Draw closer as a family this month with the April Family Connections Calendar and Scripture reading plan. Each month includes simple and easy ways to connect as a family as well as a Scripture plan to read aloud together.
It’s a new month and a fresh opportunity to connect with your family in meaningful and intentional ways. April ushers in plenty of spring activities with warmer weather appearing and more time spent together as a family outdoors.
Each month, you will receive a calendar with thoughtful, yet intentional, activity ideas for your family that doesn’t require much preparation and are almost always free!
You will also receive a Scripture reading plan to read aloud one chapter from a specific book of the Bible together.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these calendars:
Family Activity Calendar
Included in the activity list are seasonal appropriate ideas as well as conversation starters to have at mealtimes.
These are simple and easy activities to do with your family no matter what season or stage you are in. They can also be adapted to meet the needs of your specific family.
Don’t have kids or are an empty nester? Connect with your spouse with some of these ideas!
Have itty bitty little ones? Older children or teens? There are plenty of ideas that appeal to all ages!
Are you single? Grab a friend or serve your neighbors and family with some of these ideas!
The best part of this calendar is that it is designed to help you and your family better connect this year. So whether you do 2 things off the list or all 31, the point is that you are being intentional!
How to Use
Print off the list and stick it on your refrigerator or place near your family command center. Go through the list today and pick at least 5 activities and schedule them on your family calendar.
Almost all of the ideas are free or require things you probably already have on hand in your home. Some do require a little bit of preparation and making room in your calendar but get your family on board to help with the planning!
You can also just pick and choose the activities that best fit into your family’s schedule and routine. Maybe this list even gives you some new ideas!
Make this connection calendar work for your family and watch how just a few simple activities can really draw your family closer together!
Family Scripture Reading Plan
Perhaps the best way you can connect as a family this year is to spend time reading the Bible together.
Not a children’s Bible but the actual Word of God.
The results were profound and it seriously convicted me to read the Word aloud to my kids too. But sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to start.
This family reading plan makes it simple for you!
Each day you only have one chapter to read aloud. That’s it!
Five days of chronological Scripture reading with a selected Psalm or Proverb for the weekend and a built-in Grace Day because we all know life is unpredictable and busy!
How to Use
Print off the Family Scripture Plan and place in your family Bible, your Bible book basket, or somewhere you and your family will see every day.
Pray together as a family before you read the Bible aloud and then just read.
If your children are old enough, take turns reading aloud or you can even use the YouVersion Bible app to listen to Word if reading aloud is hard.
Both the Family Connections Calendar and Scripture Reading Plan are free to download when you sign up for the email list and then once a month, the new calendar will be delivered straight to your inbox!
I pray these simple ideas and passages from the Bible help draw you and your family closer together this year as well as water those seeds of faith.
Here’s a peek at April’s calendars:
April Family Reading Plan
This month, we will read through Romans and 1 Peter on the weekdays with Psalms 14-18 on the weekends. We will also read the accounts of Resurrection through each of the four Gospels on Easter Sunday.
April Family Activities & Discussion Questions
- On Easter Sunday, attend church together and reflect on the hope found in Christ’s Resurrection. Don’t forget to take a family photo!
- Take inventory of your outdoor toys, equipment, lawn supplies, etc, and make note of new items to purchase as the weather turns warmer and you find your family outdoors more.
- Research birds in your area and build or purchase a bird feeder to attract those birds.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: Who can we reach out to bless and/or serve together as a family this month?
- Write in one child’s memory journal or write a letter to a family member
- Plan a date night with just your spouse! Arrange an activity or childcare for your children so you two can spend quality time together out of the house.
- Clean out and organize the garage or shed together a family to prepare for more time spent outdoors.
- Visit a local park together, perhaps look up a nearby park your family has never been to before.
- Pick a friend or family member you don’t see very often and send a special card to them. Have each member of the family write a special note or draw a picture.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: What friendships/relationships can we pray for?
- Make a kite and take it outside to fly.
- Plant herbs in small containers to place in a kitchen window seal.
- Have a family movie night complete with popcorn and other favorite family treats.
- Make a favorite Saturday morning breakfast of pancakes, egg casserole, or homemade cinnamon rolls, then while you eat together as a family, listen to the audio version of the Bible (you can listen free on the YouVersion app)
- Enjoy a picnic lunch outdoors.
- In preparation for Earth Day, visit the library to check out books on taking care of our Earth.
- Research Tax Day Freebies and visit a location or two together to enjoy a frugal treat after school.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: What makes you feel loved and valued member of this family?
- Spend the day intentionally taking real-life photos to capture those precious everyday moments.
- Have a family game night together.
- Invite a family from your church, neighborhood, or community into your home for dinner.
- In honor of Earth Day, enjoy time outdoors as a family. Go for a walk, pick up litter, plant a new plant or tree, and organize your recycling area in the garage.
- Bring bright and cheery spring flowers to an elderly neighbor or relative who can’t get out much.
- Go on a bike ride together.
- Write in one child’s memory journal or write a letter to a family member.
- Mealtime Discussion Question: With a little over a month left, how can you finish the school year strong?
- Go out for ice cream together.
- Wash the family cars or outdoor furniture and toys.
- Serve together as a family in your church nursery, Sunday school classroom, on the hospitality committee, or wherever your church has a need.
- Sort through all the photos you took this month and print off the best ones to place in a photo album or digital photobooks like Chatbooks or Shutterfly.
How are you planning to better connect as a family this year?