This incredible “family night” craft project came to me one night while my husband and I joined other married couples at our church as we discussed effective parenting. This session touched on the various habits that effective parents incorporate into their daily lives.
During our conversation, we were discussing the idea of having a collective “family tree” or family mission statement to support our family’s mission. This “tree” or mission statement could serve as a resource that we, as a family, can refer back to.
Most of us have seen art pieces at our local craft stores that beautifully depict phrases or statements describing families: we laugh, we have fun, we forgive, we grow, etc. You get the point.
We decided that because of the ages of our children we could turn our family mission statement into a craft project, producing a beautiful piece of art as a wall hanging.
Here are the steps for creating a beautiful family affirmation and mission statement craft project:
- We started off talking about how each of us has great qualities. We gave some examples: mommy makes yummy desserts, sissy is a good singer, daddy plays with us, brother tells funny jokes. We then gave them a few moments to think about each member of our family and what nice things we would like to say about them. We took turns going around the table, sharing one characteristic about each person. With each characteristic shared, I wrote the responses on a whiteboard.
- After documenting all responses, my husband drew an outline of our family tree on a big piece of poster board. We let the kids help with coloring the tree.
- After coloring the tree, we all worked together to come up with a Bible verse that described our family. Daddy wrote our verse on the poster board.
- I came equipped with a tiny head shot of each family member.
- We used craft leaves from the dollar store to write the nice compliments on each leaf with a marker. I worked hard at making sure each family member had 5 compliments displayed nicely with their picture on our family tree.
We now keep the finished project hanging in our kidspace. We often refer to it and I love that the kids can see it at all times and are reminded of our family mission statement and how much they are loved in our home.