Bonding time with mommy is very important for children. It helps them with development and shows how awesome and great their mom is! Here we have some fun ways to create memories with your pride and joy. So turn off your cell phone, de-stress and enjoy quality time with your kiddo!
1. Bake Cookies
Who doesn’t love cookies? Grab your kiddo and spend the afternoon baking and decorating delicious treats! Pop in a movie later that night and enjoy your delicious creations!
2. Play I Spy Outside
Having a scavenger hunt adventure with your kiddo will be a fun, learning experience. They’ll be able to identify so much and learn more about their surroundings. Grab a couple of pairs of binoculars or a camara to increase the spy feel.
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Children adore stories, especially when mom is reading. Make the story come to life by making funny voices and a bit of drama. If your child is learning to read, alternate reading pages. This way they will build their skills while also enjoying reading with you as well.
4. Sidewalk Chalk Drawings
Sidewalk chalk is so easy and will be a new way for your child to discover creativity. The more colors you have, the better! Draw on the sidewalk, the driveway, the patio, pretty much any place that could use some artwork! Don’t worry…it will wash away in with the next rain storm.
5. Mother-Child Yoga
Doing yoga with your child is great for teaching them how to live a healthy lifestyle! Many gyms are catering to mother-child yoga, and there are also DVDs for mother-child yoga. For more information, or to see cool mother and child yoga poses, head over to this yoga guru’s Instagram page!
6. Get Matching Shirts
Matching shirts are absolutely adorable! Show the world how much you and your child adore each other in these super cute shirts. You two will easily be setting trends for all the other moms in the neighborhood. Mommy, Jessica Garvin on LittleBabyGarvin, can you give cute matching outfit ideas!
7. Chick-Fil-A Parent Nights
This fast food chain knows how important family is and offers special activity nights throughout the year dedicated to moms and dads. Check with your local Chick-Fil-A to see when their mommy-son or mommy-daughter date nights will be!
8. $1 Movie Date
Who doesn’t love a movie? Take your kiddo to see that movie you guys have already seen 100 times! You two might be the only one in the theater, so feel free to belt out your favorite songs in the movie with your kiddo! Who doesn’t want to sing “Let it Go!” for the millionth time?
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9. Bike Ride
Learning to ride a bike is such a special moment in a child’s life. Teaching them to ride will show them that you will protect them from getting hurt, and if they do get hurt, you will always be there to fix the ouchie. Once they get the hang of things, take a ride through the park and enjoy being outdoors!
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10. Video Game Tournament
Your kiddo will think you are the coolest mom in the entire world after you have an eventful video game tournament with them! Show your skills or learn to play! Set out snacks and get your game face on!
An “at home” picnic is perfect in spring! Your child can help you make snacks and you won’t forget anything because you’ll still in your backyard!
12. To-Do List
Getting your chores done is extremely important and with your child being home, it can feel impossible to get it all done. Good news, kids love being helpers! You’ll be less stressed and your kiddo will love helping out. So scratch off some things on your to do list with your trusty sidekick!
13. Special Bedtime Routine
The morning time is pretty hectic. You’re so busy getting them ready and headed off to school. The afternoon is dedicated to homework and then it’s time for dinner. Before you know it, your child is putting on their PJs. Create a special routine just for you and your kiddo every night. Taking time out of the busy day to show them you care will really help you two connect.
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14. Mommy and Me Photo Shoot
Each year, or however often you’d like, have a photo shoot with you and your kiddo. Take funny selfies on your phone or go get pictures taken professionally. No matter how you do it, you’ll always have cherished memories.
15. Mommy and Me Journal
Make a mommy and me journal with your child. Explain how they can use it to tell you about fun play date ideas or use it just to show each other how much you love one another. For inspiration, head over to the blog, DeliaCreates.
16. Moms and Meals
Make cute invitations and invite your child to a special meal with you! Get out your fancy dishes or even take your child to a fancy restaurant. It’s never to early to teach them how to have good manners at a special dinner.
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17. Lunch Making
Making your lunches together adds to the bonding! They may not want to eat what you’re eating, so offer more enticing, kid friendly options! For a healthy meal choice, FamilyFreshCooking has plenty of options for nutritious meals!
18. Children’s Museum
Taking your child to the museum will open up their mind to so many new things. They can learn about art, dinosaurs or science. Your kiddo will be a whiz and amaze you at what they will know!
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19. Volunteer Together
Teaching your child to give back is extremely important. It teaches them to value what they have and also that we should help those less fortunate than ourselves. Have them collect cans for a food drive or give away toys to a shelter.
On a clear night, grab a telescope and take to the sky! Show your kiddo the constellations and make up a fun story about how the stars got into the sky. Also don’t forget to make a wish with them!
Whatever you plan, just enjoy spending quality time with your child. Every moment is precious, so watch them grow and have fun! Share your ideas with us on Twitter @JBFFranchise or leave us a comment below!