As my two kids and I were running errands a few weeks back, we spotted our city’s public works crews flushing the fire hydrants. This work resulted in water gushing out of the hydrant and onto the street near our stopped vehicle. “Mom, what ARE they doing?” Lucy curiously asked. Now if I had tried to teach her about hydrants prior to this moment, it would have gone over like a lead balloon. But with this teachable moment in front of us, I did my best to provide her with just the right amount of information to quench her thirsty curiosity. It must have worked because Lucy is now fascinated with all things fire hydrant and squeals every time she spots one. Turns out fire hydrants abound on every corner in our crowded suburb, and discussing the details of each one has kept Lucy quite entertained and engaged lately.
So when Sarah A. Reinhard’s book Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless arrived in the mail, I let out a big ol’ sigh of relief. With summer right around the corner and a 3.5 year-old who rarely stops moving or talking, I will take all the help I can receive in planning fun activities. What immediately jumped out at me as I started thumbing through the book is the large amount of practical, inexpensive, and fun ideas Sarah has assembled.
Catholic Family Fun is divided into nine chapters, each offering a range of activities in terms of scheduling and budgeting. There are light-hearted activities (such as “Spotlight Storytelling”) and faith-centered activities (such as “Holy Card Heaven”). With each activity, Sarah adds “Faith Angle,” “Wider Angle,” and “Make It Yours” sections that allow for personalization just for your family. For example, the Faith Angle extension for the Spotlight Storytelling activity is to use the Scripture readings for upcoming Sunday Mass as an inspiration for the storytelling topic.
Finally, check out the book’s website (www.catholicfamilyfun.com) and Facebook page for more information on the resources that are highlighted throughout the book. New content and reflections will be added to the website on a monthly basis, and I envision the site to become an exciting place to go share experiences and ideas with one another.
Thanks to Catholic Family Fun, I am feeling more confident, empowered, and optimistic about taking over the reigns as Director of the Fun Department at Das Schmidt Haus! Thank you, Sarah Reinhard, for creating a terrific resource that will help families grow into the domestic church that we are all called to be.
** Sarah Reinhard writes about marriage, motherhood, the Catholic faith, books, and life on the farm at her website: snoringscholar.com. Sarah lives in central Ohio with her husband and their three children. **