Here’s a few ways to make some memories with your kiddos this week….
1. Have the kids play dress up in their most fanciful clothes and then go on an evening walk around the neighborhood.
2. Start a snail habitat. Magical Mama Jen shared this sweet idea years ago for the Magical Childhood newsletter…
I have always loved snails, and while out with Sage a month or so ago, we were looking at snails and how they have 2 sets of antennae, etc…and I thought…why not bring them IN? Soooo….I searched on the internet to see what snails need to be able ot survive indoors. All you need is a large container with air holes (of course, lol) In the bottom, place about an inch of gravel…then a couple inches of soil on top of that. Place some “greenery” from outside in there…it will root and grow very well….also, give them a rock to play on, lol, and lean a stick in there…..a good idea is to place some moss on some of the soil to help retain moisture for them. They eat fruit and veggie scraps…..ours love carrot and cucumber, but do NOT like cantaloupe or celery. It’s been quite educational for us to have them…as well and fun…you can see their mouths open up, they have a row of teeth called a Radula that they rub on food to eat it..very neat to see their open mouths as they stick to the container. :o)
You should mist their habitat every day or so, keeping their home moist, but not overly so. Also…the chlorine in water is bad for them, so either leave a container of water open outside for a couple days to let the chlorine evaporate, or boil water for about 10 minutes. (lid off)
You should also clean out their home every week or so…and a tip that I saw on one web site was to put their food on a little piece of wood, or something to that effect, so once it starts to get a little “icky”, you can just take the wood out and rinse it off….much easier than digging around in there with your hands to remove the left overs.
Hope that helps some…if you need more info, try typing “snail habitat” in a search engine….
3. Go for a walk in the rain with your child. Umbrellas optional.
4. Have a bubble relay outside– players blow or carry their bubbles from person to person and start over if they pop. Alternately, blow a bubble and see if you can work as a team to blow it across a finish line.
5. Help the kids make these pretty pens from strips of their art or favorite scrapbooking papers. Chocolate on my Cranium has the super easy instructions. These could also make sweet gifts for Father’s Day.
6. Make up a miniature golf course in the backyard or living room.
7. Throw a fairy party.
8. Find a patch of clover and find four leaf clovers. My kids find dozens. To preserve them, press them between a small, folded piece of waxed paper in a heavy book.
9. Find some whimsical stickers and help the kids scatter them around the house in half-secret places. We once used a sheet of dragonfly rub-ons this way and it was so fun to happen upon them. You can put them inside a dresser drawer or cabinet drawer, on baseboards or mirrors, anywhere. Make sure they’re removable if you don’t want permanent whimsy!
10. Make tissue paper resist prints. The Frugal Family Fun Blog tells you how.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off to pretend to be productive before my doctor’s appointment. Hopefully we’ll get an ultrasound date this time and we can try to find out a little more about our jumping bean!
Have a magical week!