The dinner table: the one place you can gather and appreciate your entire family for at least a few minutes every day. It’s a fun dinner time family activity. Here’s a way to use that time a little more wisely. There are so many different ways to say “I love you” to someone and, whether you’re 2 or 72 years old, taking the time to share kind words is a great way to make a connection.
WHAT TO DO: Create a question jar ahead of time. See some ideas of how to fill your family jar below. Each evening at dinner, have a family member pull out a question card. Read the question aloud. Take turns around the table answering the question.
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
Here are a list of some example questions you could add to your family jar. You can always simplify the questions with small children. Another great way to involve your littlest ones is to have them help decorate the family jar. Older kids can help write out the questions on the cards.
1. Name one thing dad did this week that made you smile.
2. Have a child sing his favorite song.
3. Name a family member who was kind to you this week and what that person did.
4. Name one thing you love about (insert family member’s name).
5. Tell us your favorite family dish to eat.
6. Where is one place you like to go with your family?
7. Who do you think you look like, mommy or daddy?
8. Finish this sentence…”My heart is happy when….,” or “I laugh when…..”
9. One of my favorite family memories is…..
10. I am talented because I can…..
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Jar, paper, pencil
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Cognitive skills, social skills, fine motor skills
Want to take a closer look at the skills kids are using in this activity? Check out our Clinical Closeup page, where we break down the skills listed below in terms everyone can understand.