Family Fun: Killer Candy Land

Family Fun: Killer Candy Land

The following is just complete nonsense. My 21 year old son, 16 year old daughty, and I played made this up one Sunday afternoon.  Obviously it's a little kid's game they wanted to play for nostalgia's sake. I groaned and complained it's so boring. So we agreed we would make it more interesting by calling it "Killer Candy Land." Here are the rules...

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Family Fun: Paper Mache (Papier Mâché) Masks

Family Fun: Paper Mache (Papier Mâché) Masks

Sunday afternoon the question was asked, "Are we doing anything?" Rather than letting the moment pass and all the kids scurry off to their own isolating activities I said, "I'm going to make a paper mache helmet. Who wants to join me?" Most scurried off, but I started my preparations anyway knowing that I would likely entice a kiddo or two once they saw what was going on. It worked! I snagged Molly and she made a cute mouse and I made an elephant. We had no idea what we were going to make until we started. Most importantly we had a great time together.

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Quick Bonding Activity: "All About..."


Occasionally, in church I like to pass around to each family member a piece of paper titled, "All About (Name): (Name) Is..."
And then let each family member add whatever kind observation about that person.

The benefits are simple and important: The writer is able to reflect on the good qualities of that person and the recipient gets to feel great and appreciated. It's a quick, simple, yet meaningful, way to feel connected and to further solidify the family bond and loyalty to one another. It's also interesting and fun to find out what each other notices about each other.

So today, I did one on myself as dad and one for the kids mom. Here's what we learned about each other from our kids.

"Hey Kids: Your Dad Is..."

  • From my daughter (14): "something, funny, goofy, dorky, 'smrat', Jonathin/Jonafat, creative."
  • From my son (16): "interesting, a good drawer, cool, a good sword fighter, good at helping with problems."
  • From my daughter (11): "strange, funny, smart, creative and helpful."
  • From my son (9): "smart, funny, weird, awesome."

"All About Mom: Mom Is..."

  • 16: "good food and laundry--he he--just kidding but really too, loving, caring, funny, a good dancer, can make my friends laugh."
  • 14: "she's prettyyyyyy :), silly , a good cook, good at shopping, distracted a lot, goofy, loving"
  • 11: "funny, nice, pretty, loving, dog loving, sweet, good cook."
  • 9: "she calls dad 'Pootie', she's pretty, funny, likes 'bunnies', best food ever!"

I don't know anyone who tires of hearing nice things said about them. You just can't over-appreciate someone, folks.

Give it a try and share how it goes for ya.

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