Monday, March 22, 2010

WORD family night

WORD Family Night

Purpose:
In this family night (or day) adventure, we are going to explain how the Bible can help us make decisions about life!

Focus Scripture:

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

What to Do:

FOOD
First, I suggest making a fun meal as a family.  Generally I like to make themed meals.  Since this theme is about the Word, let me suggest Alphabet Food Night!

During alphabet food night, make as many foods as you can using letters of the alphabet.

My suggestion:  Alphabet soup with apples and peanut butter, raw veggies and dip, and bread.  For dessert make a healthier banana split sundae

Apple slices
Celery Sticks
Carrot sticks
Green Pepper slices
French Break
Peanut Butter
Ranch dressing
Soup (Alphabet soup, no less)

For Dessert: Bananas, Strawberries, Yogurt, granola, pineapple chunks, cherries, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream!

Another option would be to pick one letter—say S—and make a meal of only things that start with that letter:
Spaghetti with squash and salad with strawberries for dessert.

Be creative and let your children help out in coming up with the menu.  And let your children help prepare the meal (even little ones will love putting forks on the table or washing produce) and clean up afterwards.

FUN
The main activity for the night is an obstacle course. 

Prior to starting family night, find a room and set up an obstacle course using ropes, blankets, furniture, boxes, pillows, etc.  Some ideas are to hop from one pillow to another, go through a blanket tunnel, crawl over a chair, etc.  Make the course appropriate for the age-level.

To do the obstacle course:
  1. Show your children the course with the lights on.
  2. Have your children go through the obstacle course IN THE DARK.  Time them.
  3. Now give your children a flashlight and have them go through the course with the light on.  Time them again.
  4. Discuss which was easier and why.
  5. Explain that God’s Word, the Bible, is like a flashlight because it guides us as we go.  It gives advice, helps us know what to prepare for, encourages us, and helps us not to be afraid.
  6. If your children want to, have them go through the course again just for fun. 


Other Activities:
There are lots of other fun “word” activities you can do, especially with older children.
  • Play Scrabble
  • Do Mad Libs
  • Go on an alphabet scavenger hunt (find one object for each letter of the alphabet).


THE END
Memorize the family night verse.
Pray together as a family.

About family night:

In my home, family night is an intentional time of fun and togetherness dedicated to learning about Jesus.  Not your style?  You can omit the Bible verses and discussions and enjoy the food and activities.

7 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! We'll have to try this for one of our Family Night's.

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  2. This is a great idea. Thank you for posting it. I have been trying to think of different ways we can teach the girls about God. We will definitely try this one!

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  3. If you gals try it and like it, let me know. If you think something need tweaked, share that too!

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  4. Fun! We need to do more family night things like this.

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  5. Really cute family night idea, I know my kids would love them obstacle course. Its always good to have new ideas to help kids understand God's word.

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  7. Hey Reagan!
    I think I told you that we did this family night before. Zane had to do the obstacle course over and over. For older kids, it is fun to wait to share the verse. Have them do the obstacle course in the dark, first, and then with a flashlight. Then, read the verse. Finally, ask questions to have older kids get the point. Which way was harder to do? Why? How is going through the obstacle course without a light like going through life without God and His Word? How is going through the course with a flashlight like going through life with God's Word and His help?

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