This was a very easy and fun Family Home Evening.
We thought of 5 things we can do each day to keep up spiritually safe. We wrote each one on a paper plate. (scripture study, prayer, being worthy of and listening to the Holy Ghost, keeping the commandments, repentance, …). You could add more, but I wanted us to help each other and be a little squished.
The first person laid the plate down and stepped on it. We made a trail and then the last person had to pick up the last plate and pass it forward to the front person.
We then tried to get across our driveway by only stepping on the paper plates. We have 7 people in our family, so we had to help one another along. When we got a little wobbly, huddling together, my husband decided to be an ‘unseen’ angel that helps us along our path.
I was out of town for April Fools Day, so I didn’t get the momentum I needed to pull off something grand.
So this is what my kids get surprised with this year…
I can’t wait for General Conference!
I made a poster for my children inspired from this blog:
and this one
She has the printouts as well.
I laminated it to make it last for several conferences.
My kids made some fun bookmarks. Most of them went to Grandma as gifts.
Take a photo of kids pretending to hang on to something, cut out their body (the least favorite part of the project), and laminate it. I used contact paper, but it wasn’t as clear to see their faces. I wish I had laminated it.
Punch a hole in the photo through their hands and thread a ribbon or bookmark tassel through. I found a bulk package of 25 tassels on eBay for a couple of dollars.
My kids gave most of the bookmarks away before I got a photo, so I’ve included some of our favorite photos we used instead of the actual bookmark photo.
I hid 40 Valentine pictures of me all around the house for the kids to find Valentines Day morning.
They found them in the fridge, poking up between couch cushions, in a jar in the pantry, tucked in a house plant, on the windshield of the car, in their homework folders, stuck on a mirror, … They loved running around finding them all.
You gotta make these marshmallow catapults! So much fun!
Wide popsicle sticks, water bottle or soda lid glued on one stick, and a bunch of rubber bands.
We had fun launching marshmallows and trying to catch them in our mouths, or some of my children wanted to guarantee catching a marshmallow so they launched them directly into their own mouths.
Big jumbo popsicle sticks
Lid from a water bottle or soda pop
Use a glue gun to attach the lid to a popsicle stick, leaving a little room on the end for your finger to push the catapult down before launching.
Put four or five popsicle sticks together and bind them on each end with rubberbands.
Stack these sticks:
the popsicle stick with the lid on it,
then the four or five stack–perpendicular to the top stick,
then another stick underneath that is parrallel to the lid stick.
Attach these together in the middle with a rubberband. I made my rubberband cross over the top.
Then have someone hold those sticks while you attach with rubbberbands the ends of the top and bottom sticks. Use multiple rubberbands if needed, and make it tight. Get some mini marshmallows and you’re all set to launch!
I doorbell ditched this on my porch when my husband was home.
He used the dart to pop each balloon to find the words I had put inside the balloons–
one word in each balloon asking him on a date.
He loved it.
Soon I will post my list of creative ways to ask out dates, like I did in high school.
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My Amazing Mother writes cards to her children and grandchildren for their birthday. Inside the card, she writes their name horizontally and writes some great things about the child with their letters of their name. Often it has characteristics of the child included.
Here is an example for the name Jane Smith:
We had a fun way to help kids to remember good manners. I got a little trophy and had the words “Marvelous Manners” put on it. (~$5 total). You can have anything you want put on it.
Every dinner, my husband and I would watch for someone who showed good manners and awarded them the trophy at the end of dinner.
They got to keep the trophy in their room for a day, until the next dinner. My kids LOVED it! And it really helped them to remember to be aware of their manners and chew with their mouths closed, stay in their seats, saying please and thank you, …
We had a Minute To Win It Party for my daughter’s birthday. It was a BLAST!
We played the games, usually without a stopwatch. We had teams compete to see who can accomplish the task first. Get your camera ready!
Divide the participants into teams. They all play Face the Cookie (with a prize for the one winner), then they play as teams with a few contestants to play each game. They can take turns who gets to play and may not even know what the contest is before they volunteer to play it.
We had these games:
Face the Cookie– Using only the face, move cookies from the forehead to the mouth.
Breakfast Challenge–Assemble the cereal box puzzle as fast as you can. (We timed this one and just had one puzzle).
Head Bowling—Keep feet together and swing orange to tip over water bottles.
Ping Pong Race–Using a measuring tape, set at 4 feet, send a ping-pong ball into a cup. It’s harder than it looks. You can change the measurements to make it harder.
Ping Pong Shake– Wiggle a box that is attached to your waist filled with ping-pong balls until the box is empty.
Bag This– Pick up paper bags of varying heights using only the mouth. Nothing can touch the floor except their feet when they are bending over.
This Blows– Player must continually blow up a balloon and expel the air from it to knock cups off of a table.
Ping-Pong Blow—Players blow off a ping-pong ball from a cup full of water into another cup.
Cotton Nose– Player must transfer cotton balls, 1 at a time from 1 serving bowl to another using only petroleum jelly on the nose.
Penny Hose– Player must remove 1 penny from each leg of a pair of panty hose using only their hands. They cannot pull at the nylons with arms or knees.
Stack ‘Em cups– Player must stack 10 plastic cups into a perfect triangle-shaped structure. Once that’s completed, player must get the cups back into a single stack.
I made a big poster for the scoreboard.
Then we finished the party with a Saltine War. Best. Game. Ever. Everyone plays.
Saltine War—Thread fishing line through the center of a saltine cracker and tie. Then tie the line to a belt loop (or around the waist if there is no belt loop) so the cracker hangs a couple of inches above the left knee (If they are left-handed, do it above the right knee). Everyone gets a ½ water noodle sword and are instructed to only hit legs as they try to break other people’s saltines before their own gets broken and they are out of the game. You may keep playing if you have any saltine hanging on your line.
For these games, you would need: cookies, nylons, tissue boxes (I attached them with strips of fabric through a slit in the back), a big box of ping-pong balls, cotton balls, petroleum jelly, pennies, paper bags, big red plastic cups, bottles of water (a case), and a few oranges. For the saltine war, you need fishing line, water noodles, and saltines.
Most of the supplies, you can reuse several times. So far, we’ve used them for multiple parties, group dates, and a few family reunions.
We had a Food Fear Factor with a bunch of vegetables we rarely eat or have never tried.
My kids could rate each food with a Yum, Okay, or Yuck.
I was pleasantly surprised to see my kids try everything I had brought!
They loved it and were surprised by which foods they actually liked.
Since then, my children have been more brave when it comes to trying new foods.
(My 8 year old now even tries to mix foods together. His latest concoction was pomegranate seeds on his chicken and rice.)
My kids LOVE to have a Restaurant at Home. I’m usually the Chef and the kids rotate turns on who gets to be the server. We do this about once a month, and it’s a great way to get rid of leftovers or clean out the freezer. Another bonus: my kids seem to have better manners at our Home Restaurant.
The rest of the family goes outside and then rings the doorbell. They are greated by the server who seats them and gives them a menu.
When it was my five year old’s turn, she wanted a picture menu so she could just circle what people wanted.
We usually have several main dishes and then a bunch of vegetables to pick from.
My 14 year old printed some coloring pages for the kids to color while they were waiting for their food.
It’s Date Night! Here is my list that I have added to for years.
1. Bake cookies
2. Visit an art gallery
3. Browse through a book store or the library
4. Go for a walk
5 . Volunteer at an animal shelter
6. Movie Night
7. Watch a movie at home and order take-out
8. Spa Night at home
9. Go biking
10. Go play on a playground at a park
11. Go hiking
12. Go tubing in a stream/river
13. Make kites
14. Have a 99 cent date…don’t spend more!
15. Eat dinner with odd utensils. Spaghetti is hilarious!
16. Make and take treats to neighbors
17. Take a dance class
18. Have dinner at a campground (or breakfast)
19. Play a board game
20. Run a 5K or do a relay
21. Double date with your parents
22. Have a ping pong or pool tournament, or darts
23. Go rollerblading
24. Picnic at a park
25. Have a water balloon fight
26. Have a whip cream war at a park –you each get a can a whipped cream
27. Bake bread together
28. Go out for breakfast
29. Go to a sporting event
30. Kidnap your date
31. Visit a hospital and cheer someone up
32. Sunrise hike and breakfast
33. Go horseback riding
34. See your city by bus
35. Play night games with friends
36. Go on a double date with siblings
37. Have a BBQ
38. Go to a children’s museum
39. Make homemade ice cream
40. Go to a concert
41. Lazer Tag
42. Go paintballing
43. Berry picking at a local farm
44. Day trip to a waterfall, visitor’s center, historic site, …
45. Try something you have never tried before
46. Egg or water balloon toss
47. Tandem bikes
48. Go play tennis
49. Boomerangs or Frisbees at a park
50. Disco roller skating
51. Ice block
52. Go on a helicopter or hot air balloon ride
53. Go for a walk in the rain, or go puddle jumping
54. Go sledding
55. Outdoor movie projected on your house
56. Carnival or amusment park
57. Go swimming
58. Go to a water park
59. Public Garden tour
60. Go to a zoo or an aviary
61. Indoor trampoline or gymnastics place
62. Go dance in a parking lot with music from your car
63. Have a Wii tournament
64. Star gazing or find out when the next meteor shower is in your area
65. Miniature golf
66. Go to a restaurant you have never tried before
68. Exercise together
69. Visit city fountains
70. Ski or snowboarding
71. Canoe or kayak together
72. Go water skiing
73. Habitat for Humanity—go build together
74. Ice Skating
75. Scuba diving
76. Golf or driving range
77. Take a factory tour
78. Play croquet in the dark with flashlights, or use glow stick necklaces as the hoops
79. Segway tours
80. Pizza party –make your own, as a group date
81. Take a class together (painting, photography, …)
82. Fondue party
83. Sundae making contest
84. Feed ducks at a park
85. Play volleyball
87. Rock climb
88. Recreate your first date
89. Progressive dinner with friends
90. Garden together
91. Cross Country skiing
92. Walk around a college campus
93. Play basketball
95. Wash your car together
96. Jet ski
97. Build a snowman
98. Go carts
99. Fly a kite
100. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a shelter
101. Have a cook-off with specific ingredients
102. Build a snowman
103. See who can find the best item under $10 at garage sales
104. Carve pumpkins
105. Go to an arcade
106. Batting cages
107. Watch homemade movies together
108. Go to the Drive-In
109. Find a DIY project to do together
110. Go to a play
111. Roast s’mores over a fire
112. Horse carriage through the city
113. Go to a farmer’s market
114. Go to a shooting range
115. Visit an orchard
116. Go to an air show
117. Give each other foot massages
118. Go camping
119. Go together to get a massage
120. Transform an old piece of furniture
121. Go to a farmer’s market
122. Petting zoo or a pet store
123. Geo caching
124. Go to a pottery class or sculpting class
125. Go to a hobby store and find something new to try
126. Have a theme night
128. Go on a nature trail
129. Visit a local bakery
130. Bring flowers to a Care Center
131. Decorate cakes or cupcakes together
132. Visit an aquarium
133. Make a list of things you love about each other
134. Go on a riverboat cruise
135. Do puzzles together
136. Rent a convertible for a day
137. Go to a comedy club
138. Potluck dinner with friends
139. Play racquetball
140. Visit a museum
I am constantly looking for fun things for kids to do, especially to prevent them from sitting in front of a screen (ipad, TV, computer,…) when they are bored. Here is one of my lists I keep around for my kids.
FUN THINGS TO DO FOR KIDS
fly a kite
make up a skit & videotape it
play with bubbles
play hide and seek
make a popsicle in the freezer using your favorite drink
bubble-gum blowing contest
catch 5 different kinds of bugs
read a book
help mom plan the weekly menu
feed the birds bread heels
make a puppet from a paper bag
wash your bike
find five really cool rocks
go to the edge of a golf course & hunt for golf balls
clean your bedroom closet
watermelon seed spitting contest
lay on the grass & look at clouds
re-arrange your room
play in a sandbox & dig a tunnel
get a tape measure & measure different things around the house
make a wish list of places you want to visit this summer
put together a puzzle
make a fort–with couch cushions, boxes, a table, bunkbeds…
have a picnic
make homemade ice cream
write a letter to a grandparent
get a group of friends together & play night games
write a letter to a cousin
make romper-stompers from cans and string
play in the puddles after a heavy rain
hide an “I love you” note under someone’s pillow
play with play dough
make something out of a toilet paper roll
make up a song & tape record it
make your own matching cards
what can you do with an egg carton
go on a walk
go to the library
make a macaroni necklace
catch a butterfly
play on the computer
make a collage of things freeze grapes for a snack
pop popcorn–go outside & see if you can catch a piece in your mouth
run through the sprinklers
fill up squirt bottles with water & have a water fight outside
cook something new
pick up trash in your neighborhood
watch a video
visit someone who is lonely
collect several leaves and make a leaf rubbing with crayons
play mail carrier with old junk mail from Mom
plant a seed–watch it grow
trace a friend onto large paper
draw a picture of something in your house
read about your favorite hero
get permission to pick flowers for a dinner centerpiece
paint your fingernails
start a collection of something
go to a movie
make up a dance routine
have a talent show
listen to music
start a club
look at family pictures
sit and think
go for a bike ride
spend time with your pet
eat a juicy fruit
make flash cards & practice math
play button, button, who’s got the button
play I Spy
paint with water on the sidewalk
pull ten weeds from your yard or garden
make a list of your ten favorite foods
draw your own comic strip
read a book to a younger sibling
shoot some hoops-play a game of horse
build something from blocks
play Cat’s in the Cradle with a piece of string
design future house
make paper windmills
make bookmarks — with stamps
make finger puppets
teach a song in a different language
clean liter in park
play with helicopter seeds
carve something out of soap
plant flowers / garden
make goodies for other people
In Massachusetts, it`s against the law to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
In Kentucky, there is a law that a person has to take a bath at least once a year.
In the state of Colorado, if your cat goes outside loose it has to wear a tail light.
In Massachusetts, no gorilla is allowed in the backseat of any car.
An Alaska law is that you can`t look at a moose from an air plane.
In North Dakota, it is illegal to lie down to sleep with your shoes or socks on.
In North Carolina, it`s against the law for cats and dogs to get in a fight.
In Arkansas, it’s against the law to mispronounce the name of the state (AR-kan–saw).
In Virginia, the law says that chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and have to be done before 4:00 p.m.