Ok. Sometimes my kids can come up with some creative ideas. I wanted to share their ideas because if it works for them, then it might work for your kids!
First, a compact individual storage container for crayons on the go! This is simply an empty Mentos Gum tube that is the perfect size for 7-8 crayons. When I take the kids on the trip to Grandma’s house, I rarely let them take crayons. The reason being that the one time I allowed it, the entire box of crayons was spilled multiple times. I ended up with crayon wrappers and shavings all over the back of my van. This way, they have a few colors that can all be kept neat and tidy in this little container. Props to my 3 year old, Grant, for coming up with this idea!
Second, a way to burn energy on those rainy days that the kids are stuck in the house! (and work on their coordination and balance at the same time) This is a beautiful winter scarf that, believe it or not, has lasted over 2 years for my daughter. Now, it is being re-purposed into an exercise program. Lay the scarf out lengthwise, as shown in this picture, to practice beginning jumps.
You can do these at your own pace, or crank up some music to keep you in time. Jump ‘forward’ then ‘backward’, being careful not to step on the scarf. Start with both legs, then try just one. If only 1 person is jumping, then try to get from one end to the other without stepping on the scarf. Then, when you feel like you’re ready for something more advanced, fold it up as shown in picture #2. This one is a bit more tricky–add some side steps. Now it is ‘forward’, ‘backward’, ‘right side’, ‘left side’. If you are really adventurous, allow a family member to call your next step for you. Since your mind isn’t calling the shots, it makes the jumps even more difficult. This fun activity brought to you by my 8 year old, Miranda!
We’ll save ideas from Clare and Elsie for another post. Let me know if your kids were able to use these ideas!