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Parental bonding is often depicted as father and offspring tossing a football in the yard, going fishing together, and engaging in all sorts of sporty and adventurous activities. However, some kids (and some dads) are just not into sports or bungee jumping. Outdoor time is quality time and finding other ways to enjoy that time outside will provide for plenty of quality time.
Flying may sound adventurous until you realize we aren’t talking about you flying! Play time with the kids and some toy airplanes are a fantastic way to spend some time together. Foam gliders are perfect for younger kids. You can assemble the styrofoam planes together and enjoy throwing them around the yard. Many of these gliders do certain tricks based on the angle of the wings and the tail, learning how to make them do those tricks are tapping into engineering tricks that all kids can benefit learning from. Pick a windy day for some extra fun!
If your children are slightly older, drones are a better option to get them interested in mechanics and science. Teaching the child how to operate and control the drone with a remote will be a moment you and your child will both enjoy. For a bit of extra excitement look for models that have cameras, like Protocol New York Drones. Imagine how exciting it could be to see a bird’s eye view of your roof, exploring the woods nearby, and playing “spy” games with other siblings and children who have their own drones.
Make Art with Nature
One of the more exciting things you can do is learn to create nature based sculptures that employ lots of thinking. These types of activities employ the use of physics, engineering, and art to add some extra education on a Saturday afternoon. Some kids love these types of projects so much, they truly make the time fly by and you end up with some amazing sculptures that your children will remember for years to come.
If your child is less than thrilled by creating the sculptures, focusing more on the artistic aspect of being outdoors may be in order. Sidewalk chalk is easily affordable and can give you and your child hours of enjoyment. Draw on the concrete and use leaves and various plants to become a part of the artwork. Or you can create your own mandalas; it’s both soothing and taps into some amazing artistic talent.
Don’t Forget the Stars
Not all bonding moments have to take place during a sunny weekend afternoon. Sometimes a night-time playtime is just what you, or your schedule, needs. Focusing on the night sky can open up a whole new astrological world for you and your child. Looking for specific constellations, learning new ones, and even talking about the phase of the moon are powerful ways to noticing the world around you and having quality time together. If you live in a city that makes stargazing difficult, you may need to invest in a telescope to find planets and see the moon up close. Or visit a local planetarium together to learn even more and see things in a new way. In our fast-paced world, taking some time to look into the sky can be a relaxing and spiritually enhanced evening.
What is always most important is that you are truly spending some time with your child. Quality time means that you are truly enjoying your experience together and not paying attention to a clock or wanting to escape the moment quickly. Think back to when you were a kid and your fondest memories. More than likely it wasn’t anything expensive or super time consuming, it was just a general joy for the activity and the person you were with.
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