I hope everything is going wonderfully in your neck of the woods.
Things are pretty good here. Fiona turned 6 weeks old today and she’s growing like crazy. We all have fun getting her to smile and taking turns cuddling her. The older kids have all been busy with new friends, old friends, out of town visits, crafts, reading, learning and keeping their dad and I on our toes.
Here’s a few ways to make a little magic with your kiddos this week…
1. Have a Pinterest week challenge. If you’re on Pinterest, you know that there are always oodles of fun crafts, recipes and projects to pin. The problem is that it’s easy to spend all of your time pinning and no time actually doing the crafts, recipes and projects! Last week, I challenged myself to do at least one “pin” every day. So far, I’ve discovered a half dozen new recipes that are keepers, played fun art games with my kids and found some printables the kids really liked. (Here’s my boards, where you’re likely to find lots of things I’ve pinned to include in 10 ways to make the day magical lists!)
2. Give the kids some paint pens and let them alter some of your spice bottles with magical or crazy names. Basil can become fairy grass or peppercorns can become eye of newt. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild! We did this a few years ago and it was so fun to open the cupboards and find our renamed containers!
(I searched all over for some pictures I had of ours from way back and couldn’t find them. I guess it’s a sign we need to do it again!)
3. Leave elf footprints around the house. Cut tiny, pointed shoe prints out of a piece of sponge and dip them in a plate of flour or a bowl of homemade mud (depending on your floor surface!). Stamp a trail in some random places around the house– up on a windowsill, over by the children’s toys, leading to the fridge… all the places an elf would visit.
4. Gather up some unwanted Barbies (or pick some up for next to nothing at a thrift store) and have a Project Runway or Lady Gaga fashion challenge with them. Do crazy hairstyles, make the wackiest clothes imaginable and so on.
5. Make some favorite nursery rhymes or songs into Mad Libs, such as:
Hey diddle diddle, the (animal) and the (musical instrument)
The (farm animal) jumped over the (noun)
The (adjective) (noun) (verb, past tense)
To see such (noun)
And the (noun) ran away with the (noun)
Older kids? Turn some modern rock or pop songs into mad libs and then make a video of the kids singing the new versions!
6. Give your kids laundry basket rides in the kitchen or down the hallway. Put a pillow in the bottom, plop a child in and then push, pull and spin it around to your little one’s delight. You can thread a jumprope or scarf through some holes or the handle to make it easier to pull. Kids can give each other rides too (and the pulling is great exercise to expend some of that extra energy!).
7. Make a cave! Lagniappe Academy has more info on this fun and simple idea.
8. Have the kids draw with markers or crayons just using their feet. It may help to tape down the paper on the floor.
9. Tape a length of ribbon at net level, blow up a balloon, and have a family game of volleyball inside.
10. Mix washable tempera paint with a little dish soap and paint winter or holiday scenes on the windows. For little ones, cut sponges into holiday shapes like trees, ornaments, dreidels and bells and let them stamp the paint on. It’ll wash right off with water and a sponge later. To make clean-up easier, you can decorate the outside of the windows, though it won’t be waterproof, of course.
And with that, I’m off to tackle a to-do list longer than my leg (though truth be told, I’m really short so that’s not saying a lot).
Have a magical week!