Hello magical people! It’s the start of a fabulous new week and here’s some ways to make the most of it…
1. Buy a pack of toilet paper for the sole purpose of goofy fun. Wrap your kids up into mummies, make toilet paper streamers and run through the yard, toss it and see how long you can get the tail as you throw, experiment with getting it wet and having “snowball” fights with it… If you can, compost it when you’re finished.
2. Take a field trip to someplace you’ve never been in your community– a factory, museum, or even an old graveyard. Really explore it and talk about what you find.
3. Play detective. Take the kids to a “scene of the crime” like an empty lot or quiet park. Give them notebooks and have them really look at the surroundings, then have them make up a story of what happened there based on the evidence. There are two tire tracks but only one set of footprints, so one person never got out of the car…. have them come up with their own stories.
4. Make a canopy out of fabric, sheets or lace curtains over your child’s bed. You can make something for the night or something more permanent. Kids love the privacy and the fun of canopies!
6. Sit down and paint, sketch or sculpt with your kids. Sure, you give them crafts to do but how often do you sit down for an hour and join in? They’ll love the extra attention and you might not realize how much fun you’ll have!
7. Look at old videos of your children as babies, and even of the times before they were born. Talk about how you felt during those times and retell the stories that go along with them.
8. Do three sweet things today for each family member. They can be tiny little things, just something to show you love them that you know will make them happy. Buy your honey a big bag of his favorite treats and bring it to him after supper. Leave the dishes and go read a story to your toddler. Give extra monkey hugs (in our family, we dip kids upside down and holler “monkey hug!” and swing them back up– then repeat until exhaustion), and so on.
9. Have the kids put on a show for the family. They can dance, sing, act, you name it. Ask them to spend the day preparing it, then offer to charge admission after supper (to you, older relatives, whoever). It can be a talent show, variety show, or whatever they like. Help them put together costumes, music, and the works. For little ones, you can do the same thing but scale down the preparation. Let them wear tutus and spin around with scarves, then sing “I’m a little teapot” for doting onlookers.
10. Find a park that offers something different like paddle boats, horseback riding, or even horseshoes. Spend a lazy day connecting and having fun.
What are your plans for making some magical moments this week? Please leave them in the comments!
Don’t forget to take care of you!