How to Strengthen the Sibling Bond on National Siblings Day – and Every Day!
National Siblings Day is on April 10th and it's time to leave sibling rivalry behind and focus on strengthening the sibling bond. We’ve found some awesome toys and products that can help strengthen the sibling bond whether you have a big brother or sister in training, mommy’s helpers, or little ones that just want to play together!
Kids just want to have fun (together)!
Let siblings go on a secret mission or explore together with the GeoSafari Jr. Walkie Talkies from Educational Insights. That’s a 10-4 on big fun! Speakerphone-action enables junior explorers to stay in touch indoors and out up to 300 feet. Siblings love being able to speak to one another, even from different rooms, and of course to tell each other secrets.
Get kids building together with Gears! Gears! Gears! 100-Piece Deluxe Pink Building Set from Learning Resources. Made of sturdy plastic, these gears are made to challenge motor skills, creativity, and hands-on construction play so get ready to snap these pieces into place and create something amazing – the possibilities are endless. This large set contains enough gears for multiple children to play with at once and siblings love building together then playing with their creations.
Give siblings their very own hide-out or private clubhouse with the Clubhouse House Tent from Pacific Play Tents. It is great for imaginative play for both boys and girls. With a “private” entry, it makes the clubhouse tent fun for playful imaginations to run wild. If your little one ever wanted a treehouse, this tent is the perfect alternative. There is no better way to get siblings to want to play together than to give them a private space where no grown-ups are allowed.
With PlayTape by InRoad Toys, kids can work together to create their very own amazing road systems, race tracks and cities for their toy vehicles right at home or on the road. PlayTape sticks to any flat surface and is easy to tear and reposition. After hours or even days of fun, it peels up without any residue and is recyclable, so cleanup is a snap. Siblings love designing their own elaborate roadways anywhere, anytime. Want more a more high-tech car option? Check out the glow-in-the-dark racetrack by Skullduggery whose cars blaze light around loops. These tracks are good for beginners and advanced builders making them a good choice for sibling pairs who can work together.
Dolls are always fun for siblings to play together — and princesses are almost always a hit. Royal Shimmer Princess Dolls allow each child to get their favorite princess, or be of-the-moment and get part of The Beauty and Beast set for your little siblings to enjoy.
Kids love to imitate the grown-ups in their lives! One way siblings can work together and pretend to be grown-ups is to drive toy cars up and down a city garage. One sturdy option that's big enough for siblings to play with together, but not so big as to take up the entire room, is the Melissa & Doug Wooden Parking Garage with an elevator, car wash, and more. Or, pair it with the Mega Race Car Carrier so that even multiple siblings can get in the fun.
Legos are of course a classic and there are sets for every age and interest. If your kids are into the Minecraft craze but you want to pull them away from the screen, a Minecraft Lego Set may be the perfect solution. More intricate sets like The Witch Hut get kids building together and they can use the mini-figures to engage in imaginative play once the set is assembled. Don't think your sibling set will follow instructions? Try a Lego Classic Creativity Box (starting at under $5.00) to allow kids to build smaller items included as suggestions or just build freely. Or, maybe your kids can never agree on what to play. The solution? The Island 3-in-1 Creator Set that allows kids to build up to three completely different things from the same pieces.
Playmobil is another classic imaginative toy. Larger sets like the incredibly detailed Pirate Raiders' Ship Playset is the perfect size to allow more than one child to play at once. The detail also makes it a great choice for siblings of different ages to play with together.
There is nothing better at bringing siblings together like hosting a sing-a-long and dance party at home. The Singing Machine Remix Hi Def Karaoke Machine provides endless hours of fun. Use the app or Bluetooth to play any song you desire. Kids who can read can get the full Karaoke experience via a tablet or other device but even kids who can't read will love to use the real microphone and the built-in disco lights will make siblings feel like stars. Kids can take turns at the mic and dancing along or get a second optional microphone so siblings can sing along together (probably adorably out of tune).
Reading together is always a good bonding activity for siblings. Choose books all kids can enjoy. When in doubt, Superheros tend to work with boy and girls of all ages! The Little Superhero Library and The Big Book of Girl Power are a great place to start. Finding a new version of an old favorite, like the new Olivia The Spy is a great way to get siblings excited about reading together. And, of course, there is nothing sweeter than an older sibling reading to a younger one. Check out some of our recommendations for the best books here!
I have yet to meet a child of any age who doesn't love a marble run! Kids of all ages can safely play with HABA's My First Ball Track. Older siblings can help little ones build the track or siblings of any age can play together since the set comes with multiple toddler-sized balls. What's more, this is a great way to introduce even very little ones to STEM skills.
Get Them Outside Together
Especially with warmer weather on the horizon, it's time to get kids outside and on wheels. Bikes are always a good option for little ones through teens making it a great activity for siblings of any age – even large age gaps. Here it's worth investing in a bike that is safe, sturdy, and can grow with your child – and be sure to last to pass down to younger siblings. Spawncycles are a great choice that look cool and even allow kids to do engage in some fancy riding, like pedaling while standing up or dirt jumping, which makes riding with your sibling that much more fun! If biking isn't for your sibling group, try a cool alternative like a Space Scooter with a neat pump-and-go method of riding.
Let them go fly a kite! This reasonably priced Huge Rainbow Kite is a great way for siblings to work together to get the kite airborne and keep it here! A good beginner's kite can help siblings learn something new and achieve a sense of accomplishment together.
Want to play something outdoors? Check out this Lasso Golf set that will keep kids busy for hours. Also called Ladder Golf, kids of all ages have a great time tossing balls onto a multi-tiered ladder over and over again!
Let older siblings help out with baby!
The Marcus & Marcus Rocket themed Feeding Spoon Dispenser makes it easy for older siblings to help feed the baby with just a squeeze of the rocket and no mess! This food-grade silicone container holds up to three oz of baby food, can be safely warmed directly with hot water or a microwave oven, has a soft edge for baby's tender gums, and can dispense one bite at a time. Feeding babies can take a long time, and this is a great mess-free way to allow an older sibling to help with baby mealtime.
The Miracle Blanket’s simple design makes it easy for anyone to create a perfect swaddle- even kids. Plus, it is a safe and secure alternative to traditional swaddling by helping babies sleep better on their backs through 14 weeks and allowing freedom of movement from the hips down. The fabric is a super soft 100% cotton knit that is breathable so that it can be used in warm climates while still being luxurious enough to keep your baby warm in cooler places. Bedtime for babies can take a lot of time and attention away from an older sibling and this is a great way to get a big brother or sister involved!
Even very little big siblings can help entertain smaller ones. Simple and safe toys like the Kleynimals rattle consisting of stainless steel keys or the classic Sophie the Giraffe that squeaks allow the big ones to entertain a baby all on their own!
Get Their Game On Together!
There is a board game for every age and stage! Try Don't Dump Dumpty, which kids as young as two can play. In this game, Humpty Dumpty sits on a wall (what else?) and kids remove one brick at a time hoping he doesn't have a great fall on their watch. Other games siblings enjoy playing together are any that involve one of them getting a little wet and messy. Try a fun option like Egged On, a fun game of (fake) egg roulette in which siblings can break “eggs” with one another without knowing who will get surprised with a water-filled egg first. Someone into potty humor? Non-stop laughter will certainly be the result for any siblings when they see who will get sprayed with the “toilet water” first in Toilet Trouble.
Don't overlook classics like Connect Four or Junior versions of your own favorites like Monopoly and Life.
Let them cook & clean together!
Kids love to clean but parents worry about exposing kids to toxic chemicals. Baby Care by e-cloth’s collection of Chemical-Free Cleaning Cloths kids can clean to their heart's content without any chemicals. The Chemical-Free Cleaning cloth line tackles dirt, grim and messes and reduces 99% of bacteria on all the hard surfaces with just water and the cloth.
Big kids also like getting jobs to help cleaning after the baby. You probably want to leave diaper-duty to the grown-ups, but check out a cleaning brush like this 2-in-1 brush from Mii Sophie the Giraffe that has an extra-large handle good for smaller hands.
Kids also love kid-sized versions of adult-sized cleaning tools and a great way for kids to help clean-up together is the Melissa & Doug Let's Play House! set with a broom, mop, duster, and more so that multiple siblings can play together.
Everyone needs to eat! And it's more fun when siblings can whip up something delicious in the kitchen together (with your help, of course). Try a kit like the Kidstir Taco Truck Fun Kit where siblings will find out how to make three Mexican recipes, including Guac & Roll, Food Truck Tacos, and Arroz con Leche, discover fun facts about avocados and peppers, learn some Español, and practice menu math.
Maybe you like the idea of the kids cooking together, but you don't want to have to do the grocery shopping to make it happen. No problem. Baking kits from Red Velvet NYC come complete with nearly everything you need (even milk and butter!) to make amazing cupcakes and other baked goods. Once siblings whip up their baked goods together they will have a great time enjoying their treats.
Perhaps your kids should stay far away from the actual kitchen. That's okay. Let them get some practice for the big leagues with a toy like the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Sizzlin' Stovetop complete with a play cooktop, pans, utensils and more.
If your favorite siblings will be getting in the kitchen, everyone will feel a little more comfortable with a set of kid-safe tools. Check out Curious Chef for sets even very little sibling sets can use in the kitchen with little worry. There is even a kid cookbook from which siblings can choose their favorite kid-friendly recipes.
How will you help your little ones celebrate National Siblings Day?