May is finally here! A new month is the perfect time to get creative! Are you ready to draw? Whether you use markers, pens, pencils, chalk, or crayons, drawing is a fun activity for the whole family. Do you need some drawing inspiration? Check out the following list.
Mother (Happy Mother’s Day in the USA. Draw a picture for your mom or mother figure in your life)
Earth Day, April 22, is only a couple days away. Engage in family activities to mark this year’s Earth Day. Are you looking for some ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day 2021 as a family? Check out the following suggestions.
Go Hiking: Get outdoors and go hiking. If you first starting out, research local hiking trails in your area. There are numerous trails for beginners. The easier trails are perfect for a family outing. Remember to take the necessary equipment, start slow, and enjoy the scenery.
Go for a Nature Walk: Another way to enjoy trails at local parks is going for a nature walk. Make a list of items you hope to see in nature. Play a game to find different types of animals, leaves, rocks, insects, plants, and more.
Plant Flowers: Buy seeds to plant flowers in pots or outdoors. For added fun, paint or decorate the pots before planting the seeds.
Bird Feeding Station: Create a bird feeding station in your yard. Add a bird bath, bird houses, and bird feeders to a safe area to attract birds.
Go Bird Watching: If you cannot set up your own back yard bird sanctuary, find a local park to search for birds in your area.
Join a Cleanup: Check out your local Earth Day community events and volunteer. Numerous areas are holding community cleanups. Join the cleanup effort as a family project.
Go for a Bike Ride: Dust off your bicycles and go for a ride.
Unplug: Shut off your computer and other electronic devices for an hour or the entire day.
Take Photos: Grab your phone or favorite camera and photograph the world around you.
Hug a Tree: Yes, seriously, hug a tree. Discover the different trees in your area. If the weather permits, take a picnic. Just sit and enjoy your time outdoors.
Make a Video: Document nature and the environment.
Make an Eco-Friendly Pledge: As a family make a pledge to do better for the environment, then come up with a list of ideas.
Did you know today, April 9th is National Unicorn Day? A legendary horse-like creature dating back to the 5th century, a unicorn has a single spiraling horn protruding out from the forehead. Are you wondering how to celebrate this incredible magical being? Check out the following ideas for celebrating National Unicorn Day.
Write a Story: Have you been considering writing a book centering around a unicorn. Today is the perfect time to write your unicorn story.
Write Your Child’s Story: If you have younger children, ask them to tell a story about a unicorn. Writing down or recording the story is a great keepsake. Who knows, the story may be the building blocks to a future novel.
Draw or Paint: Draw or paint a unicorn picture. Create a whole scene around your unicorn. For example, where does your unicorn live? What does your unicorn eat? What magic powers does your unicorn have?
Read A Book: Go to your local library or download a story about a unicorn. The story can be for yourself or read to your young children.
Do Crafts: Time to get creative. Modeling clay is a great medium to use to create a unicorn. Air dry clay is inexpensive and easy to use. Simply shape the clay into a unicorn, allow to dry, and paint. If you need additional crafting help, check out Pinterest for unicorn ideas.
Watch a Unicorn Movie: Turn National Unicorn Day into family night (yes, your cat counts as family). Do not forget to make your favorite treat or order pizza.
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy National Unicorn Day. Celebrate the simple unofficial holidays.
Easter is here. Are you ready? Did the holiday just sneak up on you this year? Well, do not worry there is still plenty of time to do last-minute activities for your entire family to enjoy. Check out the following list for inspiration.
1. Attend Church Services
Regardless of your religious background, attend a local church service. Many churches hold special services on Easter Sunday. The church may have special readings, singing, plays, and children’s events. Just remember to check the church’s website or Facebook page before going. The church may have social distancing and other restrictions in place.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, numerous churches are holding virtual services if you do not want to attend church. Attend a church service right in your home, you can even watch while eating breakfast.
2. Color Easter Eggs
Yes, you can buy a kit. Or you can use food coloring from your baking supplies. Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity. Mix different colors, make patterns or add designs. Coloring eggs is a long-standing Easter tradition.
3. Easter Egg Hunt or Scavenger Hunt
Whether you use your dyed eggs or hide plastic ones, an Easter egg hunt is fun for everyone. Now to make the hunt more interesting for older children, turn the activity into a scavenger hunt. Provide clues to your hidden eggs or Easter baskets.
4. Easter Meal
Find a way to make your meal special for Easter.
Sit together at the table. Bring out your good dishes, add candles, make an Easter centerpiece, or add flowers. Remember to turn off your devices.
Add a special dessert.
Bake the meal together as a family.
Order in from a nearby restaurant.
Have a picnic.
Just enjoy your time together as a family.
5. Family Night
Turn your Easter into family night. Eat leftovers or order pizza.
Watch movies together. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974) is always a great family show to watch.
Spring is here. Flowers are starting to bloom. Days are slowly growing longer. The nicer weather is perfect for being outdoors and taking pictures. Whether you use your phone or a camera, use your imagination to create beautiful images.
Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following photo prompts for April.
Easter is the perfect time to get creative. Drawing is one of the simplest ways to bring out your inner artist. In fact, with a few inexpensive tools, drawing is a great activity for the entire family to enjoy.
Yes, using crayons on paper is a wonderful way to create an original Easter masterpiece. But do not limit your creativity. Draw on other materials including construction paper, sandpaper, poster board, and boiled eggs. A hard boil egg is the perfect canvas for your Easter creation.
Now, what to draw? Consider the following drawing prompts for Easter.
3. Easter Bunny
4. Easter Eggs (Drawing different patterns, use multi-colors, or add names)
Why draw? Spending time drawing enhances creativity, reduces stress, improves coordination, and boosts self-esteem. February is the perfect time to create. Dust off your drawing pencils or buy new ones. Keep in mind, expensive supplies are not required to begin. Buying basic number two pencils and drawing paper at your local dollar store is a great way to start. If you some inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for February.
Drawing or doodling is a great creative outlet for all ages. If you are spending more time indoors due to social distancing or wintry weather, drawing can easily turn into a family activity. Do you need inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for January.
Door, Lock, & Key
3 Similiar Items
3 Different Items
Try experimenting with different drawing instruments. Markers, crayons, pencils, colored pencils, chalk, charcoal, or paint pens yield diverse results. But remember, above all, have fun.
Who is ready for 2021? Last year at this time, no one knew how 2020 would play out. The year has been full of challenges. Now, 2021 is almost here. The obstacles are still present, but hope and vision for a better year are on the horizon.
Like most of the year, staying home with your family is your plan for New Year’s Eve. Use the evening for quality time, host a family fun night. Make ringing in 2021 a celebration for your whole family to enjoy.
Ways to Enjoy New Year’s Eve With Your Family
Your New Year’s Eve celebration does not need to be elaborate. With a little planning, you can easily turn your evening into a long-lasting memory.
Food for your New Year’s Eve should be your family’s favorites. The holiday only comes once a year. So, time to have some fun. Do you need some food ideas? Check out the following list to help you plan for your New Year’s Eve family night.
Pizza: Who doesn’t love pizza at parties? Order your favorite pizza. Or make homemade pizzas together to fit everyone’s exact tastes.
Finger Food: Make finger sandwiches. Even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into fours are an excellent treat for New Year’s Eve.
Sweets: Serve special treats for your New Year’s Eve family night. Bake cookies, brownies, or other family favorites.
Celebration Cake: Buy or make a 2021 cake. The cake does not need to be fancy. A simple cake with white frosting and 2021 written in bright-colored frosting is perfect.
Ice Cream: Buy your favorite gallon of ice cream or two. Create a sundae bar with different topping choices, including whipped cream, syrups, nuts, candy sprinkles, marshmallows, and cherries. Allow everyone to create their own sundae masterpiece.
Serve different family-friendly drinks for the evening activities. Of course, water should always be on the menu. But consider sparkling cider or punch for a midnight toast. Homemade hot cocoa is another delicious idea to add to the celebration.
Plan various family fun activities leading up to midnight.
Games: Play board or card games. Sitting together and talking is great for quality family time.
Video Games: Multi-player games are perfect for a New Year’s Eve family fun night.
Do Crafts: Make paper crowns or silly hats out of construction paper for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Create themed decorations to display.
Movies: Binge-watch your favorite movie or series until midnight.
Scavenger Hunt: Hide clues throughout your home to lead to a final treasure. Plain white envelopes work well for this activity. Place a note with enough information to lead your searchers from one clue to the next. The final treasure can be a special treat, coupons for future activities, or, depending on your children’s age, cash.
Make Unforgettable Memories
The best part about spending New Year’s Eve at home is making memories.
Photo Booth: Create a photo area. Use a blanket, sheet, shower curtain, or large piece of material for a backdrop. Place different props out, including hats, crowns, beads, scarves, and cardboard cut-outs. The accessories can be homemade, or go to your local dollar store to find items. Make a point to take pictures every hour leading up to midnight. The sillier the photo, the better; remember to print your photos to place into a 2021 scrapbook.
Time Capsule: Create a time capsule. Ask your family or friends questions. For example, what do you want to do when you grow up? The question is simple. But when opening the time capsule the following year or two, you may find the answer amusing or inspiring. Place photos, stories, or other memorabilia into your time capsule. Yes, a shoebox works as a time capsule.
Make Memory Cards: Index cards work well for this type of activity. Ask each of your family members to write out favorite moments in 2020. You may need to help younger children. Encourage drawing. Each card is a perfect addition to a scrapbook or photo album.
Regardless of how you celebrate, enjoy the evening with your family. You only get to ring in 2021 once in your lifetime.
Is this the first time hearing the word Christingle? Are you asking yourself, “what exactly is a Christingle?” Well, before you start searching, continue reading about the long-standing history of Christingle.
Christingle is a symbolic way to celebrate the Christian faith. Dating back to the mid-1700s, Christingle was part of a German worship service. Representing Jesus bringing light to the world, John de Watteville, a minister, gave each child a lighted candle with a red ribbon.
In the late 1960s, Christingles became popular in England. Generally, Christingle services are held the week before or part of Christmas Eve services. Due to the pandemic, Christmas 2020 is going to be different. But you and your family can try new things. Making a Christingle is a wonderful new tradition to begin.
How to Make a Christingle
Are you wondering how to make a Christingle? The activity is simple; however, each piece has a specific meaning.
List of Needed Items
Orange: The base of the Christingle is an orange or tangerine representing the whole world.
White Candle: Standing tall and straight, the white candle represents God giving light to the world.
Red Ribbon: Tying the ribbon around the orange represents the blood of Jesus and dying on the cross.
Four Skewers or Toothpicks: The four toothpicks represent North, South, East, and West. They also represent the four changing seasons. If you use skewers, you can fit more pieces of fruit and candy on to your stick.
Pieces of Dried Fruits: In addition to dried fruit, you can use nuts, miniature marshmallows, and sweets. The items represent the fruits of the Earth.
In addition to the list above, you will need tin foil. The tinfoil is a precautionary measure to prevent the dripping candle wax from getting into the orange’s interior.
Next, you start the task of creating your own Christingle. Younger children will need help with the first step. Slicing the top of your orange makes a hole large enough to fit your white candle’s base. Before pushing the candle down into the orange, cover the opening with foil.
When your base is complete, set aside. Now begin to place the dried fruits or other sweets onto the skewers. Repeat this step four times.
Now, push the four skewers into the orange. Place the skewers on each side to create a balanced appearance. Finally, wrap your piece of red ribbon around the orange and tie it into a bow. Congratulations on finishing your first Christingle.
Staying close to home for the holidays is the time to do family crafts. Have fun making Christingles. Light the candles to take a photo in front of your tree on Christmas Eve. (Always practice safety procedures when using candles).
Make extras to give away. Just remember, do not cut the hole into the orange until you are ready to give your Christingle to the intended person.