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Dr Lachlan Soper of Sydney, Australia Shares Ideas for One-on-One Time With Your Kids

Dr Lachlan Soper, based in Sydney, Australia, lists a few ideas for one-on-one time with your kids.

By Dr Lachlan SoperPublished 10 months ago 3 min read

One-on-one time with your kids is a great way to strengthen your relationship and create lasting memories. Spending time together doing activities that you both enjoy can be a fun and rewarding experience. In this blog, we will explore a range of activities you can do with your kids to create special one-on-one time:

  1. 20 questions
  2. Air Hockey
  3. Backgammon
  4. Bake cookies
  5. Balloon volleyball (indoors, make sure balloon doesn’t hit floor)
  6. Bike riding
  7. Blindfold game (cover eyes and guess what’s in your hand)
  8. Cards – eg: 500, 21
  9. Cricket
  10. Cathedral (board game)
  11. chess
  12. Coloring / drawing
  13. Connect 4
  14. Creating a marble run
  15. Dance party • Disc golf
  16. Dobble
  17. Frisbee
  18. Geocaching
  19. Go to their room and hang out
  20. Gymnastics in the back yard
  21. Have them teach you something they know how to do, but you don’t
  22. Hide and seek
  23. Kayak
  24. Lego
  25. Marbles
  26. Nature walks
  27. Netball
  28. Painting nails
  29. Photo books (go through family photos)
  30. Photo scavenger hunt
  31. Play board games
  32. Play instruments (or have them teach you theirs)
  33. Puzzles
  34. Reading together
  35. Research something you don’t know
  36. Ring toss
  37. Rock Climbing
  38. Rock. Paper. Scissors.
  39. Rubik’s cube
  40. Run
  41. Selfies—using apps to make faces funny
  42. Scavenger hunt (great party idea)
  43. Soccer
  44. Shoot hoops
  45. Stand Up Paddleboarding
  46. Swim – Go to the beach/park/pool
  47. Table soccer
  48. Table tennis
  49. Tennis
  50. Throw balls / discusses / shot puts
  51. Touch football
  52. Trace each other with chalk on the driveway
  53. Trampoline
  54. Tracing letters (on your back, then you guess which one they wrote)
  55. Uno
  56. Volunteer somewhere it’s needed
  57. Walks / Go to a dog park if you have a dog
  58. Watch movies, classics or cult
  59. Word searches
  60. Would you rather? (Questions like WYR eat a bug or eat a raw egg)
  61. Write a story: you write a line, they write a line
  62. Yoga poses in the back yard
  63. 5 second rule
  64. Play 15 (variant on tip and hide and seek)
  65. Earliest memory. Scariest moment. Funniest moment.

Make Sure Your Child Enjoys Themselves

Choosing an activity that your child will enjoy can be a challenge, especially if you have different interests. However, there are several things you can do to increase the chances that your child will enjoy the activity you choose. Here are some tips:

Involve Your Child in the Decision-Making Process

Ask your child what activities they are interested in and what they would like to try. This can help to ensure that the activity is something they are excited about and looking forward to.

Consider Your Child’s Personality and Interests

If your child is outgoing and loves to be active, they may enjoy activities like sports or dance. If your child is more introverted and enjoys quiet activities, they may prefer reading, painting, or other creative pursuits.

Start Small

For example, if your child is interested in playing a sport, sign them up for a beginner’s class. This can help to build their confidence and skills before moving on to more advanced levels.

Make it Fun

No matter what activity you choose, it’s important to make it fun for your child. This can mean incorporating games, challenges, or other activities that make the activity more engaging and enjoyable. By making the activity fun, your child will be more likely to enjoy it and want to continue.

Be Positive and Supportive

Finally, it’s important to be positive and supportive throughout the activity. Encourage your child, provide positive feedback, and celebrate their successes. This can help to build their confidence and make the activity a positive experience.


One-on-one time with your child is an impactful and engaging way to strengthen your relationship and create lasting memories. Whether you are playing air hockey, baking, playing cricket, having a dance party, geocaching, watching a movie, painting, or reading together, there are many fun and rewarding activities that you can do together. By planning special activities with your child, you can create a strong bond and build lasting memories that will stay with both of you for years to come.


About the Creator

Dr Lachlan Soper

Dr Lachlan Soper, based in Mosman, Sydney, Australia, is a General Practitioner at Avenue Road Medical Practice. Lachlan Soper is a caring general practitioner to his patients, a committed cyclist, and a father to his three children.

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