125 Happy Things

My kids and I like to take part in Unplug Your kids challenges and we’ve missed them lately.  I was busy being miserably sick all last week but I saw today that the theme was happy and I thought that seemed too good of a theme to pass up!  So I’ve gathered my gang and asked them all to compile a list of things that make them happy.

Here’s 125 ways to be happy, a few from each of us….

From Victoria (age 10)

  1. Sledding
  2. Ice skating
  3. Skateboarding
  4. Playing on the computer
  5. Bike riding
  6. Riding a scooter
  7. Making jewelry
  8. Reading funny books
  9. Climbing trees
  10. Hanging upside down
  11. Hanging right side up too
  12. Playing soccer
  13. Playing baseball in the yard
  14. Playing football (at least what we think is football) in the yard
  15. Swimming
  16. Going to the ocean
  17. Being with friends
  18. Volunteering at the animal shelter
  19. Laughing
  20. Dessert
  21. Programming on Scratch
  22. Dogs
  23. Doing crafts
  24. Running
  25. Jumping
From Anna (9)…
  1. Painting
  2. Building snowmen
  3. Doing art
  4. Shopping
  5. Catching tadpoles
  6. Playing in the mud
  7. Using mom’s computer
  8. Playing Webkinz
  9. Choosing earrings
  10. Designing clothes
  11. Chewing bubble gum
  12. Playing with beads
  13. Playing with Barbies
  14. Playing with Littlest Pet Shop
  15. Reading Encyclopedia Brown
  16. Collecting bottle caps
  17. Playing with friends
  18. Snuggling with Mama
  19. Chatting with Dad
  20. Gmail
  21. Painting my nails
  22. Doing makeup
  23. Singing and dancing
  24. Songwriting
  25. Taking pictures

By Jack (age 5)….

  1. Getting presents
  2. Drinking tea with Mom
  3. Doing good deeds
  4. Playing mini golf
  5. Building with blocks
  6. Doing crafts with Mom
  7. Making necklaces
  8. Play on the swingset
  9. Playing with marbles
  10. Walking on a balance beam
  11. Using silly putty
  12. Cooking
  13. Growing flowers
  14. Going on walks
  15. Collecting nature
  16. Playing video games with friends
  17. Holding rats
  18. Bird watching
  19. Reading picture books
  20. Playing at the park
  21. Using little people at Grandma & Grandpa’s
  22. Eating macaroni and cheese
  23. Doing flipsy-doodles (flipping upside down holding Daddy)
  24. Sitting on Mama’s lap
  25. Flint knapping

I’ll answer for Alex (22 months)…

  1. Dancing
  2. Blowing bubbles
  3. Hammering things
  4. Playing "find the phone"
  5. Making music
  6. Climbing
  7. Doing whatever his big brother and sisters are doing
  8. Playing hide and seek
  9. Eating snow
  10. Throwing balls
  11. Watching toddler videos on you-tube
  12. Nursing
  13. Drinking with a straw
  14. Looking at picture books with Mom or Dad
  15. Getting tickled
  16. Tickling
  17. Cuddling with Mama
  18. Singing made up songs
  19. Jumping while Victoria swings him
  20. Riding on toy cars
  21. Drawing
  22. Doing the "ladies go to market" ride with Victoria
  23. Going down slides
  24. Taking baths
  25. Getting kisses to make owies better

And from me…
Things that make me happy to do with my kids….

  1. Getting/giving pedicures 
  2. Reading really fun read-alouds
  3. Exploring new places
  4. Beach combing
  5. Doing altered books
  6. Learning new things together
  7. Road trips
  8. Playing in the sprinkler
  9. Puddle stomping
  10. Gardening
  11. Going to the zoo
  12. Making home videos
  13. Going to small town museums
  14. Having picnics
  15. Running in the rain
  16. Whistling with blades of grass
  17. Going on neighborhood treasure hunts
  18. Bringing treats to neighbors
  19. Playing whiffle ball with friends
  20. Hiking
  21. Feeding apples to the elk and bison in Redwood Falls
  22. Watching them act in community theater
  23. Having wacky fun like eating dessert without our hands
  24. Learning new things from them
  25. Hugs and kisses, all I want   šŸ™‚



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  1. Anonymous

    what 4yr olds should know
    I happen to be part of one of those “fancy preschools” you are mentioning. Did you evrer consider doing any research before bashing all schools into one? Our school takes the approach of using imaginationa nd learning through play and experience – in fact any quality early childhood setting would not and should not be teaching children by rote memorization! Early Childhood Educators know this to be true – It is amazing to me how many people think they are experts on childhood because they have children!

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