Make your own family game card and score a Bingo by showing love to other members of the family.
- Begin by brainstorming as a family, listing ways that family members can show love and kindness to one another. You’ll need at least 24 ideas. (The list below will help get you started.)
- Draw up a large table that has five rows and five columns (25 squares in all).
- In the centre square, write the word “unity” and illustrate the square with a heart. This will be the “free score” square.
- In the remaining 24 squares, write or illustrate each one of your 24 ideas.
- Post the Bingo card in a prominent location and play the game for a few days, letting your children take turns crossing off the relevant squares as the tasks are completed. Your goal is to complete one row (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) per family member. For example, if you have four people in your family, complete four rows. Celebrate your family’s accomplishment with a special celebration or treat that everyone will enjoy.
Here are some ideas for your Bingo squares:
- Let someone go ahead of you through a doorway.
- Listen carefully to someone who is telling a story.
- Sincerely compliment another family member.
- Offer to do a job without being asked.
- During a meal, pass the food as soon as you are asked.
- Let someone else choose which game to play.
- Allow another child to play with a favourite toy first.
- Eat a food you are less than fond of without whining.
- Plan or make a meal together.
- See someone working and offer to help.
- Do a job that requires two people to complete (i.e. folding a blanket or a sheet, or sweeping a floor with one person holding the broom and the other a dustpan).
- Share a special treat.
- Overlook a rude comment.
- Encourage someone who is glum.
- Let another person speak first.
- Give someone else the preferred seat or cup or blanket etc.
- Carry a heavy object together.
- Share a sink nicely.
- Walk away from a potential conflict.
- Let another person speak first.
- Do an unpleasant job cheerfully.
- Forgive someone before they say sorry.
- Set the table together.
- Choose not to be offended by a loud or smelly noise.
- Share a small space without shoving and pushing.
- Give someone else the larger portion of dessert.
- Give someone a hug.
- Let someone think they are right, even if you know they are wrong.
- Surprise someone by doing a job that is usually theirs to do.
- Laugh together.
- Before having seconds, offer them to others first.
- Everyone help clean up after supper.
- Say nothing negative for an hour.
- While driving, allow another car to go ahead.
- Play a board game without fighting.
- Shovel snow like two graders working in tandem.
- Modify the words to a carol and sing it together.
- Help another family member clean their bedroom.
- Wrap gifts together.
- Let someone else choose which music to have on.
- Read an inspiring Christmas story aloud.
James 3:17 “
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
Philippians 2:1-2 “
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”