not only learn how to work together but about the responsibility of being in charge of something!
Use summer break as a chance to allow your children to strengthen their relationship and grow closer as siblings! These activities will help them not only strengthen their sibling bond but make memories that will last a lifetime.