So this last week we might have taken a bit of an easy route for our Time For Tots day... but I am supposed to be cleaning the house in preparation for my family coming, so I have an excuse (though that doesn't explain why the house is not yet clean....hmmmm)
Anyway. This week Eric wanted to do something fun and Christmas-y with his 11-year-old Scouts, so I suggested decorating sugar cookies... and well volunteered to make the sugar cookies in the process.
Since I had to make cookies anyway, why not involve my kids and have some fun.
Alex helped me cut out all of the cookies. Lucas didn't help at this stage as he fell asleep watching the Muppet Christmas Carol.. yes I guess it is that exciting.
We then decorated the cookies the easy way, with these cute frosting in a bag with a tip. No cleaning out my decorating bags, getting out all of my tips, mixing up all the frosting. Like I said we took the easy route this week.
We then played the Thank you/Gratitude game. I actually read about this idea in a magazine.. I think it was that Family Fun magazine made by Disney. The lady that wrote the article told how embarrassed she was when her kids quickly tore open all of their gifts without as much of a thank you. So she taught them the following game.
You give each child a bag and ask them to go find a "present" (i.e. anything around the house) for everyone else. Then when they come back with the presents there are a few rules. The person receiving the present must first say thank you. And then that person also has to say something they like about the present.We actually did this in Family Home Evening for the first time on Monday. I loved how a strip of paper from a package that I gave Eric ended up becoming the favorite present as everyone wanted to wear it as a bracelet.
The point of this game is to help them learn to say thank you and then to find something good about the presents, even the really weird or ugly ones. We played it as part of our Time For Tots Day as the kids asked to play it, they love it. The love running around and searching for items to "give" to the other person and I was amazed at how they were able to think of positive things to say much more quickly the more we played.