Happy Monday! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, too, for that matter. Happy everything!
Here’s a few ways to make a little magic today or sometime this week with your kiddos……….
1. Do some rainy day art with food coloring and cardstock. If you can’t get some rain, let the kids fake it with a squirt bottle or puddle splashing nearby. Little Page Turners has the instructions and tips.
2. Do some spring nature studies. Call some worms underground, start garden plants from kitchen scraps, test your soil’s pH with vinegar or otherwise work a little science into the season. Here are links to those and other fun spring nature study activities.
3. Create a family mural. I am in love with this idea and this art from the amazing Kirsten Rickert. Visit her blog for the full post and instructions (and lots more wonderful inspiration!).
4. Wait for a wonderfully windy day and blow bubbles like crazy. Here’s a picture of us from a few years ago. It’s also fun to do this on a grassy expanse by evening traffic. We’ve always delighted at the expressions on passing motorists stuck in traffic when deluged with bubbles being blown by happy children.
5. Do freeze dancing to Irish music (or any fun music). You can do this in honor of St. Patrick’s Day today or you can use any theme you like. Put on a CD (or find some good songs on you-tube) and have the kids all dance wildy. Every time you hit pause, they have to freeze in place.
6. Paint some walking sticks. Head into nature and find some big, suitable sticks, bring them home and make them beautiful. They can jazz up the yard in between nature hikes.
7. Sit together and do gratitude mandelas. This lovely one is via Pinterest but I couldn’t find the original artist. If you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit.
8. Make grapevine wreaths and crowns. Here are the simple instructions, courtesy of myself and Victoria a few years back.
9. Go for a walk in the rain. Mist counts. After the rain counts. Just wearing a fun raincoat on an overcast day counts.
10. Only clean the green things today. Go through the house together and put away anything green, scrub anything green and otherwise just give a little love to all things green. If you like, do red tomorrow, black the next day and so on.
And for a little Muppet fun this St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a version of Danny Boy that always makes me grin.
And with that, I’m off to the wilds of South Dakota with any number of small and large children for the day.
Have a magical week!