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January Family Activities

Whether you have 20 minutes or two hours to spend with your kids this month, these fun activities — like fun recipes to celebrate National Pizza Week or ideas for how to make your Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday count — will help you embrace this season of life together! Our January Family Activities page is available now, so click here to let the fun begin!

eKidz Family Activities are a monthly collection of seasonally-themed crafts, recipes, and games your family can try out together. If you see one or two (or five!) that look fun for your family, click the link or scan the QR code in the document to be taken to that month’s Family Activities board on our Pinterest page (or visit the Pinterest board directly), where you’ll find links with detailed instructions for each activity.


New Year Family Planning Sessions

If someone asked you about your goals for your family in the new year, you could probably name a few — take more family trips, eat healthier meals together, spend less time in front of screens, etc. But you’ve probably learned by now that goals rarely happen when you don’t make a plan to achieve them. That’s why we recommend kicking your new year off with a family meeting to start the planning process together.

Don’t worry — this doesn’t have to be a long, boring, “sit-around-the-table-and-stare-at-each-other-for-an-hour” kind of thing. The goal is to encourage your kids to contribute, too, and if you want kids to engage in the process, it’s important to make it fun! Here are our recommendations for a successful New Year Family Planning Session.

  • Pick an intentional time and place for your meeting. Choose a comfortable (but non-distracting!) location, and make sure it’s at a time when everyone is least likely to be hungry, tired, or distracted.
  • Have some of your family’s favorite snacks nearby. Every meeting is more fun with snacks, right? 
  • Come prepared with at least one family goal in mind, but encourage your children to share what they would like to see your family accomplish in the new year as well. Write out these goals and place them somewhere easily visible.
  • Write down two to four action steps for each goal. If your goal is to spend less time in front of screens, decide how you’ll monitor screen time and list some alternative activities everyone could try. If your goal is to take more family trips, talk about some places you’d like to go and encourage your kids to help you think through ways you could create margin in your schedules and your family budget to make it happen.

 

If you come out of this family meeting energized by the process of planning together, you might love the idea of more regular planning sessions with your family. Head to our Elevation eKidz Pinterest page to find resources and ideas other families are using to plan together more intentionally this year!


Table Talk I Week of December 21

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned “God gave us Jesus because He loves us.” God loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth to save us. When we remember the story of Jesus’ birth, we’re remembering how much God loves us! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Who is God’s Son? (Jesus)
Question 2: How do we know God loves us? (God gave us Jesus.)
Question 3: What is your favorite part of the Christmas story?

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned that when God sent Jesus to earth, He came closer to us than ever before. When we understand that God is still with us today, it changes the way we think, feel, and act! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: If Jesus came to earth today and you had the chance to talk to Him face-to-face, what would you want to ask Him?
Question 2: When do you feel like God is close to you? Are there times when He feels far away?
Question 3: When you remember God is always with you, how does it change the way you respond to tough situations?


Table Talk I Week of December 14

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned “The angels tell about Jesus.” The angels sang and shouted the good news of Jesus’ birth, but they didn’t start by sharing the news with the most important people on earth; they went straight to the lowliest shepherds to tell them the Savior was born. We can tell everyone we know about Jesus, too! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Who told the shepherds the good news that Jesus had been born? (angels)
Question 2: Did the shepherds hurry to tell everyone about Jesus, or just one person? (everyone)
Question 3: Who can you tell about Jesus? (e.g., a friend, family member, cashier at the grocery store, waiter/waitress at a restaurant, etc.)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about God’s great love for us. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s for everyone. By sending Jesus to save us even though we could never deserve that gift, God showed us how much He loves us. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Name three people who love you. How do you know they love you?
Question 2: God’s love is unconditional. What does that mean to you? (e.g., He loves you no matter what, His love never changes, He will never stop loving us for any reason, etc.)
Question 3: Who do you know who needs to hear about how much God loves them? When can you tell them?


The Promise: A Family Christmas Devotional

Count down to Christmas this year using the “The Promise: A Family Christmas Devotional” — a 10-day audio plan that takes your family through the story of how God fulfilled His promise to send a Savior. Check it out on the YouVersion Bible app and follow these easy steps:

  1. Listen to a short audio story.
  2. Dig deeper and read a short passage from the Bible.
  3. Download and print out the collection of advent ornaments that corresponds to each daily story. Hang one on your tree as you count down each day!

 

The Promise: Advent Printable Ornaments

CLICK HERE to download the printable ornaments that your family can decorate together, or CLICK HERE to download them in full color.