Spending quality time together as a family allows limitless opportunities to grow and nurture sibling and parent relationships. You don’t have to spend big bucks to do it, either. With three young children, my husband and I are often trying to find family night activities that don’t cost money and still allow opportunities for us to interact. This winter, consider these four weeks of free family night activities in your home.
Week One: Craft Night
If you don’t consider yourself crafty, don’t despair. A predisposition to all things arts and crafts isn’t required for family night! My daughters absolutely love creating snowflakes out of white printer paper. Simply fold the paper into quarters, and while still folded, use scissors to cut out various shapes and designs. Unfold for a symmetrical snowflake, perfect for taping to the inside of windows this winter. Get really crafty and use glitter glue or silver glitter to add some sparkle to your snowflakes. Play holiday music, and your family craft night is complete!
Week Two: Movie Night
Family movie night is more about the mood you create than what you watch-it doesn’t have to be a rented film or the newest release. Find a family favorite (seasonal or otherwise) and hunkering down in the family room to watch. Dim the overhead lights and string some holiday lights up to help set the mood. Bring down sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets galore to help you get comfortable as you enjoy a classic or family favorite. Make popcorn to eat or string it up for your Christmas tree, instead!
Week Three: Game Night
Family game night is a highlight of the week for many families, so make time to add at least one game night into your schedule this winter. Instead of pulling down board games for family game night, consider old favorites that you might never have shared with your children. Charades is a great choice, and everyone can help put some ideas of things to act out into the hat. Or, try traditional card games like Go Fish, Old Maid, or Crazy 8s. These games don’t cost you anything and provide opportunities for family togetherness.
Week Four: Book Night
Depending on the age of your children, you can structure family book night in a variety of ways. With young children, consider letting everyone do a read-aloud or a picture walk through their favorite book. With older children, consider a book club. Give ample time during the preceding weeks for everyone to read, and then set up a book club on family night. Provide simple snacks and discussion questions about the book, and give everyone a chance to participate.