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7 Ways to Bond w/Girls Over Thanksgiving Break

7 Ways to Bond w/Girls Over Thanksgiving Break

NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020

Thanksgiving is almost here! For many families that means four to nine days off. Some of us have spent so much time together, it’s tough to come up with activity ideas for the break that will be meaningful. That’s why we’ve put together this list of family bonding activities.

This is the perfect opportunity to shake up your routine and try something new. These activities are a lot of fun, and can strengthen your relationship during a time when so many things are strained. Scroll down for bonding ideas that you can do together, and from a distance.

Look at Old Photos

Good for: Together & From a Distance

Thanksgiving can be the perfect time to break out photo albums and boxes of family photos. Children love seeing how family members used to look and it’s a great time to share stories from your own childhood. If you’re spending Thanksgiving apart this year, try looking at old photos via FaceTime or Zoom.

Play a Board Game

Good for: Together

It’s easy to forget how fun board games can be. We recommend selecting a game that everyone enjoys—including the grownups. Some of our favorite games are Trouble, Monopoly, Monopoly Jr, and cooperative games (where everyone is on the same team).

Try Table Topics

Good for: Together

When you’re sitting around the dinner table together, try introducing a table topic. Just pose a question to the group, and go around the table answering it. Start with something basic, like “What are you thankful for?” or “Name one thing you love about yourself.” Or, draw inspiration from a list of questions like this one.

Cook Together

Good for: Together

There’s usually a lot of cooking to be done for Thanksgiving, so why not recruit a little help? To keep it fun (and not stressful), select a recipe that’s easy for kids to help with. Baked recipes (like pumpkin pie) are great because kids can help mix and don’t have to go near a stove.

Read Together

Good for: Together & From a Distance

Reading together is always a great thing to do, and can be extra sweet over the holidays. Think back to your own childhood—was there a special book that you loved and cherished? If so, this could be a good time to read it together and talk about why it meant so much to you.

If you find the book to be controversial or outdated now, be sure to use it as a learning experience and talk about what is/isn't okay, how norms have changed over time and how it makes you feel. This can also be done via FaceTime or Zoom for families that aren't able to be together this year.

Go for a Hike

Good for: Together

We've talked many times about how valuable hiking can be, and how it can help create balance over the holidays. It’s nice to get outside, and this activity is good for bonding since there’s generally not much to do besides look around and talk.

Make Art Together

Good for: Together & From a Distance

Kids love art, and doing art with family can be even more exciting. You could make a sign welcoming family members, create your own festive decorations, paint a family tree, or even something simple like write and illustrate a short book together with paper and markers.

This is a little trickier to do from a distance, but it's totally possible, especially if you have a budding artist in your family. We think it's fun when each family member has the same coloring book (like one of ours!) or paint-by-number set, and can chat about what they're doing while they work.
We hope these activities bring your family a little closer this Thanksgiving!
7 Ways to Bond w/Girls Over Thanksgiving Break

NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020

Thanksgiving is almost here! For many families that means four to nine days off. Some of us have spent so much time together, it’s tough to come up with activity ideas for the break that will be meaningful. That’s why we’ve put together this list of family bonding activities.

This is the perfect opportunity to shake up your routine and try something new. These activities are a lot of fun, and can strengthen your relationship during a time when so many things are strained. Scroll down for bonding ideas that you can do together, and from a distance.

Look at Old Photos

Good for: Together & From a Distance

Thanksgiving can be the perfect time to break out photo albums and boxes of family photos. Children love seeing how family members used to look and it’s a great time to share stories from your own childhood. If you’re spending Thanksgiving apart this year, try looking at old photos via FaceTime or Zoom.

Play a Board Game

Good for: Together

It’s easy to forget how fun board games can be. We recommend selecting a game that everyone enjoys—including the grownups. Some of our favorite games are Trouble, Monopoly, Monopoly Jr, and cooperative games (where everyone is on the same team).

Try Table Topics

Good for: Together

When you’re sitting around the dinner table together, try introducing a table topic. Just pose a question to the group, and go around the table answering it. Start with something basic, like “What are you thankful for?” or “Name one thing you love about yourself.” Or, draw inspiration from a list of questions like this one.

Cook Together

Good for: Together

There’s usually a lot of cooking to be done for Thanksgiving, so why not recruit a little help? To keep it fun (and not stressful), select a recipe that’s easy for kids to help with. Baked recipes (like pumpkin pie) are great because kids can help mix and don’t have to go near a stove.

Read Together

Good for: Together & From a Distance

Reading together is always a great thing to do, and can be extra sweet over the holidays. Think back to your own childhood—was there a special book that you loved and cherished? If so, this could be a good time to read it together and talk about why it meant so much to you.

If you find the book to be controversial or outdated now, be sure to use it as a learning experience and talk about what is/isn't okay, how norms have changed over time and how it makes you feel. This can also be done via FaceTime or Zoom for families that aren't able to be together this year.

Go for a Hike

Good for: Together

We've talked many times about how valuable hiking can be, and how it can help create balance over the holidays. It’s nice to get outside, and this activity is good for bonding since there’s generally not much to do besides look around and talk.

Make Art Together

Good for: Together & From a Distance

Kids love art, and doing art with family can be even more exciting. You could make a sign welcoming family members, create your own festive decorations, paint a family tree, or even something simple like write and illustrate a short book together with paper and markers.

This is a little trickier to do from a distance, but it's totally possible, especially if you have a budding artist in your family. We think it's fun when each family member has the same coloring book (like one of ours!) or paint-by-number set, and can chat about what they're doing while they work.
We hope these activities bring your family a little closer this Thanksgiving!

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