5 Bonding Activities to Do with Your Child After School

How to get closer with your little one.

By: Carolina King
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Mother teaching daughter with an electronic piano

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Spending time with your children is one of the best gifts you can give them, so incorporating bonding activities into your after-school schedule is a great way to nurture your child and build a stronger connection.

Even if all you have is 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to give to your little one in a day, it’s worth it. So, put your phone away, remove yourself from any other distractions and be present with one of your favorite people.

5 Simple Bonding Activities:

Read a Book Together

Let your child pick a book they love and read it together. For extra snuggles, jump into bed while reading the book, even if it’s not bedtime. After you’re done reading a book, use this time to ask your child about their day in school. They will be more eager to share when they feel connected to you.

Make a Simple Craft or Complete an Activity

Making a craft or doing an activity is a fun way to connect with your child. It can be as simple as coloring together, making a sensory bag or turning a shipping box into a spaceship.

Tip: Next time you find yourself at a craft store, stock up on discounted activity kits for those days when you don’t feel like thinking of a craft to make.

Go on a Walk Around the Neighborhood

Take a walk around your neighborhood or a park. This is a great time to breathe fresh air and take a little break from life. If you have preschoolers, make the walk a little more exciting for them by pointing out all the nature around you or by picking up leaves, sticks and flowers for your next craft project.

Dance

Dance like nobody's watching! Put on your child’s favorite tune and dance away. The sillier you dance, the better! If your child is giggling a lot, you know you are on the right track.

Dinner Time

Dinner time is a rare occasion when, usually, the entire family is around. Make it YOUR special family time—the time of the day where everyone comes together to sit around the table without any distractions or phones nearby. Bonus points if you can make this part of our daily routine!

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