Game : Play Together
Balloon Bop is such a fun game for all ages! Great for the younger kids to begin learning cooperation, but also great for the older kids and adults to master their cooperation skills!
First you will need a balloon. Have the family stand in a circle, holding hands. Someone drops one balloon into the circle. The goal is for everyone to see how many times they can tap the balloon into the air (you may tap the balloon with hands, arms, heads, shoulders, chests, or knees—but NO feet), keeping it up in the air, without losing connection (everyone must continue to holding hands). In order for this to work effectively, your family has to work cooperatively, each of person making sure they are not letting go of each other’s hands. You will soon figure out that you must all move together, as a group, to make sure you do not lose connection. If the balloon falls to the ground or a someone taps the balloon with their feet, the count begins again. Once you’ve gotten the hang of things you can add to the fun by adding more balloons!
Outing : Serve Together
Chose a place to serve together as a family this month, you can do so much more TOGETHER. Make sure it’s something you can all cooperate and do together. Check out The Children’s Hunger Fund toy wrap or food backing days, volunteer to sort toys for Toy’s For Tots, help serve food at a soup kitchen, sort can goods at a food pantry, or partner with a ministry at your church that’s already serving in your community. Whatever you do, do it all together because no matter how big or small the family member is, you can all do more together than you can alone.
Recipe : Cook Together
Work together to make this simple no cook snack! Make sure everyone is gathered in the kitchen and assign different jobs to each family member. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish when you work together. Plus you get to enjoy a healthy yummy snack.
Apple Snacks Sandwiches (Makes 3 snack sandwiches)
1 tablespoon rolled oats
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
3/4 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon raisins or crasins
1 medium apple
Combine the oats and cinnamon in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring occasionally, until the oats are golden. Cool before using. Mix together the peanut butter and honey.
Core and slice the apple into 6 rounds. (If you don’t have an apple corer, you can slice the apple first and then cut out the centers with a small cookie cutter or knife.)
Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on 3 of the apple slices and sprinkle with raisins and oats. Top with the remaining apple slices to form sandwiches.
Craft : Create Together
Paper Mosaics are a fun and beautiful art project you can work together as a family to create. Instead of each family member creating their own mosaic, work together and create one large piece of art!
What You’ll Need:
White drawing paper
Colored foil (optional)
Wallpaper sample pages (optional)
Paper cutter (optional)
Step 1: Make a sketch of a scene on a piece of scratch paper. Fill the entire piece of paper with the scene (flowers, birds, fish, mountains, sunset, Turkey, Christmas Tree). When you are happy with your sketch, draw it again on the drawing paper.
Step 2: With scissors or a paper cutter, make 1/2-inch strips of the colored paper, foil and wallpaper samples. Cut the strips into small squares.
Step 3: Paste the paper onto the objects in your picture, and use the colors you have creatively. An apple, for example, can have many colors: light red, dark red, and red/brown that could be used to show shading.
Step 4: Place the squares as close together as possible, leaving white paper showing through to look as though the mosaics are embedded in plaster.
Step 5: When you are done with your picture, mount the finished work on a larger sheet of construction paper for display. And enjoy a job well done together.