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.
Life can be confusing, complicated and sometimes just too much to digest without the help of others. Finding the time to make the most of work, leisure and family can be a tough task. When things start to get a little hectic, knowing you can seek some help and guidance is sometimes all you need to get things back on track again.
Here at Our Family Fun Night we recently discovered ‘Ministry Mondays’, a self-help radio show co-hosted by Scott Tucker and Brian Hackney. The show is broadcast on NBBRadio.com on Monday’s at 10.30am and 10.30pm CST and is just the thing for people seeking a little guidance. The show combines thoughtful analysis with in depth advice and is positively uplifting and thoroughly helpful.
Realizing there are others out there juggling the same fears and concerns is not only reassuring, but can help people stop feeling so isolated and lonely. Co-hosts Scott Tucker and Brian Hackney offer advice, tips and spiritual guidance to listeners on a broad range of topics, although they mainly specialize in family values, relationships and life lessons. The success of the show hinges mainly of the rapport that Tucker and Hackney have on air. Their ability to combine practical coaching advice with compassion and realism is one of biggest reasons why the show has become so success it is.
According to Scott Tucker’s website the Scott Tucker and Brian Hackney first met while serving on the leadership team of a local men’s ministry in East Texas, and after realizing they had a certain chemistry Scott interviewed Brian for one of the very first ‘Ministry Mondays’ shows. Since then the pair have developed a successful on air platform for helping people work through their family, personal relationship and life coaching issues.
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.
AMG Services Inc. recently posted an article on their site explaining why they endorse the Children’s Miracle Network and announcing their contributions to the organization. AMG Services is providing great leadership with their contributions and we came up with some fun ideas to get the whole family involved in raising much needed funds for sick children.
The Children’s Miracle Network has been working to provide medical care to young people around the world since 1983. While Children’s Miracle Network spans the globe, each Children’s Miracle Network operates independently on a local level. AMG Services pointed out some of the unique features of CMN that prompted them to donate. We think that AMG raises some good points that we urge you to consider.
AMG points out that all funds raised by a Children’s Miracle Network partner stay at the local level. This means that when you raise money for a CMN partner in your community, the money stays in your community, instead of going to a national or international office. Another great things about CMN that makes them worth donating to is that all CMN overhead costs are underwritten by local and national sponsors, which allows for 100% of donations to go towards helping improve the health of children. So when you donate to CMN you know that you’re making a difference.
It’s great for businesses like AMG Services to donate to CMN, but how can families get involved? Here are some ideas for fund raising activities that community members can organize to raise money:
Hold a banana eating contest or hot dog eating contest. Competitors can find sponsors and collecting pledges based on how many bananas they can eat.
Gaming contest: contestants pay to enter a video game contest and the proceeds are donated to the CMN.
Veggie basketball: hold a free-throw contest, but instead of basketballs, use produce such as lettuce and melons.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with traditional fund raising activities like 5k’s and golf tournaments, but we think that kid friendly activities like the ones we listed are the best way to get the whole family involved in raising money for a good cause. What other fun and wacky fund raising ideas can you come up with?