Here’s a few ways to make some magic this week….
1. Make up some fizzing sidewalk chalk. Quirky Momma has all the details on how to take homemade sidewalk chalk paint to the next level. This is definitely on our to-do list this week!
2. Put birthday candles in each child’s dinner tonight. It doesn’t matter if dinner is sandwiches and it’s 9 months from their birthdays, kids just love blowing out candles and feeling special.
3. Go someplace beautiful together. Is there a hill outside of the city where you can park and watch the lights below? A Japanese garden with peaceful spots to relax? Find someplace beautiful and just sit and talk. Bring a treat like a bag of fresh chocolate chip cookies or old fashioned root beer in bottles, and just unwind together.
4. Try painting on salt. Tot School has the simple directions.
5. That idea was inspired by one on A Bit of This and a Bit of That. For another of their whimsical projects, try salt chalk painting.
6. Have a jam session. Gather up instruments and make your own by filling tins with pennies and getting pots to bang on. Find as many different types as you can, and then sit everybody down on the floor. Have someone start with a back beat and then one by one join in. We started a retreat with this when I was on the board of a state organization, and it was a hoot even for a room full of us old folks. Be as loud a you want!
7. Make homemade popsicles. We use fruit juice and sometimes freeze different flavors and colors in layers to make them especially fun.
8. Do some spring window art. Fingerpaint & Superheroes shows you how.
9. Pick out some older clothes and let the kids decorate them with markers. You can use washable markers (keep in mind that not all might wash out) and let kids make new designs each time, or you can use permanent ones. Fabric markers can add special highlights too. Here’s my girls years ago in some home-designed patterns.
10. Get out a small kiddie pool and fill it with something interesting. Here’s 21 possibilities.
And with that, my dears, I’m off again. Today I get to bring my oldest baby (13 year old Victoria) home from a week’s vacation with friends. I can’t wait to see her again!
Hug your kiddos, count your blessings and don’t forget to take care of you!