I used to hate having to play outside with the kiddos. Seriously, I had no idea what to do with them.
Finally, I learned that you really don’t have to “do” that much. The key ingredients are:
- to relax
- to have fun
- to give yourself permission to PLAY like a kid again
My kiddos are just as happy being pushed on the swing as they are laying in the grass “cloud gazing” or digging in the sandbox. And I found out that it really is FUN for me, too.
Not only that, but we all tend to be at our best when we’re outside. We fight less, and I am not the main entertainment as often!
Here’s a neat trick that we tried the other day.
We took a bottle of bubble solution (you can get these pretty inexpensively at Wal Mart or Christmas Tree Shop), a big bowl and an empty paper towel tube.
Dip one end of the tube into the bubble solution, blow through the other end, and VOILA!
Nice giant bubbles, eh?
You’ll notice that after a few times doing this, your tube will get a little soggy at the end. I just snipped off the soggy part with a pair of scissors, and it was Game On again! (It’s better to use a paper towel tube if you want it to last you a little while).
One thing that I often marvel at is how different my 2nd child’s experiences are and at an earlier age than we ever would have thought to do things with our 1st child! I never would have thought to let my son paint at an easel at 18 months!
Though in my defense, #1 we didn’t have as many things when he was that age, and #2 he is the type of child that experiences things with his WHOLE body. He would’ve been wearing that paint within seconds, I’m sure of it!
At any rate, I found that my 18-month-old can very easily maneuver bubble wands that look like this:
I do have to apologize – I have no idea where we got them from. But she can either wave the wand around (some spraying bubble solution does happen, but it produces bubbles just as often), or she has mastered actually blowing the bubbles and she’ll get a couple that way.
Anyway, get out and enjoy these beautiful days, and remember to just have fun. Your kids will thank you – and even if they forget to put it into words, you’ll see their thanks on those sweet little faces!