Each Monday night we do Family Night here at the blue house. That means we sing songs, have a short lesson of a spiritual or 'life skills' nature, do an activity, share treats, and pray. I have really little children (4 and 2 years old), so for our 'lesson' portion we have a maximum of five minutes!
I like to do something memorable for our Family Night lessons, but I don't do anything elaborate. In other words, I like it to be cheap, and easy to prepare.
Here are three simple (super simple!) ideas for your file. I am LDS, but these lessons could fit easily into any Family Night--religious or not.
1. Plant a Seed of Faith
Talk about faith with your children. (Bible reference: Hebrews 11, James 1. Book of Mormon reference: Alma 32). Help them understand that faith is to believe in something even if they can't see it. Help them plant a seed. Discuss how they must care for the seed, but in the end, they must have faith that the plant will grow. (Thanks to my cousin, Christina, for this idea!)
2. Special Edifices
For this lesson, we talked about Mormon temples. We looked at pictures of them and talked about why they are special and sacred. You could talk about any special buildings--churches, cathedrals, mosques, etc. In fact, you could talk about your home--how it is special, how it should be cared for, and how everyone inside should feel safe and loved. Then, for the treat, we made Peanut Butter Blossoms and called them temple cookies. I realize this is a bit of a stretch, but my little ones thought the Hershey kisses made perfect steeples!
3. Let Your Light So Shine
For this lesson, we read from the New Testament--Matthew 5:16. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." We talked about being good examples, being kind, and serving others. Then, I gave each of the boys a glo-stick, equating those little lights to the good examples we can be. Then we turned off the lights and they had a ball navigating their way through the house in the dark, using just their glo-sticks for light. It was a major hit!
I hope you can tuck these ideas away and that they will be helpful to you!
p.s. Have simple Family Night ideas you'd like to share on Bloom?
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