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20 craft and activity ideas for National Families Week

National Families Week is held annually in May to celebrate families in all their diversity and highlight their vital role in Australian society. You can celebrate with your immediate family, or reach out to extended family and friends to join together in a range of craft and activities. 

To help you celebrate this year, we’ve put together a list of 20 craft and activity ideas that family members of all ages can enjoy! It’ll also help bring the family within and outside your home together while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

10 family craft ideas

Craft is a great way to bring the family together. It’s an activity that can both be quiet and reflective, or loud and social. Here are some great craft ideas you, the kids, grandparents and friends can do together at home or over a video call:

1. Family portraits

Draw or paint a portrait of someone in your family. This can be as abstract or realistic as you desire. For added effect, write down one thing you love about that person below the picture.

2. Picture frame decoration

Purchase a picture frame and decorate it with your choice of paint, textas, stickers or anything else you can think of! Once decorated, put your favourite family picture in it and place it somewhere special in your home.

3. Paddle pop stick family

Using paddle pop sticks and felt materials, textas or paint, create each member of your family on a paddle pop. Be as creative as you can and include defining features to capture their individuality.

If your family sponsors a child, consider including them in your paddle pop stick family! The next time you write to your sponsored child, send a photo of the completed craft and tell them how you and your family were celebrating National Families Week. 

4. Rock painting family

Collect rocks from the garden and paint them as different members of your family. Once finished you will have a rock family you can place in the home or in the garden as special ornaments.

5. Create a household family tree

Get artistic and bring your household together by crafting a family tree. Paint or draw the trunk and branches of the tree, then coat your hands in paint to hand-print the leaves. Have each family member hand-print their leaf on the tree. Once dry, write the names of your family members on their hand prints.

6. Family pictures collages

Collect some of your family’s favourite photos together and cut them into interesting shapes. Paste these on a piece of paper or board to create a collage of your favourite memories together. This will be great to look back on for many years to come.

7. Toilet roll family

Using left over toilet rolls, decorate these anyway you like using textas, paints or materials. Create one for each member of the family.

8. Paint a picture of the family home

Paint your family home on a piece of paper, this can be as abstract or realistic as you like. Make sure you include the garden, any pets and your family outside!

9. Draw your favourite family activity

Every family has a few favourite group activities! Get everyone in the family to draw their favourite. Don’t share the activity until you are done, and at the end, have everyone talk about their chosen activity and why they enjoy it so much. 

Watch your family movie nights, picnics, beach trips and holidays come to life in an artwork series you can put on display in your home!

10. Colouring in sheets

Download these colouring sheets from Families Australia and host a family colouring in competition! Hang these up somewhere in the home as a special reminder of your National Families Week activity.

10 family-oriented activities

There’s a range of family-oriented activities you can organise to bring everyone together, particularly during these challenging times. Here are some of our favourite ideas:

11. Research your family lineage

Do some research about your family history and write your family lineage. Going back as far as you can, this is a great way to learn more about the history of your family and share stories of family members and how they have shaped your family today.

12. Write letters or messages to your extended family

You may not see your extended family as often, particularly if they live in another state. This is a great opportunity to write letters or messages to your extended family members. Let them know how much you miss them, and anything exciting that you’ve learned or experienced. You don’t need to post your message, but we’re sure they will appreciate the effort that goes into a handwritten letter. 

Why not take this activity a step further and have the family write a letter to your sponsored child? Each family member can write their own letter, or you can nominate someone to write on behalf of the family.

13.  Acrostic poem of your family’s last name

Altogether or individually, write an acrostic poem using your family’s surname. This will be a special reminder of the importance of family and can be hung up in your home. Focus on your family values, history and characteristics. 

You may wish to pair this activity with a letter to your sponsored child, and include the acrostic poem your family creates in your correspondence. Likewise you could write an acrostic poem of your sponsored child’s name, and include all the things you value about your relationship.

14. Family walk or bike ride

Get active and enjoy a bike ride or walk altogether. Whether you choose to venture far or stay close to home with a short stroll around the block, this will be a great way to have fun and get a healthy dose of exercise.

15. Write a story about your family’s favourite holiday or trip

Sit down as a family, each with a pen/pencil and piece of paper and individually write down the story of your favourite holiday or trip. Focus on what made this holiday so special. Once you’re finished, share your stories and reminisce on your great memories together.

16. Watch a family-favourite movie

Relax and enjoy each other’s company by sitting down and watching a family-favourite movie. Whether it be an old movie you used to love or a new one, this is a great way to come together as a family.

17. List ten things you’re thankful for about your family

Writing lists is a great way to show what you are thankful for. Have everyone in the family write down ten things they are grateful for about your life together. You could pair this activity with a family movie night, and choose a movie about our place in the world as a gratitude exercise.

18. Have a picnic outside

Put away all technology and enjoy a nice family picnic at home. Have everyone in the family help prepare the picnic basket and enjoy the quality time together with meaningful conversation, without distractions and interruptions.

19. Have a video call with your extended family

During isolation, you may not be able to visit your extended family as much as you would do normally, particularly elderly relatives. Organise to have a family reunion over a video call with all members of your extended family. This will help the entire family stay connected, and up-to-date with what’s going on in everyone’s lives.

20. Do some baking together

Get the family together in the kitchen and bake a favourite dessert or dish. Split up the recipe so everyone has a turn at getting their hands full of flour! You may wish to do this as a precursor to a family picnic and enjoy the fruits of your labour outdoors, or organise a bake off with your extended family over video call!

Celebrate National Families Week in a meaningful way with your family

Reflect and celebrate the importance of your family this year by engaging in one or some of the craft or activity ideas listed above. Be sure to talk to your kids about the importance of National Families Week so they learn more about themselves, their family and the community around them.

Have you been thinking about sponsoring a child? National Families Week is a great opportunity to reopen the discussion, and learn more about child sponsorship. Find out more about taking the first step on this meaningful journeyhere.

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