Fun Family Home Evenings

Danielle - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I'm 21, married with 2 kids under 2. Our oldest is 22 months and our youngest is 7 months. I've kind of been a "laid back" Mormon since I was about 17 and I'm trying to get better about it. I need ideas for Family Home Evenings that all four of us (well, our 7 month old doesn't care right now) can enjoy and learn from. Any suggestions?

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Barbara - posted on 11/21/2012

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When the boys were under 2 years old it was very limited. I would basically play with them. The boys loved building blocks and those large puzzle pieces. We would watch a little bit of Thomas the Train at that age. We mostly just played. As the kids got older we would get the game boards out on Friday and Saturday night. Chutes and Ladders, Candy Lane, introduce them to memory cards. We were make popcorn and put the games on the coffee table and wear our pjs and just have fun.

Kadie - posted on 04/28/2010

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Before They Turn Twelve: Helping Children Gain a Testimony of the Lord's Standards (by Deborah Pace Rowley)

Great ideas and you can use it for any age! I have used the lessons for my kids and my nephews & nieces (all younger than my kids). You may not be able to do full lessons but just the habit is important.

Ruth - posted on 04/27/2010

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My littlest is about to start nursery, and we've been trying to use modified lessons from the nursery manual (you can get it online at lds.org). In the Conference Ensigns, there's usually a section talking about helping you kids get more out of conference, you might try that for ideas. They might have ideas in the Friend, as well (we don't get that one yet, so I'm not sure).



One activity my family had growing up was a variation on "Spin the Bottle;" we'd take an empty 2-liter bottle, sit in a circle. Someone would spin it, and the spinner would have to say something nice about whoever the bottle pointed to. Or the person pointed would have to say something they were thankful for. Or you could come up with your own ideas.

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