Today, we’re focusing on easy and fun family bonding activities that make deep connection possible. Because we live in a time when having strong family ties is difficult.
Sure, there are plenty of extracurriculars for kids and social media to “stay connected.” But those can also get in the way of truly connecting with those we love.
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Luckily, all you need is the space and intention to make the magic happen.
So, this post includes:
- A List of Great Family Bonding Activities
- The Best Questions for Family Bonding
- The Best Bonding Games
- 18 Family Bonding Quotes
General Relationship Bonding Activities
For specific questions and games see #22-30, but first, this section has amazing activities you can do with your family often and with little effort!
1. Dinner Fun
Now, let’s start with dinner. Everyone eats it! So, why not make it a genuine bonding experience?
Toast each other for the day’s successes, share what you’re grateful for, or test each other with your favorite jokes. Once you set a routine, you’ll find it’s easy to connect!
For more specific ideas, see these 15 fun family dinnertime activities!
2. Go on a Picnic
Need a change of pace for your mealtime activities? Take your food outside! Grab a blanket and enjoy the fresh air together. After eating, kick a ball around or take a walk and bond through exercise too.
Bonus: Stay and watch a sunset together!
3. Family Movie Night
As we all know, this is the easiest way to bond when mom and dad are tired. So, make it an occasional thing, or block off every Sunday night for your favorite family movie together with snacks and cuddling.
(You don’t always have to talk to feel close!)
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Helping others is a great way to bring your family closer as well. You will be united in a worthy cause.
So, sign up for an official event, or simply bless another family by dropping off goodies or groceries.
5. Family Walks
These simple walks combine exercise and family. What a happiness boost! (Plus, it’s really hard to be distracted on your phone while walking!)
So, hit the trail, sidewalk, or even dust off those bikes. Get out and explore a new area together. The spirit of adventure will connect you in new ways.
There’s something about camping that drowns out the distractions of our modern-day world. It’s simplicity at its finest. And it’s an amazing opportunity to connect deeply with those you love.
So, grab that tent and set it out in the backyard or a large beautiful park. Don’t forget the yummy food, card games, and blankets for cuddling. Then, just be in the moment!
7. Attend a Cultural Event
New shared experiences are family bonding activities that truly stick. So, explore a local play, concert, or even a lesser-known sporting event. These don’t have to be expensive either. Our local high schools put on great play productions!
8. Tell Stories About the Past
Do your kids know about how you grew up? Have they heard stories of their grandparents and great-grandparents?
Stories are the glue that binds families, and if you’re not passing down what makes your heritage unique, it WILL become lost with time.
So, start with… “Have I told you about the time I/grandma/your uncle……”
9. Look at Pictures of Your Family
This is a common practice for us, as every New Year’s Eve we review pictures from the year before. We’ve been astounded at how much everyone loves seeing our family over the course of the last year.
10. Read Aloud Together
Next, there’s nothing like a Harry Potter series or other childhood adventure book to make your family want to spend time with you! So, get lost in the story together!
11. Write Back & Forth in a Journal
Um, who doesn’t love mail!?
Create a family journal and pass it around each night. Make your own mailboxes if your kids are getting into it!
Then, use it as a way to tell your kids you love them, tell them your stories from #8, or just to talk about the day. You might be surprised how much they open up in their notes too!
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12. Invest in Quality Traditions
Great consistent traditions make family bonding SO MUCH EASIER!
So, check out this affordable ebook, for 260+ ideas for major holidays, seasons, and everyday rituals!
13. Cook a Recipe Together
Do your kids know how to navigate the kitchen? As a mom, sometimes it’s hard to have the patience required to let them cook, but as they get older it’s an excellent opportunity for genuine conversation.
Do some fun taste testing while you’re at it!
First, get them thinking and planning about what they’d like to eat. Then, plant your fruits and vegetables together. Kids will take pride in the growth and eventually harvest. Plus, they’ll learn important lessons along the way.
15. Build Something Together
Next, my husband and son LOVE building things. And it’s definitely when they bond the most. As I write this, they’re dreaming up plans for a modified treehouse. But they’ve built many other things up to now as well.
16. Have a Tea Party
For my daughter, bonding over a cup of tea is prefered. We gather the specailty teas, fancy china, and perhaps find a snack or two. Then, we have fun pretending we’re fancy and elegant as we enjoy our event.
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17. Prank Each Other
One year my husband and I did an April Fool’s joke on the kids. And they talked about it for MONTHS. (And planned revenge for months after that.)
Yet, it surprised us how much it boosted our spirits and brought us together in an unexpected way. If pranks aren’t your thing, tell jokes, or start tickle fights instead. Anything that creates laughs and positive energy will bond you like no other.
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Have you tried the Floss yet? If not, it’s time to see who does it best! Just don’t hurt yourself!
19. Nerf or Water Gun War
Next, get the adrenaline flowing and have fun tracking down your kids with water or darts. A snowball fight counts too depending on what season you’re in.
20. Vacation or Staycation
When was the last time you had an adventure together? Or learned about a new place? There’s no time like the present to get out into the world and show the kids how much is out there.
21. Try Something New As a Family
And finally for family bonding activities, develop a growth mindset and get out of your comfort zone together! Try the crazy-looking noodles, explore a new park, or go bowling if it’s something you haven’t done before.
*Or check out one of the fun family night activity ideas below:
Family Bonding Questions
Next, these creative questions NEVER fail to get the conversation flowing!
22. Would You Rather
Check out these ultimate this or that questions to see what ordinary or outrageous thing your family members would pick.
23. Never Have I Ever
My family has so much fun with these! Start a sentence with “never have I ever” and go from there. You’ll find out many interesting things about your tribe.
Example: “Never have I ever swallowed gum before.”
See these 250 pre-made never questions to make it easy!
24. How Well Do You Know Me
And to round out the questions, quiz your family to see who knows you best! You’ll be surprised at what they do and don’t know about you!
The Top Family Bonding Games
Now, these 6 games all encourage friendly competition or open conversation, making them perfect for creating bonding moments that make a difference.
25. Beat That
In Beat That, players attempt a variety of different wacky challenges. Buddy up and duel with family members for extra family fun!
26. Our Moments: Families
Our Moments: Families is filled with 100 thought-provoking question cards for amazing relationship building. Cards can be used on family night, or are easy to take on roadtrips and for travel.
27. Kids Against Maturity
This tabletop game is full of age-appropriate toilet humor that gives everyone a good belly laugh. And with lots of awards to back it up, Kids Against Maturity is definitely one to consider!
28. Throw Throw Burrito
Throw Throw Burrito is the world’s first dodgeball card game! Collect matching sets of cards while dodging, ducking, and throwing soft burritos. The kids will love this more physical game!
Hedbanz is an excellent game for the entire family! We’ve noticed that it works particularly well with younger kids too, because reading the cards is optional. Who doesn’t love a good reasoning and guessing game!
And finally, Totem is a positive relationship building game using question cards that help you look on the bright side. It’s a fantastic self-esteem building and self-discovery tool as well!
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18 Family Bonding Quotes
Before you go, see these inspiring family bonding quotes that will motivate you to water your most important garden.
1.“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.” – Jim Rohn
2. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” -Mother Teresa
3. “A family doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to be united.” – unknown
4. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” – Richard Bach
5. “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” –Michael J. Fox
6. “Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” – Brad Henry
7. “I think togetherness is an important ingredient of family life.” – Barbara Bush
8. “Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” – Gail Lumet Buckley
9. “Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.” — Paul Pearsall
10. “There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.” – Leo Christopher
11. “Families and friends form some of the closest of bonds you will ever experience. It is almost impossible for you to lead a happy life without support from these important groups of people.” – Jeffrey Dawson
12. “Family life contributes immensely to an individual’s happiness. Only in a happy home life can complete contentment be found.” – Dorothea S. Koppliln
13. “Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” – Stitch
14. “So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty.” – Haniel Long
15. “Having a place to go is a home. Having someone to love is a family. Having both is a blessing.” – Donna Hedges
16. “That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.”– Deb Caletti
17. “There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy, or more exasperated, or more secure.” – Jim Butcher
18. “Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” – Albert Einstein
To Consider With Family Bonding Activities
As with all relationship building, it’s important to MAKE the time and space to be together. And, the QUALITY of time is a major factor. Put your devices away and be present. You’ll never regret having these moments with your loved ones.
What are your favorite family bonding activities?
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