The Beginning Of The School Year Doesn't Have To Mean The Weakening Of Your Parent-Child Bond. Here Are Five Activities To Keep You And Children Close All Year Round.

The end of summer means the end of long days spent with your kids taking vacations, romping at the park, teaching them cooking skills, planting flowers, harvesting the garden, and all the other activities that have kept you close all season long. But, the start of school doesn't have to mean the bond you've developed with your kids is going to wane. Simply prioritize parent-child time doing fun things throughout the school year and you'll be as close as you were before the summer's end. We connected with Kiwi Crate, makers of crafty kits for kids, to get a few tips for creative bonding with your kids all year round.
The end of summer means the end of long days spent with your kids taking vacations, romping at the park, teaching them cooking skills, planting flowers, harvesting the garden, and all the other activities that have kept you close all season long. But, the start of school doesn't have to mean the bond you've developed with your kids is going to wane. Simply prioritize parent-child time doing fun things throughout the school year and you'll be as close as you were before the summer's end. We connected with Kiwi Crate, makers of crafty kits for kids, to get a few tips for creative bonding with your kids all year round.

Tips to strengthen your parent-child bond

1. Plan a monthly or quarterly field trip

Even if you don't have the world's greatest museum in your backyard, plan a visit to a local museum, aquarium, or botanical garden. Don't force your kiddos to walk to every exhibit -- allow them to lead the way while you gently guide them. Let them experience a few interesting items and ask them thought-provoking questions to get them to think about the things they see. When you get back home, work with your kids on a related project, such as draw or tell a story about something they saw, design a garden, or create the ocean floor on paper or in an aquarium.

2. Make dinner a team effort

Experts say that kids who eat dinner with their families each night are more adjusted and better communicators, so involving children in the process of making dinner can only bring a family closer. Invite creativity by asking your kids what they’d like to eat and have them create a “restaurant” menu detailing the night’s dish. Choose recipes that require minimal ingredients and are visually stimulating such as cookie cutter sandwiches, fruit shish kebabs or English muffin “pizzas.”

3. Take your kids outside

It may seem impossible to pull your kids off the computer or Smartphone, but get them outdoors to experience nature. Have them look at things in a different way, such as viewing a leaf or bug on the ground with a magnifying glass or by looking up and scanning the tops of trees or the sky for interesting items. There are countless opportunities for imaginative play in nature's playground.

4. Plan a family vacation together

Summer may be the expected time to go on a vacation but that doesn't mean you can't plan one during the school year. Since anticipation is thrilling for kids, sit down as a family and plan an exciting vacay (even if it just for a long weekend). You'll be able to bond through the experience and your kids will love a get-away that they had a hand in planning.

5. Create your own memories

At a loss for crafty things to do with your kids? Sign up for the subscription Kiwi Crate and you’ll receive a crate filled with all of the supplies and materials needed for at least two engaging projects each month. I've done three "crates" with my son and they are educational, fun, and the perfect way to spend quality time together without a lot of planning. At only $19.95 per month, a subscription to Kiwi Crate is well worth it for the opportunity to create lasting memories.

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