Family bonding is very important. It helps strengthen relationships and build social bonds. One way to bond is through playing games together. Playing games together creates happy memories that are worth keeping for while it also creates emotional and spiritual healing for you and your kids.
Playing indoor games is one of the most efficient and less costly activities to do for family bonding. Indoor games don’t require you a lot of preparation, all you need is the entire family and start having fun. So, whether it's raining outside or you just don't want to go out and would rather just spend time with your family at home, you can create lasting family bonding by playing indoor games.
Here are a few suggestions for indoor games that involves the entire family:
1. Physical Games
A. Treasure hunt - what's good about treasure hunting is that they can be done in either huge areas and indoors. You can set up a simple treasure hunt at home for the whole family to enjoy.
B. Hide and Seek - who doesn't enjoy playing hide and seek? It's one of kids' all-time favorite! It's a simple game that you can play anytime - no preparation nor materials needed at all!
C. Indoor Sports - basketball, table tennis, bowling, you name it! You can play these sports with the whole family. Well, I don't really mean those sports that require a huge space, basketball usually does, but you can also simplify them by just shooting (and besides, basketball started in a classroom. *wink*)2.Thinking Games
A. Pretend Play - what’s good about pretend play is that you let your kids work their imagination. They can be who they want to be. And you can enjoy it with them! I bet even the adults would love to do this with them, I do! :)
B. Story Telling - I included story-telling just in case everyone's already tired and needs a little rest! haha. As someone who taught children for years in the past, I know how fun story telling can be. The adults can reenact the story while the kids watch and listen in awe with their dropped jaws! lol.
C. Timed Categories - Use a stopwatch, or I bet your phone has one. Choose any category (plants, animals, foods), and challenge everyone to see how many items they can come up with. Make sure to reward the winner! :D
3. Board/Paper Games
A. Scrabble, chess, monopoly and more - if you are into these types of board games, this can be awesome games to get the entire family involved! Most of these board games also include critical thinking, as you need to make a strategy.
B. Jigsaw Puzzles - this is another good game that everyone in the house can play with. I bet it'll be fun to see how everyone's so serious about trying to complete their puzzles! haha. Or if you don't have any puzzles to use, you can find lots of puzzles to play with online at www.jspuzzles.com. I've tried it and it's so easy to play with!
C. Mazes - there are so many mazes you can find online that you can just print, give it out to everyone (or a group), let's see who finishes that maze right away!
What's your favorite indoor games to play with the whole family? I'd love to know and maybe we can also try that if we haven't yet. :)