You know what you almost never see on my blog?  Fun, cool things to do with your kids.  Sometimes I will attempt someone else’s ideas and share them, but you NEVER see my own creations on here.  It’s not one of the talents I’ve been given.

When I had my oldest, who is now 4, I actually had to buy a book about what kinds of games to play with babies because I was totally clueless.  So.  When Sarah Reinhard was looking for bloggers to review her new book Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless, I JUMPED at the chance.  I have to be so intentional about relationships because it doesn’t come naturally to me.

Catholic Family Fun has a myriad of activities from ways to be silly (great for little kids like mine!) to having fun with food.  Divided into 4 parts — having fun, at home, out and about, and faith-filled fun, Sarah provides 45 starters.  Each idea has enough detail to get you started.  It doesn’t, however, end there. Sarah provides variations AND a way to tie in your faith.

I can’t tell you my favorite part.  I love the ideas for fun with my kiddos.  I also love the ideas for adding you faith into every activity.  Neither my husband nor I were brought up that way and so feels strange to do.  I adore the faith section because it has some great ideas for getting kids involved in traditional devotions and practices, like the Rosary and Adoration.  I also like her suggestion to let older children take charge of activities or parts — I would totally forget that.  Can you say control freak?  Ahem.

Every season, our family (well, mostly me) creates a bucket list.  Usually it consist of traditions and books/movies.  Maybe some special, seasonal food, too.  I feel like, with the help of Sarah’s book, we might have some “just because” fun.  I think we will start with an Unbirthday Party (pg. 15-18) on our next free Saturday!

I recommend Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless to ANY family, whether they are Catholic or not.  The activities in the first 3/4 of the book are great for everyone and the faith components are totally optional.  Awesome resource for great family fun all in ONE place.  Check your local Catholic bookstore or online at Pauline Media.

Jen S.



Disclaimer:  This post was written as a part of the Catholic Family Fun Blog Tour.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for review and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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