• Game : The Giving Game

    You’ll need a pencil and paper for this game. One person should volunteer to go first. At the top of the paper, have person number 1 write down one nice thing a person can do for someone else (example: “I can make cookies for my neighbor”). Don’t let anyone else see the phrase.

    Person #1 then passes the paper to their right. Person #2 will read the phrase then fold the paper over so no one else can read what is written. Person #2 then gets 1 minute to draw a picture that depicts the phrase.

    Person #2 then passes the paper to their right. Person #3 looks at the picture and writes down what they believe the original phrase was. This pattern of writing and drawing continues until the paper goes all the way around the table and ends up back in front of person #1. At the end have person #1 show and tell the “book” you have now created.

    NOTE: If you have one or more players who cannot read yet, simply put them in between two players who can. If the young player gets passed a sentence, have the person who wrote the sentence whisper it in their ear so they can draw the picture from that. If the young player gets passed a drawing, ask them to whisper their guess for the sentence to the person on their right.

  • Outing : Giving Your Time

    The holidays can be stressful for anyone, and especially on a family with a new little one. Trying to make the holidays special with a baby isn’t easy. As a family be generous with your time and offer to babysit for a family with little kids. Because of your generosity they can have a night out together or maybe get some last minute gift shopping done without babies in tow. Make sure you take care of everything for them, offer to babysit at your home so they don’t have to worry about their house being clean. Make sure to take care of dinner for the kids so they don’t have to think about feeding them before they leave. Offer to wrap presents for them or help in any other way you can. Giving a new family a night off will be HUGE in their lives, and with your whole family pitching in the evening shouldn’t be too hard! (you’ll probably be thankful for your big kids!)

  • Recipe : Giving Bread

    This yummy bread is the gift that keeps on giving. You’ll keep on coming back for more! You can make this delicious pull apart bread for a friend, but you may want to make two so you can keep one for yourself.

    2/3 cup granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    4 cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
    10 tablespoons butter
    1 cup packed brown sugar


    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 12-cup fluted tube pan.

    Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in 1-gallon bag. Separate dough into biscuits; cut each in quarters (a pizza wheel works really well for this). Shake biscuit quarters in bag to coat; place in pan. Sprinkle any extra sugar mixture over biscuits. In 1-quart saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to boiling over medium-high heat; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour over biscuit quarters.

    Bake 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Turn upside down; pull apart to serve.

  • Craft : Giving Tree

    Pull out that basket of pinecones you have in your garage or go collect some for this fun generosity craft project. Create beautiful ornaments using glitter, paint, glue, sequins, pom pom etc. Using your pinecone ornaments decorate a tree in your yard or set up an artificial tree. Place a sign on the tree that says “The Giving Tree, please take one”. As the ornaments disappear create some more and enjoy this season of giving.