Sorry to be MIA for so long again. Let’s see if I can do better this month! :)
Here are a few ways to make some memories with your kiddos this week…..
1. Head outside to enjoy the spring weather for some simple, old fashioned fun together. Blow bubbles (the photo above is from about 8 years ago when the local paper caught me playing with Jack and Victoria in the front yard). Fly kites. Toss the frisbee. There’s a reason those things have lasted so many generations. They’re just fun!
2. Paint some walking sticks. Head out to the woods and found some good specimens, and then bring them home and decorate them.
3. Play magic eight ball radio. This silly game is something my husband and our sixteen year-old, Victoria, came up with on their way to play practice together last month. All they do is ask the radio a question (How is opening night going to go? Should the family go to Sioux Falls tomorrow? How is Alex going to act at the restaurant?) and then press “seek” on the radio. The first line or sentence that someone says or sings after it finds a station is the answer. Sometimes they have to press seek a few times to get a proper answer. The answers tend to be pretty funny, and our whole family was laughing when they taught us how to play last week.
4. Make some yarn eggs together. We first did this craft when my Annalee was a preschooler. She’s now fifteen! Here are the instructions.
5. Do some dice drawing! Here’s a free printable to play this fun art game, or you could make up your own together.
6. Go for a walk in the rain (or after the rain) and go puddle stomping together.
7. Make some Ivory soap clouds in the microwave and then paint them. Here are the easy instructions and the science behind what happens.
8. Do some chalk art around the house and yard together. Parents magazine says:
Walk around outside your home with a piece or two of chalk and look for interesting patterns — eyes in knots of wood, oddly shaped cracks in the sidewalk or driveway, a nail hole in the wall — that can be turned into a little picture with a few quick strokes. Let your imagination lead you; chalk isn’t permanent. Take a photo for yourself, then leave your art for someone else to find.
9. Do a photo shoot together. Kids of all ages love to pose for photos, and then you can play with filters and photo apps to perfect the shots. This is also one of my kids’ favorite ways to make memories with each other. My big kids are always getting the little ones to pose for them.
Photo by Jack (age 9), edited by Anna (age 12)
Photo of Fiona (age 3) by Anna (age 14)
10. Make some DIY cardboard box kits! I absolutely love this idea from Inner Child Fun. Head over for the easy instructions.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off to try to catch up on the next 150 things I’m behind on! Have a magical week!