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As the kids get older and all of our schedules get busier we have found it harder and harder to find time where all four of us are in the same spot. Does that happen at your house? When I was growing up we had dedicated family time both on Sunday afternoons after church and Monday nights after 6pm, or what we would call “Family Night.” I distinctly remember many Sundays gathered around the table at my grandmother’s house (I was fortunate to grow up just down the street from nearly all of my extended family). At church I would always whisper into her ear “can we come to your house for dinner? Don’t tell my mom I asked you!” As I think about that now it makes me laugh. It was literally EVERY Sunday! Like my mom didn’t know I was putting her up to it each week! Monday nights were spent teaching little gospel lessons, eating yummy treats and reading scriptures. This dedicated time spent with family is definitely the reason I have such close relationships with my aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, grandparents and siblings today.
From the time they were just little, we have tried to continue this same tradition with our kids. Recently we have tried to take things one step further. After a talk I listened to a few months ago entitled “Good, Better, and Best” I realized that I could take that family time we were spending on Sunday afternoons after church and instead of just calling it family time while we watch TV, we could make it a little bit better by turning off the electronics and engaging in more interactive family fun. The video games are now turned off and we have become different kinds of gamers…board gamers!
Game night is always more fun with something yummy to eat, so while I was at Walmart I picked up some M&M’s® Milk Chocolate and M&M’s® Peanut. We planned on playing Jenga game this weekend, but I was also talked into buying Twister game by a teenager who insisted it would be hilarious to play as a family. He was right. 😉
My little crafter and I spent some time together coming up with a fun DIY that we could make together and that would be a fun addition to our game night table. These game piece coasters take just minutes to make, are super cute and useful, and would make a cute gift for any gamer you know.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Cork (you can buy actual cork coasters or just a cork sheet and cut it down to whatever size you like)
Game pieces (we used Scrabble pieces, you can find replacement bags of 100 tiles on sold by Hasbro)
Thick White Tacky Glue
Step 1: Coat your cork coaster with white tacky glue. (I just put a big blob on the coaster and rub it around with my finger)
Step 2: Place letter tiles on top of the glue, covering the cork coaster
Let the coasters dry for a few hours and then they are read to use and adorn your game table! How easy is that?
They look super cute wrapped up to give as a gift too, and would be a fun idea for neighbors, teachers and fellow gamers…
These game nights give our family such quality time together. The kids talk and laugh about things and tell us stories that we would probably never hear if we just spent time passing each other in the hallway or watching TV on the couch. DO you have a favorite game you like to play? What are some fun ways that you guys like to spend time together as a family? I am always on the look out for more fun ideas!