Happy Monday! Sorry I’ve gone off for so long again. I seem to always be behind in everything but my heartbeat. :)
Here’s a few ways to make some magic with your kiddos this week….
1. Plan a silly theme pot luck in the park with friends. Have the kids agree on a theme (foods that start with B, family heritage recipes, naturally red foods, finger foods, foods on a stick, round foods…) and meet up at the park to enjoy the fun together.
2. Do art in the rain. Whether it’s drizzling or full on pouring, gather some sturdy cardstock, watercolor paper, canvas or poster board and art supplies and go out to create in it. Let the rain help make the art. Lay the paper flat to see how the raindrops splatter paint and markers as the kids create, or prop it up on an easel to make running paint effects. Bring it someplace safe to dry and then admire the kids’ artistic collaborations with nature. No rain? Use the sprinkler!
3. Explore a cave.
4. Make mix-and-match fruit slushies. Just freeze some fruit (chopped if it’s large, or whole if it’s small like berries) and then blend it in a strong blender with a little water and a bit of sugar to taste. Let the kids mix and match flavors and colors and then do taste tests to choose favorite combinations. If you have an ice cream maker you can also make fruit slushies or a soft serve sorbet by pouring in juice instead of your milk mixture.
5. Decorate some old hats as crazy as you can, and then wear them out in public.
6. Clear out a back closet or other out of the way place to become a secret hideaway for your child. Stock it with flashlights and lots of fun items to decorate it.
7. Start a family poem wall. Put up a large piece of paper on a door and put a pen nearby. Ask every family member to add a word every time he or she passes. It can be silly or serious. Save the finished poems in an album or scrapbook.
8. Make a bubble frenzy somewhere public. Get lots of bottles of good bubbles and head out someplace where you and the kids can make masses of bubbles to bring smiles to as many faces as possible. We used to love to do this at a park on a corner where evening traffic was always congested, just to see the smiles break out on grumpy drivers’ faces.
9. Drape some blankets over a clothesline, tree, tent poles or other props in the back yard and make some impromptu forts. Stock the insides with some fun books, games, snacks, a flashlight, whatever, and see what fun the kids dream up to have in their new fun space.
10. Go to another town and on the way make up totally different identities for yourselves. I’ve recommended this one several times over the years, because it’s a family favorite. :) All day, call yourselves by your fake names and play along with your alternate life. Encourage the kids to really get creative for eavesdroppers.
And with that, my pretties, I’m off to tackle the next 99 things on my to-do list… or get distracted by something shiny on the internet. That’s pretty likely too!
Have a magical week!