Because we live in a culture where Christianity dominates, Easter offers many opportunities for us to communicate our family’s theological perspectives on the meaning of Jesus. Since the celebration of Easter is for many people tied to Jesus’s resurrection, it is important that we let our children know—whether or not we consider ourselves Christian—the story surrounding this holiday…
Want to get waist-high in learning new things about the concept of Truth?
5 Things: Uncomfortable Truths
This week, in conversation with Rev. Naomi King’s video “If Unitarian Universalism is to be a Faith that Matters,” I explore an uncomfortable truth. Has beacon outlived its usefulness as a metaphor for our community? I think yes.
Spend some quality time with youtube with these three playlists:
Kids & Family — check out these silly, fun songs & videos to bring a smile to your face.
Unitarian Universalism (mostly grown-up stuff) — featuring songs, sermons, meditations and more to fill your snow day with spirit.
Adults & Youth — discover something new and rewatch some older favorites in this fun playlist designed for teens and grown-ups.
Put the active back in snow day activities!
(more at each link, but here are some highlights)
Pull out those laundry baskets and buckets and pots. Ball up a dozen pair of socks and go to town. Whoever gets the most balls in the baskets gets to shovel the driveway!
Kids love finding hidden objects — especially when there’s a prize at the end. Simply write your clues on some slips of paper — get creative. Place the first clue somewhere easy to find, like inside your child’s snack or cereal bowl. Then leave as many clues as you like around the house, making a trail to the final clue. Instead of a prize, the treasure hunt can lead to various coins around the house. This way the kids get to collect all the coins and put them in their piggy banks in the end.
Build a Living Room Campsite
Create a campsite in the living room. Turn out the lights, wear PJs, bust out the sleeping bags and sit around telling stories. If you don’t have a tent, be creative and build a fort using blankets, couch cushions and pillows. Make s’mores. Check out these fun twists on the classic camp food.
Follow the Leader
Add to the workout by doing energetic movements like jumping, stomping and squatting.
Up, Up, and away!
Blow up some balloons and play keep-away or “volleyball.” Or use paper fans to play a version of table tennis: Use your fan to create gusts of air to blow your balloon across the table towards an opponent—get it past them to score a point.
Stuff to make—not just for kids!
String up some popcorn for your traveling bird friends
Who would have thought flour and baby oil could be this much fun? Mix 3 cups of flour with 3/4 cup baby oil to make sand you can mold. Full recipe at the link above.
Snow Ice Cream
Eat the enemy.
Make a family photo book
You know all those photos on your laptop, on your phone, in your Shutterfly account? Pick a theme – Christmas, a weekend at the beach, Grandma and Grandpa’s visit – and print out a few photos for the kids to make into an illustrated book. It doesn’t have to be fancy – grab an unused notebook or a few extra sheets of paper, give them a set of markers to write captions and add little illustrations, and let them have at it.
Bake cookies (for spring)
You’ve probably already baked all the cookies in the world this winter, but have you made up a batch to wrap up individually to freeze for baking when it’s finally spring?! (several other cool ideas at this link)
Maple Snow Taffy, or “Sugar On Snow” is our friend Nicole’s recipe, and, like her, it is perfect in every way. If you happen to live in Santa Cruz, where you’re much too busy hiking mountains in your bikini and boogie boarding with a margarita in one hand and gathering the Meyer lemons that have fallen all over your patio to scrounge up a bowl of snow, simply spoon the hot caramel into a dish of ice cream, where it will still do its taffy thing.
1 cup maple syrup (ours is B-grade amber-cheaper and darker-and we love it)
1/4 cup salted butter
clean snow (or, need be, ice cream)
- In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, heat the syrup and butter together until the mixture reaches 220ºF-235ºF on a candy thermometer, aka somewhere between the thread and soft ball stage, for you candy-making hardcores out there. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, time it for about 5 minutes after it comes to a boil, and then pour a little onto a plate that’s been waiting in the fridge: when the syrup is ready, it should thicken up into a soft taffy on the plate; if it doesn’t, then cook it a minute or two longer. Needless to say, your children should be nowhere near this while it’s on the stove. “There is nothing hotter than hot sugar,” my mother used to say (“Really, Mom? Not even the sun?”), and, because of the crisp English certainty of her pronouncements, I still assume they’re all true.
- Let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes, then pour it by the spoonful over bowls of clean snow (or ice cream) where it will harden into a sweet lump of maple insanity. You won’t be sorry — well, until it’s gone, and then you’ll be sorry.
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