Long time, no see, I know! How about we make a little magic this week?
Note: I started this post early Monday morning but I have a sick little girl today so I am just now finishing it. Lucky for me, it’s still Monday so I’m still good. 😉
Here are ten little ways to make a little magic with your kiddos this week…
1. Leave some painted rocks in nature for folks to stumble upon.
2. Give the kids some paint pens or labels and pens, and let them alter some of your spice bottles with magical or crazy names. Basil can become fairy grass or peppercorns can become eye of newt. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild! We did this a few years ago and it was so fun to open the cupboards and find our renamed containers!
3. Make a wreath for the door together. It can be made of anything — grapevine wreaths decorated with ornaments and ribbon, pine boughs wired in a circle with a big bow, or simple colored paper hand prints. Do it together and hang it proudly.
4. Head outside for a nature scavenger hunt. If you like, make it an alphabet hunt and try to find items that start with each letter of the alphabet (like wooly bear caterpillar for W).
5. Give little ones laundry basket rides in the kitchen or down the hallway. Put a pillow in the bottom, plop a child in and then push, pull and spin it around to your little one’s delight. You can thread a jump rope or scarf through some holes or the handle to make it easier to pull. Kids can give each other rides too (and the pulling is great exercise to expend some of that extra energy!).
6. Learn a song together and film yourselves singing it (as flamboyantly as possible!). Send the clip to loved ones and spread some smiles.
7. Make Painted Soap Clouds
8. Go gather some pine cones (or whatever is similar in your part of the world) and bring them home to craft with them. Cover them with glue, glitter, sequins and multicolored paint to display them all over the house and as ornaments. Nothing is more fun to your average small child than getting to make gluey, glittery, multi-colored messes!
9. Leave silly notes in hiding places all over the house. It may take months for somebody to stumble on all of them, but it’s a wonderful way to break up an ordinary day to suddenly stumble on a note that says “Mama loves you” or “Kisses! You must come give your grandma 18 kisses immediately upon finding this!”.
10. Dress up in super fabulous clothes and go grocery shopping. Crowns optional!
And with that, chickadees, I’m off to hopefully not disappear for quite as long this time. Have a magical week!