Thursday, October 17, 2013

What to DO?

These past few weeks have been busy. Fun. But busy. We are in the clear as far as sickness goes...or we were until Josh started to get a tickle in his throat on Monday. We have all been downing EmergenC and eating loads of fruits. I do not recommend one child eating almost an entire pineapple...regardless of how much they insist they love it. The after effects are not pleasant.

So, over my almost five years of being a stay-at-home-mom, I have received countless variations to the infamous question, "What do you DO all day?" I even recently read a rather enjoyable blog post by Matt Walsh about stay-at-home mommas.  My responses over the years have changed (as have my responsibilities) and they have ranged from highly annoyed to actually trying to justify myself and listing out details of cleaning up diaper explosions and handling emotional meltdowns all while trying to maintain some sense of overall peace and joy in the home. However, I have found that if you are a stay-at-home mom you KNOW how hard you work and how exhausting but rewarding it is. And if you are not a stay-at-home mom, you could not possibly understand even if I listed out my schedule from wake to sleep (well, I guess it is called sleep- whenever all the lights go out). So, instead of attempting to justify a life-style choice or trying to convince someone of my value to society, I thought I would share some of our activities we have enjoyed in the last week or so. Whether you're a mom who stays home or goes to a job at some point during the day, an aunt, a dad, a family friend, anyone really who likes to hang out with kids, this list may jump start your creativity of what to DO with them ;) 

  •  animal charades
  • making jello together and then playing with it when it's ready
  • nature walks and each time a different theme (ie~ find as many colors as possible, take a baggie and collect "treasures", how many living things do you see, etc)
  • Using our "roller dice" to help us when we are hard pressed to come up with something (I let the girls come up with their own ideas and I wrote them down)

  • Dress-up (I have one little one who lives in princess clothes and another who hates bows and makeup so we have a variety of "dress up" choices)
  • Craft time (we have an entire pantry I cleared out and filled with "goodies"- markers, every color and kind of paper you can imagine, modge podge, glue, paint, pom-poms, etc) Sometimes I have a specific craft in mind, other times I fill the table with supplies and let them loose!

  • Running around the outside of the house to get their "injury" out (that is what my oldest has called energy since she could speak) when we can't all get out for a walk.
  • Sidewalk chalk masterpieces
  • Giving them Windex and paper towels to "clean" my windows- a surprising favorite of theirs
  • Scrubbing coins with soapy water and a toothbrush
  • Looking through our online photo albums of all our adventures while I tell them memories and they tell me theirs
  • Building forts and hideouts with blankets and living room furniture
  • Obstacle courses (if they fall off and touch the ground alligators eat them)
  • Sorting coins (I have a set of plastic ones that look just like real ones only not as 'dirty' but you can use the real ones too!)

  • Using different hands-on activities we call "school" from My Father's World. This week we worked on patterns.

  • Listening to music and having a dance party. One of our favorite cd's is Hide 'Em in Your Heart because we get to dance plus we have memorized a ton of Scripture from it
  • Sorting socks by color
  • Write a letter to a family or friend who has done something nice for you or just to say hi
  • Come up with a topic and make up a song about it

Hopefully some of our week's activity will help you with an idea or two! Everyday can be an adventure when you have young children with you. Enjoy!

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