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Thanksgiving break is here. It has only been one day but boy, it’s been quite a day! I mean, it isn’t like I haven’t entertained all 4 kids at home before but there is something about being on vacation that brings a whole other side to the kids. Perhaps it is knowing that they have time to do everything so they want to do everything but don’t even know where to start! The thing is, I have gotten used to my routine with them in school. I have time to clean, work and run errands. It’s only been a few months of flying mostly solo but doing those things have become habit. So what do you do when you have to entertain all your kids at home? Going out is the obvious answer but I have a napping baby and also had a sick child. Going out wasn’t an option. Staying home was the difficult to accept answer but it really wasn’t too bad- just long. And of course when they are home they want to play on the ipad or watch a movie. I’m ok with those but I really want to use them sparingly and when I really need it- like when I have to shower! Haha! Mom life, right?So how do we keep our kids from “being bored” and staying indoors? We send them outside. And in this day in age, where kids are so used to technology, they get bored easily and want to be entertained. My whole thing is that I want them to learn to entertain themselves. They can’t always rely on someone or something to entertain them. I want them to use their imaginations and just play- like we used to as kids. So here are a few things you can do to help keep the kiddos outside and entertained.
- Teach them games. Sometimes I forget that my kids aren’t already programmed with my knowledge. They don’t know how to play (insert game here) even though it seems pretty intuitive. They simply just don’t know unless you (or their friends) teach them. Try simple games like freeze tag, duck duck goose, hide and seek (teach them the rules and safety precautions for this one), beat the keeper and crack the egg. Go on a scavenger hunt in your own backyard. Teach them to find new plants, new bugs, to make “soup” with sticks and grass and all that fun stuff. I have 4 kids so they have each other to play with. But what if you just have one? Read on, my friend.(I must be getting old…. I got a cramp from laughing)
- Stay outside with them. I know I said previously that I want them to go outside so I can have some time to do stuff, right? Well, yes. You can still do that. But it may also be helpful if you went outside for part of the time. And for those with one child, this is where you become their playmate. For some reason, kids always want to be where you are: on the couch, in the same room, right at your feet as you go to the bathroom! They feel a sense of comfort in knowing you are right where they can see you. So if you need to get stuff done, perhaps do the stuff you need to do inside quickly and take anything else outside with you. Sometimes I answer emails while they play outside. They can see me sitting right there and I smile and call out to them from time to time. Other times I just sit and watch those little rascals because I just love them so much that I want to soak up their giddy laughter….And because you know in a few minutes they will be fighting again. And if you want to join in on the fun- the actual fun, not the fighting, do it!
- Dress them appropriately. I know this is a no brainer but if I take the time to make sure they will be warm/cool enough then they don’t come back in the house consistently. Sometimes they just play in the rain and get all wet and muddy- and that’s ok. They do come in a little sooner than the times they put on a rain jacket, pants and boots. Also having those things easily accessible will help keep them out longer because their process doesn’t get interrupted for a long period of searching for their gloves: right in that bucket in the closet. And by appropriately I don’t mean they have to match. Clearly my boys only wear athletic wear and my daughter has her own fashion sense. I pick my battles.
- Have toys outside. This can range from having a tiny soccer net outside that they can practice their game winning goal on to a water/sand table to a trampoline. Having toys that facilitate creativity and individual play is a great start. Sometimes kids don’t know where to start. These toys give them that initial push into using their imaginations. I remember my mother in law telling me that the 3 things she thought were the biggest assets to her home are trampoline, pool and play set. They are big purchases and if you plan on being in your home for a while they are worth the investment. Her kids grew up using those and guess what? My kids are now using them as well. While a trampoline may seem like a big purchase it is absolutely worth it. My kids go outside every day to jump on the trampoline. Rain or shine. Well, drizzle or shine. When it isn’t raining they bring the iPad out, hook it up to our smart trampoline and play games on it- all while jumping. The trampoline itself has sensors that let you play an interactive game on the iPad. It is great because my kids will play one game for a few minutes and then it is someone else’s turn. It keeps them engaged and gets them to cheer each other on.
My kids love being outdoors anyway. It is in their blood….their dad’s – haha! And I love that they can just pick up a football or soccer ball and start passing it around. My daughter will walk around picking up grass and plants so she can make her famous flower soup. They aren’t afraid of the gnarly Seattle spiders. They have become true Pacific Northwest children- not letting a little rain stop them. Just a note for all you Black Friday lovers or if you love a good deal, Springfree Trampoline is having an awesome sale November 14-28, only in select stores: Issaquah, WA, Atlanta, GA, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Houston, TX, Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC. This is an awesome gift for the whole family. Trust me.SAVE up to $996 with free delivery and installation, free FlexrHoop and free FlexrStep AND a free Fitness Trampoline. This is the best offer of the year friends! If you are concerned about finances, they do offer financing – 9 months 0% interest. Install dates are booking fast! A $99 deposit will secure your installation date for the Holidays. How cool would it be to see the look on your kids’ faces when you take them outside to see this? It’s a gift for them and a gift for you!