Searching for quality ideas for your Family Nights?
Are you looking for ideas for family times that will help your children to:
- build confidence
- become better communicators
- enjoy reading
- develop a curiosity about science
- encourage creativity with art and crafts
- play fun and easy games?
And most important–build stronger, happier families for now and in the future!
What the research shows:
Why are Family Nights Important to Families?
“According to a report by the A.C. Nielsen
Company, parents spend only 39 minutes per week
in meaningful conversation with their children.
Spending quality time with children has significant
effects on their well-being, including better grades,
reduced substance abuse, improved mental health,
and social competence.”
TVs, tablets, video games and cell phones…These days, there are more ways than ever for your entire family to stay entertained. Although your children may find it hard to believe, there was a time long, long, loooong ago (like when you were a kid) when families used to gather around the table and play real-life, interactive games together, well into the night.
And as today’s researchers are now discovering, all of that light-hearted play actually led to some serious child development benefits. So we think it’s high time to bring family game night out of the past and into your immediate future!
“Researchers have been studying the effects parent attitudes and actions have on their children’s academic success for more than 30 years. The results have been consistent. Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla summed it up in their book A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement, which reviewed the existing research: “When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.” –
FAMILY NIGHT KITS
Cool Parties 4 Kids is here to help.
THEMED FAMILY NIGHT KITS
Food Themed Printables
The fun themed kits for each night include:
- Welcome Signs
- Festive Banner
- Table Tents (food labels)
- 2 Liter Bottle Labels
- Straw Flags
Family Reading Suggestions
You can encourage a lifelong love for reading by starting to read to your children at an early age.
The suggested books could already be in your family library. They are reasonably priced if you wish to purchase them and should be readily available at your local library.
Jokes, Riddles and Games
Laughter is the Best Medicine and the Mayo Clinic Agrees.
Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke
“When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. “
Arts and Crafts
Children love to create, We just need to encourage a bit. The art and craft activities included in the kits are easy to put together and require few “extras.” The crafts encourage fine motor skills and creative thinking.
1 STEM ACTIVITY-sometimes more
STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We live in a tech world and STEM activities encourage young ones to be hands-on. Starting with elementary concepts, these activities may inspire your family to go further. Life is a wonderful journey.
Every day can and should be a celebration. The photo-booth props were included to encourage fun, spontaneous and
Family Night Kits have been designed to give you the tools you need to create a memorable themed family night. Each Kit includes a book selection, a STEM Activity, arts and crafts, games and jokes, and riddles. Use what you want and save the rest for another time. To help it become even more festive fun themed printables are included to brighten up your coordinated dinner. AND… to help you record your fun night(s), a fun set of photobooth props are included.
A bit about me. Hi, I'm Barb and the mother of four grown children and grandmother to five. Both are the best jobs ever!
When my children were growing up I was a Cub Scout Leader (Tigers through Webelos-and in one year I was leader to three groups-yes I survived.) Being a 4H leader was wonderful. I was so fortunate to be able to work with both kids and horses. It doesn't get much better than that.
All four grown children are life long learners. Three of the four were home-schooled. The result is one studied in both China and Japan, and now has a Master's Degree . One is an Electrical Engineer/Bio-Medical Emphasis and now the youngest has earned a Ph.D. in Harp Performance. She now teaches at a University. Most of the time it has been fun, with a bump or two.
My education includes a BA in Secondary Education/English with a strong helping of Journalism and Art. But my best experience has been working with my own children and others. I believe a parent's most important job is to help their child(ren) find their talents or gifts and then nurture them to seek their true potential and happiness.
Hats off to parents!