family home evening kits are awesome. you put up a little bit of time and effort in the beginning, but your monday nights will be stress-free, structured, and pre-planned for a long time! and don’t feel like you only have to use each lesson once. save it for next year or even just a few months from now – just like the church manuals rotate through so we can be reminded of certain principles, family home evening lessons should also be used over again to remind us of different lessons that need to be learned and re-visited often.
one of the keys to having a successful family home evening is consistency. while this means holding your family home evenings on a consistent basis, i also think that for the most part, the structure of family home evening is important. (this doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a trip to the park or anything like that, but it is nice to know what to expect most nights.)
so, here is one way of setting up your family home evenings. use whatever family home evening resources you can, prep everything, put it nicely tucked away in a file folder (tape up the sides to keep any little pieces from falling out), and the next time you’re caught scrambling to find something to do on Monday night, whip one of these out for a fun learning activity and a great time spent with family.
the first thing you’ll need to include in your family home evening kit is an outline. this is the order in which you will follow your songs, lessons, activities, etc.
while they may vary slightly depending on how many activities you have and what kind of lesson you’ve included, they will be pretty close to the same every time:
- opening song
- opening prayer
- activity (for younger children)
- activity (for older children)
- closing song
- closing prayer
- a recipe for refreshments
click here to download the “put yourself in their shoes” game for the understanding those who are different fhe kit.
and last, but not least, refreshments or a special treat. this particular recipe needs to be made earlier in the day so it can cool down, but they are well worth it. everyone will love s’mores brownies - because just like when we make other people feel good about themselves, we feel so good we want to look for ways to do it s’more! ha.
click here to download the s’mores brownie recipe for the understanding those who are different fhe kit.
enjoy! and have a happy monday night!
p.s. this kits are great not only for family home evening, but for anytime you need to sub in primary or nursery (leaders – keep some in your cupboards!), or even just for keeping your kids entertained in sacrament meeting. i’ve often pulled out little games from my family home evening kits to throw into our church bag.
this is an outline that was given to me years ago but i’ve since made all the printables by myself. so if the original source is out there, thanks so much.