It’s been too long since I’ve popped in and I’m once again resolving to find a way to do so more regularly.
So let’s start by getting back to some ways to make the day more magical. 🙂
Here are 10 ways to make a little magic this week…
1. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. I have a free fall nature scavenger hunt printable page here that you can use, or you can make up your own.
2. Make a leaf crown! All you need are some pretty leaves (nothing else!) and about five minutes to make a gorgeous leaf crown. Here’s a short video showing how to do it.
3. Teach your child how to make a favorite recipe. Even little kids can learn to make simple things like sandwiches, and big kids love to learn how to cook fancier dishes.
4. Go see a free presentation. Local libraries, museums, schools and other community centers tend to sponsor all kinds of free talks on everything from butterflies to meteor showers to prohibition. See if you can find some upcoming talks that your kids would be interested in and go learn something new together.
5. Make up some homemade instant hot cocoa mix. I shared our basic recipe in the Instagram post below. You can adapt the formula to make it vegan, sugar free or otherwise meet your dietary needs and preferences (chime in if you have a favorite paleo version!). Adjust the proportions until you find the proper ratio for your tastes and then you have your own personal hot cocoa mix that the kids can mix up when they want to warm up with something sweet.
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Instant hot cocoa mix — powdered milk (dairy or non), cocoa and sugar (powdered or regular). Use proportions you like (I do about 2 parts milk, 1 part cocoa, 1 1/2 parts sugar) and shake to mix. Add about 2 heaping TBS to a mug of boiling water, or to taste. Add mini marshmallows if you like.
6. Help your child start a collection. Kids love to collect things — any things! Some of our kids’ favorite collections over the years have been rocks, artist trading cards, bugs and bottle caps (Jack’s favorite collection). You can even collect non-physical things, like types of clouds you’ve spotted (check out The Cloud Collector’s Handbook for a great book for doing that!).
7. Have some fun with photo apps. We created this fun picture of Alex with the free Photo Labs app. Or just open up Snapchat and take some fun selfies together. Print out and frame your favorite, if you like.
8. Leaf a message. Use pretty leaves to write sweet or silly messages outside and see who will wander onto them!
9. Make some marbleized fall leaves. Even if you don’t have fall leaves where you live (or not right now), you can make some gorgeous ones with your kiddos. Apartment Therapy tells you how to use shaving cream, acrylic paint and watercolor paper to make these pretty leaves.
10. Have an early morning picnic and watch the sunrise together. Get up a little early and grab something simple like muffins and a thermos of hot tea and go sit and watch the sunrise together. You can watch from the back yard, your balcony, the roof of your apartment, a local park, or even pulled over in the car in a pretty area on your way to work and school. Take some time to just talk and soak in the beauty.
And with that, my pretties, I’m off to find some food for a hungry little girl and try to wrestle my house in order.
Have a magical week!