Having siblings is a great opportunity for kids to learn numerous life skills and social skills.
This is sometimes overlooked. However, interacting with siblings can be an excellent way for kids to learn about things from working together to problem solving to communicating with other people.
Skills that Siblings can Learn by Participating in Activities Together
Some examples of things that kids can learn by doing activities with their siblings include:
- Teamwork: how to work together with other people to accomplish a task
- Communication: how to talk to another person in an effective and healthy manner
- Problem solving: how to solve a problem including problems that involve more than one person or problems that could be solved by getting the help or advice of another person
- Compassion: how to be more considerate about other people
- Kindness: how to be helpful toward others; how to be more thoughtful toward others
- Theory of Mind: considering the perspective of another person
- Efficiency: getting something done more efficiently by working together
- Patience: how to become more patient
These are just some examples of things that kids can learn by participating in activities with their siblings. There are many more skills that can be learned in a sibling relationship, as well.
Example Activities that Kids can do with Their Siblings to Improve Social and Life Skills
Following are some examples of activities that kids can do that can help address the skills mentioned above.
Any of the activities mentioned may require parental supervision and guidance at first, depending on the abilities of the kids, but they can use the activity as an opportunity to work together and develop skills.
- Do a household chore that can be done with multiple people, such as cleaning the living room.
- Play a board game.
- Play a sport in the back yard.
- Groom their pet dog.
- Older siblings can teach younger siblings something educational (like math problems or reading to them).
- Make lunch.
- Do a puzzle.
These are just some examples of activities that can help improve the skills and abilities of kids who have siblings (or even kids who do these activities with other non-related peers).
What other activities could suit your family that might help your kids develop social and life skills?