We survived the heat of the last couple of weeks and I have hopes that it will get back down to a normal summer. Baby has been making herself known big-time with lots of kicks, rolls, bounces and super-strength Braxton-Hicks contractions.
This week also marks a special sort of anniversary for me. This is the 100th list of ways to make the day magical since I switched from the newsletter of years ago to the blog! Wow! That’s a lot of yapping over the past few years!
Here’s a few ways to make some magic with your kiddos this week…
1. Climb a tree together and read a book or have a snack in it.
2. Gather spent flower petals and make petal pictures.
3. Take the kids on a Farmers’ Market scavenger hunt.
4. Have a picnic in the back yard for breakfast.
5. Make cupcakes and sprinkle the tops with pop rocks candies for a fun surprise when the kids bite into them. We usually make all-natural goodies, but this is so fun I have been meaning to try it for some time now. Some folks who have tried it are here and here.
6. Check out your local chamber of commerce or tourist publications and find someplace in your area to visit for the first time. Try a new park, museum, art gallery or restaurant together.
7. Make up some flour paint and do squirt painting.
8. Try to eat something really tricky for lunch or dinner with chopsticks.
9. Start an “I love you” board together on the inside of your cupboard doors. Cover them with contact paper for easy removal (and for keepsakes). Take turns leaving notes to each other, artwork, recording special moments, etc. Make sure little ones understand which places are okay for this special graffiti.
10. Stage a virtual talent show for a loved one. Assemble costumes and props and then sing songs, put on clown acts, recite poems, tell jokes, do magic tricks, whatever and videotape it all. Email it to a loved one who could use a smile (and save it for years later when you can all smile at the memory!).
And with that, I’m off in search of a nice cup of tea and some sort of magical spell to clean my kitchen. And no, it never works but it’s fun to pretend!
Have a wonderful week!