Need some ideas for bonding experiences for me and the girls. I tried to give them the best Christmas possible. I knit them both their own blankets and pillows, and gave them each personalized photo ornaments with a pic of the four of us. I also started ornament collections for the both of them. Every year they will each get items from the family tree, as well as special ones Mike and I will choose each year. But, I need more ideas for everyday... Someone suggested a girlie day, facials, nails, etc. But what else would be good?

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Christina - posted on 01/13/2009

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Well, my girls are10 and 13 so not everything would be age appropriate, but there are a lot of great ideas!!  I definately think I want to do the girly day with nails, hair, and then dinner.  And love the movie and popcorn idea..(the 13 year old makes great popcorn).  And I think I am going to look into a ceramics place. They are both very creative kids, so I think that would be fun for them.  And, I think the cooking together, and baking cookies would be good for them as well.  Might help them bond a bit more as well.

Louise - posted on 01/13/2009

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Another great idea for a present, is make a collage (hope i spell that right) of here favourite singer & place durcell clear cover on it, I've just amde some Hannah Montana & Miley Cryus ones, for my GF's Gals. They love it.

I've just id an animal one for my son, he loves animals..

You could check out YMCA centres - if your gals likes tumbling more activites..

but the hair & nails thing is great, a friend of mine, got it done for her 16th old daughter b-day party & there few friends, had someone come to the house & do make up (if parents allow it) hair, nails, etc.. & then they all went out for dinner.

& you can't go wrong with Dancing, in dress up's..

Hanna - posted on 01/13/2009

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When we were little, mom used to play dress-up with us (she'd do our hair/make-up) and let us try on some of her clothes/shoes (when my sister was little, she would try on my clothes instead of mom's) but it was a lot of fun.

We used to cook & bake together -- she would either get a cook book and we'd help her make dinner -- something fancy or just regular dinner -- but it was fun to peel veggies, stir stuff in, add spices, etc (and now we are all good cooks).

On special occasions we'd bake -- usually cookies or cake (she would make icing/cream from scratch) and we'd decorate it. it was also a lot of fun arranging fruits for fruit pies/mini fruit/berry pies.

Outside, she would take us to the park to feed the ducks & the swans, I was 13 and still loved to do it. She'd take us to the playground and let us get ice-cream or frozen yogurt (not every day, but it was fun and very special). We also used to go on picnics a lot (and we would bring our dolls as well) during the summer, in winter we'd sometimes do it in the living room/family room -- get a blanket, a basket, and eat some sandwiches & juice. Other days it would be tea-parties, we'd arrange all our toys around a table and she'd come sit with us and we'd have tea -- sometimes it would be morrocan tea party -- we'd get bunch of pillows & mats, she's hang light sheets & pieces of fabric from the ceiling fan or sometimes across several chairs -- we'd make a tent, lay out & have some tea & cookies.

Nicole - posted on 01/13/2009

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I don't know how old your girls are but one of the cutest ideas I have read about was a woman who made fairy houses in the spring in her back yard with her children. They would hunt for items (bark, moss, mushrooms, leaves, rocks, etc) and then find a place near a tree and construct a little house. They would then find fairy food (acorns, birdseed, and berries). They would check on them every week to see if anyone had moved in and if it was messed up and the food was gone, someone had obviously been there. She said she had done it when she was a girl and it was her spring tradition and her children love it and can’t wait for the first day of spring. (She also said even when she knew that it was just animals eating things and moving stuff around, she still got excited.)

Lisa - posted on 01/13/2009

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I remember baking cookies with my mom. My mom would make and roll the dough and my sister and I would use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and decorate them. I can't wait to do this with my daughter. There are also pottery places in my area where you paint and decorate pottery.

Trissie - posted on 01/13/2009

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hi hun have yu tryed making play dow its really fun to make and you can back it after and then paint it so that it can be like a littel keepsake



there are some more tings that you can try



make bread with your girls



junk models it can be messy but its nice to see them smile



let me know how you get on f you need any more you can email me on trissiecrofts@live.co.uk

April - posted on 01/13/2009

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See what your local library offers. We have attended story time and sometimes we just go and play at the Roch one and then pick out books and DVD's together. My 3 1/2 yo loves to help me bake too...

Trissie - posted on 01/13/2009

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HI IM TRISSIE



i do all sorts of things with my two girls have you tryed making play dow its really funny and a bit messy but its nice to see the kids smile you can make littel nmen or animals out of the play dow an you can bake it paint it after and just vanish it so in the end it can become a keepsake



have you tryed making bread with them that is really fun to you can time all th things on the web site its really sun



have a go and let me know if you need any more ideas you can email me on trissiecrofts@live.co.uk





 

Tristen - posted on 01/13/2009

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A movie date, gymnastics, dance something you all like to do, do it together. Go to a museum or watch a movie at home with some popcorn, or a fun snack of your choice. To find out if they have artistic ability do some kind of craft with glitter, jewels, feathers. Go learn how to work with clay. There are all sorts of things, depending on their age you can do. I do know not everyday can be a project day and may not have the money to do stuff. Scavenger Hunts are fun in the home or outside. Find nature, things like acorns, leaves, flowers, grass, etc., and do an art project or scavenger hunt that way. Hope this helped out a bit. God Bless!

Lesley - posted on 01/13/2009

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What about a shopping day with lunch included, and for everyday what about a DVD and popcorn session, sit on the sofa with a large blanket or duvet and all get under, my kids love it especially on a cold winters day/night.

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