I live in the northern hemisphere and slowly but surely the days are getting longer and on February 2nd, we will be half way to spring. Hygge is often thought of as a winter concept but the truth is the Danish people take the coziness and togetherness of hygge and make it last all year long. Here are some fun family ideas to plan for when the weather gets warmer.
Hygge Ideas for the Warmer Weather
Pizza on the beach at sunset
Ice cream cones on a hot day
Reading in a Hammock
Catching Fireflies in a Jar
Outdoor BBQ with Friends
All Year Long Hygge Activities
Family game night
Family read aloud time
This is the last hygge post for this season. We hope you have enjoyed this month of focusing on family self-care and hygge. We at Kids in Service believe that you must take care of yourself if you plan to serve others.
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Winter is now one of my favorite seasons. I use to dread the cold and long winter months but now that I have found the concept of hygge, I come to crave this time each year. I love this chance to slow down, get cozy and spend time with family and friends.
If you are looking for some cozy service projects this winter, we have a few suggestions for you and your family. These are projects that you can do from the comfort of your home.
Project Linus-–Click HERE to learn all about this cozy and important service project. No sewing skills required!!
2. Thank You Notes–Have you thanked your loved ones for the thoughtful gifts they gave you over the holidays? Have you thanked your parent or care giver lately? Have you thanked your teacher, your coach, bus driver or librarian for all they do for you? EVERYONE loves mail! Bless one or more people in your life with a card or note thanking them for all they do to help and support you. This is a project for all ages, as the littles can draw and adults can scribe the note of thanks and gratitude. Make writing thank you notes a regular practice in your home. This simple activity will teach an important lesson in gratitude, respect and connection (not to mention it will help them practice their drawing and/or writing).
3. Project Appreciation–For this SWEET project you need to gather everyone in the kitchen and think of a community group that you would like to thank. Click HERE for more details about Mission of Appreciation.
4. Project Dollar Store–This is such a fun project and can be easily prepared while sitting in front of a cozy fire. Click HERE to learn more about this SECRET MISSION OF LOVE!
5. Project Feeder Watch–This is a project of love for the birds in your backyard (and maybe the squirrels too). Place a feeder in your yard in a place that you can easily see from a window in your home. Keep the feeder up from early November-the beginning of April and enjoy the birds that come to your yard each day. Watching birds from the window is a very relaxing activity and a great learning experience for the whole family. Grab a few bird books from you library to learn the names of the birds in your yard. If you sign up for Project Feeder Watch through Cornell, you will be sent a poster of the birds in your area. Project Feeder Watch asks its members to count the birds for a period of time over two days a week (10 min is all you need) and submit the data online to their website. This data is used for their scientific study about the birds in different areas and the migration patterns. We LOVE this project and love to take care of the birds in our yard all winter long.
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For this sweet project you need to gather everyone in the kitchen to bake together. I know what you are thinking parents…do I want to have to clean up a big mess? Wouldn’t it be easier to bake the treats myself? I promise that involving your kids (even the little guys) will be a much more rewarding service project. Trust me, it will be worth it!
Will you and your family accept this mission of APPRECIATION?
Your Mission: Bake a sweet treat for a group of people who serve your community. Have your children create a thank you note to go along with the treat. Deliver the treat and let that group know how much you appreciate all they do.
Supplies: a kitchen, baking supplies, the ingredients for a NUT FREE treat (cookies, brownies, cupcakes etc), a container that you are willing to give away, paper and writing/coloring tools
Procedure: Pick a community group that your family would like to bake for. Perhaps you bring the treats to the fire station, the police station, the librarians, your school custodians, the workers at the town dump, the town employees, the postal workers, the snow plow drivers or your parish office. The possibilities are endless for this project!!
Work together to bake a sweet treat like cookies, cupcakes or brownies (try to keep everything nut free and label that you did so). Package the treats up in a container that you are willing to give away (saving a few for family hygge time) and create a thank you card to go along with the treats (click here for a FREE Kids in Service Thank You Card Printable). Deliver the treats as a family to the intended community group. Try to coordinate the drop off time with the hours that they are open.
This is one of my favorite hands-on service projects for kids and it can be done with ages 2 and up. Who will you and your children bake for???
Did you complete this mission?
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