They must be taught these things anyway (making a grocery list, decluttering a closet, making muffins) and a few of our greatest conversations are whereas working alongside each other. We have a loose rule in our home that’s “solely on the weekends.” (And at that, they get to pick one movie each day.) Granted we bend the principles once in a while, however the default isn’t TV. Sadly, I suppose plenty of mother and father, accidentally or not, are the ones to show kids the “default to TV” habit.
Collect all of the vehicles, dinosaurs, animals and so on and make a play area on the mattress. Make it dramatic, (Oh no! Here comes the dinosaur (or lion or monster)- fast, get within the car, lets drive to the mountains! I give my toddler a set of watercolors, a couple of paint brushes, fill up the tub about an inch and let her paint away on the walls, the bathe door, the tap and of course her physique. She loves the liberty to paint and my encouragement to make a huge mess. It is a very easy clear up by ending with a shower.
🙂 many nice things happen when Nothing is the motivator. We live in such a media saturated world that they count on leisure to at all times come to them. Stumbled upon Simplemom.Net while searching and i loye your concept on Home Management Notebook. From there, I started to read your entries and this entry captured me so much. It’s probably the greatest things for nurturing creativity and resourcefulness!
- My kids have mainly stopped enjoying all their different games.
- But the general “value” makes me rue the day we let this into our home.
We do plenty of these already and I plan to add a few of these to our list. But they love to assist me cook (infant watching). I have two 11 yo’s (my youngest two of 11) and so they spend a great a part of their day simply doing no matter I’m doing.
Go to a neighborhood elementary college and play on the playground. It’s a part of Tsh’s well-liked e-newsletter called Books & Crannies, the place she shares thoughts in regards to the intersection of stories & travel, work & play, religion & questions, and extra.
my son is 5 he loves constructing houses out of cardboard bins….and out of wood. I love ‘Nothing’ – boredom is the mom of invention.