I hope you and your family stayed safe from the recent storms.
Here’s a few ways to make some memories this week……
1. Make some flower petal potions. The Imagination Tree has instructions for making their lovely Rose Petal Fairy Perfume. Just don’t be surprised if it smells less than lovely after a few days if all the petals aren’t removed in a timely fashion. I speak from years of experience finding forgotten potions in my house! 🙂
2. Bake a white sheet cake and decorate with clean paintbrushes and fruit juice paint. (To make fruit juice paint, either use a little bit of frozen 100% fruit concentrate that’s been thawed or put a small amount of frozen fruits like blueberries or strawberries in a dish and microwave them for about 30 seconds. The resulting juice at the bottom of the dish will be vividly colored.)
3. Play baseball, basketball or catch with water balloons.
4. Try some snap painting! Irrisistible Ideas for Play Based Learning has this fun tutorial that I want to try with my kiddos (outside!) sometime soon.
5. Make some easy stilts. Use a can opener to poke holes on either side of two large coffee cans (upside down). Thread rope through to make handles for the kids to hold on to as they walk.
6. Start a bug collection. Dead bugs only. 🙂
7. Make an obstacle course in the back yard. Good props include boards, rope, tires, tall cardboard boxes (open both ends to make tunnels), wading pools, hula hoops and sprinklers.
8. Put chalkboard contact paper on lower kitchen cabinets and turn the kitchen into an art gallery for the kids. Peel it off when you’re sick of it.
9. Make a mess in the mud. Find some dirt, get it wet, and stomp, smush and play together in it. Wiggle your toes in it. Write your name in it. Stir it with sticks. Put it in pie tins. Get dirty. I guarantee it’ll be one of the best times you’ll have all week.
10. Do something for your kids that they’d swear they’ve outgrown, but would secretly love. Make some treat they relished when they were little, bring out a beloved family book or movie, sing them “their” songs and pull them onto your lap for just a little bit. We never really outgrow the need to be babied at least once in a while.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off to bake some goodies and play outside with my sweeties.
Have a magical week!