Family Night Fun

23 Jan

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This is our new Family Home Evening job rotation chart.

I made it. *self-satisfied smirk*

I am so proud of it and it WORKS!

We have a special night each Monday where we get together and sing a couple songs, have a short spiritual lesson/devotional, eat a treat, and play games together.

At least that has always been the goal, but it didn’t happen regularly enough.

Then I made the job chart. I looked on Pinterest for inspiration. There were many beautiful, trendy charts pictured. Some were even a free printable download. But they had two problems:

1- usually they only had 4 jobs, some had as many as 6, but I needed 8.

2- my children who are not old enough to read wouldn’t be able to tell what their job was.

Then I stumbled across a picture where the family had hand drawn bodies for each job and then everyone made a self portrait head. The heads rotated from body to body each week.

I drew this one– tracing some to make the bodies more uniform. Then I gave each person an oval to draw their face in. I mounted the ovals on card stock and Popsicle sticks to make them easy to handle. The chart is mounted on a Manila file folder. I used a mat knife to cut slits through the folder at each neck.

I love this chart because:

1: the kiddie pies are so excited about it that we haven’t missed a family home evening in 4 months, except the Monday is was in hospital with the new baby. In fact, Key Lime Pie gets upset because she wants to have family night more often.

2: The ones who can’t read can look at the bodies and know what their job is.

3. it looks like something my mom or aunt would have made back before there were computers and free printables online for everything. Back when you had to make stuff yourself.

4. it is hilarious when Blueberry Pie or The Man of the House is in charge of the song, and their head is on the body with the necklace.

5. The self-portraits are awesome. Key Lime Pie’s face is purple because she insisted on coloring the blood that is under her skin.

6. did i mention that I made it?

I had scanned my body drawings and made a PDF for anyone else who wanted to use it, but that file is trapped in my dead computer, so if you love this idea you’ll just have to make it yourself like I did. It’s worth it!

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8 Responses to “Family Night Fun”

  1. katie w January 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM #

    this is awesome! i’ve been meaning to make an fhe chart for a while now, i’ll probably swipe your idea.

  2. Ceg January 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM #

    This is brilliant! Swiper, I’m swiping!

    • GlowWorm January 23, 2014 at 10:35 PM #

      Yay! You love it too :)

  3. KathyO January 27, 2014 at 10:40 AM #

    That is AWESOME! We have a boring wheel. Definately doing this once the paper plate wheel gives up the ghost.

    • GlowWorm January 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM #

      Yeh we tried the paper plate wheel for awhile and it didn’t inspire any enthusiasm

  4. hopeforheather February 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM #

    SO SO SO cute!

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