Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter Is the Warmest, Family Fun Night

We decided to do a very simple family fun night last night and I mixed it in with our Friday Fun. The theme of the night was "Winter is the Warmest Season" based on the book by Lauren Stringer.
Winter is the Warmest, family fun night, winter fun

I love this book!  It is about a child who decides that winter is warmer than summer because of hot cocoa, grilled cheese sandwiches, woolly hats and mittens, warm blankets, cozy cats, and much more.  The illustrations are beautiful too.

Winter Family Fun Night, Family Fun Night Ideas

I filled a basket with the book, quilts, and footy pajamas for the kids in front of the fireplace.

family fun night ideas

After we picked Little J up from school, we headed to a favorite park to play.  As you can see, the weather was cooperating perfectly and it was freezing.  I kid, what is up with this winter weather?!  It was close to 60 degrees when we arrived at the park.  So much for bundling up in hats and mittens.  It did make me feel better that the rain was coming in as we left and the temperature had dropped significantly.  Maybe we would be able to sit by the fire after all...
family fun night

After having hot bubble baths and getting into their warm and cozy jammies, the kids helped me make dinner.  Daddy arrived home just in time to join the fun.

winter family fun night ideas

We made grilled cheese sandwiches, oven baked fries, and apple wedges with yogurt dip.
winter family fun night ideas

I made some hot cocoa and we gathered by the fireplace to read the book, Winter is the Warmest Season.  We played a few board games and put together a few puzzles before settling in to watch The Backyardigans The Snow Fort.
winter family fun night ideas

This was an easy family night to pull together.  I had everything on hand.  If you want to replicate this night, this is what you'll need...

copy of the book, Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
quilts or blankets
warm and cozy jammies
grilled cheese sandwich makings (butter, bread, and cheese)
favorite side dishes
hot cocoa, whip cream, marshmallows
family favorite board games, puzzles, movie
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12 comments :

Lindsay said...

What a great night!! That grilled cheese looks super delicious!

Christy said...

We haven't read that book, I'll look for it! Fun night!

It is snowing here now, but it has been so mild.

Sherri said...

What a perfectly awesome Family night! :)

Sarah said...

too fun! :)

Ticia said...

We're having a similar winter here. I was going to start a fire for an object lesson, but it was hard to imagine with the weather in the 70s

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said...

I've never read that book. It sounds great! I am always so impressed with your family days. You are such a wonderful Mommy!

Wonder Mom said...

SOOOO nice and cozy!

Raising a Happy Child said...

... You also need a child who eats grilled cheese sandwiches, but otherwise it sounds like a perfect fun night.

Having Fun said...

I'm always looking for fun family nice activities. Very nice idea and well put together. Looked like fun.

Jenn - @jennabitbol said...

This is the greatest idea! My kids love our movie nights and I think next time, I'm going to make up a basket and have fun food, etc.

Classified Mom said...

What fun! Looks like a great cuddle night ;-) Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase Hope to see you next week ;-)

Abby said...

What a great night! The book looks adorable too!