No matter what your age, painting is always fun. There are no rules~ so just have fun with it! Home made art is the best kind. You can make your own art gallery to display the talents of the family!
For the younger kids finger paints are the best. Kids love getting messy and using their hands. I found this great recipe for home made finger paint .
1 cup of cold water
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
Washable, nontoxic tempera paint
Finger-paint paper or freezer paper
Then get some paper and let them go nuts! You will love what they come up with!
For the older family members, go to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and get canvas, paints, brushes, and paper. You can get inspiration from art books or just let your imagination take over and paint an abstract. Whatever you choose it will turn out great, I promise!
This is such an easy and fun way to decorate for the holidays! Now everyone can have show their creative side. It is even cute to make them for other holidays. For Birthdays, Halloween, Easter and the 4th of July!
Almost any jar works for this project: Baby-food, pimiento, and olive jars are good choices. Look for plastic or ceramic figurines (metal ones are prone to rust) at flea markets and hobby or model-railroad shops. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores.
If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry.
Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don’t add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again — and let it snow.
Staying in with the Family can be terrible if you are all sitting around looking at each other. But staying in with the family when you have games, good food and music is a blast!
Sometimes it can be hard to find activities that your whole family can enjoy. Board games are a great idea that have been providing entertainment to families for decades. They are a cheaper alternative than going out to see a movie, show or sporting event, which can easily cost your whole clan well over $50 and the best thing is that family board games can be used over and over again!
There are literally thousands of different family board games out on the market these days, from old favorites to brand new titles you’ve probably never heard of. Whether you’re looking for strategy, trivia, or card games, there will definitely be something out there that will fulfill your family’s needs and provide hours and hours of fun.
Here are some Board Games that the whole family can enjoy! Some of our favorites are:
This website had great ideas on how/what games would be best for your family:
Classics The advantage to these is that everyone knows them, or almost — and they’ve stood the test of time. Check age gradings, but some suggestions are: Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Othello, Battleship, Boggle, Parcheesi, Operation, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Trouble, Sorry, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit. Many of these have special interest editions now.
Strategy Games These games are great for families that like a little more substance to their games. Often story-based, one of the best we’ve seen this year is Parthenon from Z-Man Games where players race to build their civilizations.
Multi-Faceted Games These are games that combine different kinds of skills. Great for diverse families where everyone gets a chance to shine. For older kids and adults, check out Cranium. Cranium Family Fun, Hoopla and Whonu? work for the whole family.
DVD Games Definitely one of the hottest trends in the whole game business Our favorite is Scene It? from Mattel in different versions that cover movies, TV, music, sports and Harry Potter. Pop in the DVD and you simply play along. Choose the version that’s right for the group you’re playing with.
Skill and Action Games For when you just want to have some silly fun. Try Captain Bones Gold from Spin Master, and Ker-Plunk from Mattel. These are great for kids with tons of energy, and the different outcomes keep families engaged.
It takes more than money to change lives, it takes heart, commitment, and above all, faith. AMG Guatemala is an organization that has recently become something of a pet cause in the Our Family Fun Night office. We love the work that they do, and want you to love it too!
Check out this organization: they are going into the country of Guatemala to provide much needed services, such as health check-ups at two recuperative nutrition centers for undernourished children during which they teach parents about nutrition. They also provide dental care at three clinics around the country, and have a revolving team that give Guatemalans access to specialized care such as vision and surgery. Many average citizens of the country just can’t afford or reach medical services, so AMG’s clinics and care are vital.
AMG Services Guatemala also helps children with education, operating 28 educational projects throughout Guatemala. When children participate in the education program, they not only receive a Christian-based education, they also receive breakfast and lunch. Parents are also able to join the education program with AMG’s School for Parents initiative, educating parents on healthy relationships and important life skills for families. It is inspiring to know that people care enough to help whole families be the best they can be through education.
AMG Services also offers aid during natural disasters, vocational education to help adults build marketable skills, and spiritual guidance to Guatemalan children who are at risk. It’s such an amazing thing that one organization can help people who really need it in so many ways.
At Our Family Fun Night, we cherish the opportunities to discuss the power of love and helping others during our own family nights. It is up to us to give our children the building blocks they need to grow up strong, not only physically but also spiritually. AMG Guatemala is one of the organizations our staff often use to discuss the importance of giving with our children.
Recently we learned about Blaine Tucker, a youth minister at the South Baton Rouge Church Of Christ. Blaine is doing the kind of work that we really aspire to and we hope that you do to. The thing that sticks out about Blaine’s ministry is that he reaches people at a crucial time in their lives, and tries to help them make a lasting change that will benefit them for many years.
A lot of ministers are good at getting their congregation pumped up and feeling good during a service or bible study, but Blaine goes deeper. In Blaine’s ministry, he helps teenagers find a deeper connection with Jesus that will grow as they do.
Investing in long-term growth is not as easy or fun as feeling good fast, but ultimately, it is the kind of work that really pays off. We hope that Our Family Fun Night gives our readers more than just quick entertainment or inspiration from time to time. A lot of our articles are merely fun, but following Blaine Tucker’s example, we want to also offer readers the kind of substance that contributes to life long growth.
We know that Blaine Tucker is just one of many great dedicated youth ministers in the world. Let us know about the youth ministers in your community and what they have done for you.
Over the past couple weeks, the Philippines have been struck by torrential rains and flooding from monsoons that have displaced many families, destroyed property and severely impaired access to food and medical care.
We have received several emails expressing concern for the effected families in the Philippines and requesting Our Family Fun Night to help raise awareness of the current need for disaster relief support in the region.
The AMG website contains a report from AMG Philippines National Director Hector Arana detailing the extent of the natural disaster in Manila and surrounding provinces. According to Hector there are approximately 2500 families in need of disaster relief support and the rain is still coming down.
In addition to destroying property and food, the rains are keeping many people from working.
We urge all Our Family Fun Night readers to give what you can to help families in the Philippines by donating to AMG Services International and designating your donation for the Disaster Relief Fund.