Ready for some ways to make some magic this week? Here ya go……
1. Teach the kids to do the hand jive or the macarena and then do it together to all kinds of music (You-Tube can help if you’re rusty!).
2. Let the kids set up the camera on self timer and take zany pictures of themselves. (Next time, I’m joining in!)
2. Find a big open space and fly kites.
3. Go to an ethnic restaurant you’ve never been to before and try something new together.
4. Make some of these adorable fridge magnets from felt scraps like Samster Mommy. All you need to do is cut them out and sew them with a blanket stitch, and the magnets are inside so there’s no risk of them being swallowed. And they’re darling! Pics and descriptions are here and a pattern is here.
5. Ask on Freecycle for old prom dresses for dress-up and material to make into nifty new play outfits (and superhero capes).
6. Go hunting rainbows.
7. Start researching your family tree together. My husband and kids found out that they’re related to Giles Corey, the only man to be killed in the Salem Witch Trials, among other interesting discoveries. It makes history and geography come to life when you realize you’re actually connected to those people and places you’ve studied about in school — plus it’s just plain fascinating.
8. Have everybody in the family write questions on colorful slips of paper and put them in a bowl — from thought provoking (What historical character would you like to have lunch with?) to personal (What have you done lately that you’re proud of?) to silly (If you were a candy bar, what would you be called?). At dinner, take turns pulling out papers and answering the questions.
9. Head to a different branch of the library than you usually do and check out a pile of fabulous books (and DVD’s, computer CD’s, music, shaped cake pans, artwork, rainy day kits or anything else that particular branch carries!).
10. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket full of quick munchies and your child, and head out someplace peaceful to just sit and talk.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off again.
Have a wonderful week.
Don’t forget to take care of you!