Saturday, September 6, 2008

Family Night: Alphabet Party

"A...B...C...D...E...F...G...the alphaaabet was our Family Night theme!"

I didn't put too much thought into our Family Night this week. With the start of school, Grace being sick, and a multitude of other things going on, I didn't have much time to do any planning for it. So in trying to keep to my commitment of making Friday nights special for the family, I threw this together, kind of last minute. There were a few glitches. However, we still had another great night filled with laughter and togetherness.

For decorations I used a poster that I've had for years, some of the kids' alphabet blocks and alphabet magnets. For dinner we had bowls of alphabet soup. Actually, only the kids had alphabet soup. They love the stuff. Ick! And I used alphabet cookie cutters to make letter sandwiches.

While eating dinner, we took turns reading the Bible verses on the poster; it has a verse for each letter of the alphabet. We had some very good conversations come about while we read and discussed each of the verses. There was a lot of singing, also. It's amazing how many Bible verses the kids know because they sing them in songs.

After we cleared the table we played the alphabet game. "I'm going to a party and I'm going to bring..." We had so much fun and laughed so hard while playing this game. I was surprised at how well Grace and Jacob did with remembering all of the different items. Abby did a good job as her own little way. I think she would list 2 or 3 things that were actually on our running list.

For dessert I attempted to make some Jell-O Jiggler letters. They did not turn out very well.

Bill Cosby would be sad if he saw these:

They still tasted yummy though!

To finish off the night, I broke out the Play-Doh and let the kids use the alphabet cookie cutters to make Play-Doh letters.

Yes, I let my kids mix Play-Doh colors. I used to make sure the colors stayed separate vibrant hues. But, it was too much work! Alas, I've succumbed to the brown Play-Doh. There's just no stopping it.

So this was a quickly thrown together Family Night, but it was still much fun for the whole family!

Thanks, again, to Heather at Whittaker Woman for inspiring our Family Nights!


whittakerwoman said...

Great job! I must say every week is crazy and I feel like I don't have time or I should wait till the next week.Then after I do it I am so glad I did. H

~Crystal~ said...

You don't know just how happy I am that you are back to blogging! I have missed you & your way with words.
I can't believe just how much your kids have grown! I was shocked! I was expecting to see that baby girl....She's no baby anymore. But they are all still as gorgeous as ever.

Butterfly Mama said...

It's a futile battle. I tried to keep the colors separate too but it just wasn't as fun for any one!

Sounds like you've been having some successful family nights! I forgot to put you one my I'm all caught up!!!