Spending time with our children is one of the most wonderful and rewarding parts of being a caregiver. It’s also an essential way to build our bond with our children. When we spend time with our children, we’re showing them that they're important to us and that we value them. It can help children feel loved, supported, and secure, which can have a positive impact on their overall well-being.
Spending quality time together each week is a great way to grow your bond and learn about your child. Here are some ideas for ways to spend quality time with your child:
Play a game: Games are a fun and engaging way to spend time with your child. Try playing a board game, card game, or outdoor game together. You can also make up your own games or challenge your child to a friendly competition. We’ve put together ideas for games that can help your child with their emotions, as well as word games to boost language skills and games you can play with balloons.
Have a picnic: A picnic is a fun and casual way to spend time with your child. Pack some sandwiches, fruit, and snacks, and head to a nearby park or playground to enjoy a meal together. You can also play games or read books together on your picnic blanket.
Do an art or craft project: Art and craft projects are a great way to encourage creativity and imagination. Set up a space for your child to create, and provide them with materials such as paints, crayons, paper, and scissors. You can also join in and create your own art or craft project together, like sponge painting. At First 5 California, we’re proud of our Dragon Coloring Book, which you can download for free here.
Eat meals together: When you’re eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner together, it’s a great opportunity to talk to your child and give them your attention. Download the First 5 California Cookbook.
Read together: Reading is a great way to bond with your child while also helping them develop important literacy skills. Choose a book together, and take turns reading out loud. You can download our free children’s books, such as Potter the Otter: A Tale About Water and It’s Picnic Day, Potter!
Wrapping your child up in a warm hug is always a great way to build your bond with your child. Not only do long hugs help you connect with your child, they also help with brain growth and development, health, and healing.