Lately, I’ve been sitting back and really observing my children, noting how we adults could learn a thing or two from our little ones. They see things in such an innocent light.
While we grumble that the rain will get our just-washed car dirty, my son tells me “the rain will make your car all clean!” Those pesky dandelions are as much fun to blow & watch float away as pricey bubbles, and my son loves hunting for yellow ones and bringing the “pretty flowers” to me. I grumble about soap scum in the tub, but my son thinks that rubbing his soap all around will help me clean the tub.
I’m anticipating a long summer full of choruses “I’m bored.” It’s difficult with a small baby, to go do things with my other kids. So, I’m going to act like a kid and try to experience the joy in little things. My kids love when I put cooking, cleaning & laundry aside & play with them, and I’ve been thinking about things I did as a kid.
Here are some ideas!
- Lay in the grass and look at the clouds. Do my kids see the same shapes I do?
- Roll down a hill, see who gets to the bottom first!
- Camp in the backyard.
- Swing from a tree branch.
- Pick flowers in the yard.
- Get a bucket of soapy water and “wash” toy cars.
- Have a picnic.
- Go to the park & see who can swing highest.
- Dig in the dirt for
rocks“treasure.” Wash treasures in the soapy water bucket & see what you find!
- Play in the sandbox and make a castle, complete with moat.
- Get paper & a fresh box of crayons, sit down with your kids & color! Make a picture for the other person.
- Make play dough, then sit down and make something with your kids!
- Eat breakfast outside and listen for birds.
- Take a magnifying glass outside and explore!
- Instead of a Pinterest worthy craft or recipe, make something messy and fun, even if it isn’t pretty!
- Put on your bathing suit and “paint” with pudding outside. Clean up with the hose.
What was your favorite thing to do during the summer as a child?