Okay, so I’m a little late, but better late than never, right?
Here’s a few ways to make some magical memories with your kiddos this week….
1. During the night, decorate the living room with streamers and a big sign that says “Happy _____ Day!” (marmot day, random day, I love you day, blueberry day…) Make up traditions for the day together– you must wear purple, it’s traditional to eat ice cream for breakfast, whatever.
2. Teach the kids to whistle with blades of grass and stage your own backyard grass concert together.
3. Play with water balloons. Get creative with how to throw them. For instance, we like to throw them straight up and try to be as close as possible to where they land. We also like to make targets and try to catch them without breaking them.
4. Make a love box. Find a fun, small box and put a treat inside. Leave it on someone’s pillow, at their seat at the dinner table or in a lunch box. The person has to put something in it and pass it on to another family member. Ideas for treats– a chocolate, a tiny toy, a poem, a drawing, a love letter, a fresh flower, a list of things you love about the person, a coupon for a back rub…
5. Make squirt gun art. Give the kids each a piece of poster board and some washable markers and ask them to use lots of colors and make a design all over the posterboard. They can do lines, colored circles, patterns, whatever. The more color the better! Hang them on the clothes line or prop them up in the back yard and give each child a squirt gun filled with water. Have them squirt their pictures to make the ink run and make new designs, colors and patterns.
6. Visit a museum together.
7. Let the kids camp out in the back yard or living room. Better yet, join them. Don’t forget the campfire songs!
8. Fade some clothes. Let each child pick a dark or bright colored T-shirt and gather an assortment or rocks or other small, heavy shapes. Have the kids arrange their shapes on the T-shirts in a sunny place where they can remain undisturbed for a few days. Have them check their shirts every few days until they have faded enough to make the pattern really visible.
9. Go strawberry picking.
10. Throw a theme potluck– everyone must bring a dish that starts with A, has exactly 3 ingredients or is a certain color, for example. If you don’t want to have to clean first, stage it at a park.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off in search of a bowl of ice cream with my name on it. ;)
Hug your kiddos, count your blessings, and don’t forget to take care of you!