Sunday, October 5, 2008

Family Home Evening

Today- just a quick idea for a Family Home Evening lesson- for little ones.

Last week Hatrick was in charge of our Family Home Evening lesson. I made a game "Love One Another" a year ago and it is still one of his favorite lessons to give.

I originally made this game to encourage my children to speak kindly and be nice to one another. As you can see- it's not fancy.

Basically- you start on any spot on the board. Everyone picks a starting point and take turns rolling the dice and moving that many spaces along the board.

If you land on a heart- you get to take a heart from the middle. If the space you land on has directions, you do what it says. (Things like "Give someone a hug", "Say something nice to someone", "Took turns with your scooter take a heart", "Shared your ice cream with a friend take a heart", etc..)

Keep rolling and moving around the board until all the hearts are gone. Under the hearts is a picture of Christ and it says, "Jesus says love everyone".

Normally we just use buttons as the game markers- Hatrick wanted to spruce them up. So we punched out images from some scrapbook pages and glued them onto buttons. I thought they turned out cute- and he felt like he contributed to "preparing the lesson".

It's a simple activity- but it generates good feelings as brothers compliment brothers and they all elect to hug me. :0) Often we have to play more than once. I have a couple sons that don't like it if Mom and Dad haven't had a chance to compliment them.

Just thought I would share. I know it can be challenging at times to come up with lessons weekly.

I added another craft to the Christmas file... I'm just going to sneak them in... here and there... so keep your eye on the file "Handmade Christmas Projects". I am loving- surfing the web and trying to find cute projects.

I know it's only October. But it's never too early... right?

3 comments:

The Crash Test Dummy said...

You are killing me, girlfriend. HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL? You should be mom of the month. :)

Great idea! I'll send my boys over tomorrow night. ha ha

emily said...

That is really cute! I agree! You should be mom of the month!

Amanda said...

I'm ashamed...I JUST found this exact game that you made for us and shipped to us a long time ago. We will be using it, now :) It's definitely more relevant as my kids get older.

Thanks! I do appreciate it :)

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