I wanted to share today how we plan activities to do with the kids and also some tricks I have found give me some follow through so I actually do activities with my kids! I think it is really easy just to stay at home most days with the kids - and don't get me wrong it feels gooooood to stay home and nothing is wrong with it and I actually think it is really healthy to have those lazy, unplanned days. But even if the kids aren't bored I get a little bored and anxious to get out - and even if we don't get out we do try to be as intentional with our time as we can. So here are my tips and I want to hear what works for you other moms as well!
I wanted to share today how we plan activities to do with the kids and also some tricks I have found give me some follow through so I actually do activities with my kids! I think it is really easy just to stay at home most days with the kids – and don’t get me wrong it feels gooooood to stay home and nothing is wrong with it and I actually think it is really healthy to have those lazy, unplanned days. But even if the kids aren’t bored I get a little bored and anxious to get out – and even if we don’t get out we do try to be as intentional with our time as we can. So here are my tips and I want to hear what works for you other moms as well!
1. At the beginning of each month I like to go through local calendars and see what is going on in our area. There are dozens of websites for any city you are in. I usually just search “Phoenix calendar of events for kids” and lots of websites come up. Here is an example of one. It shows any new exhibits, festivals and fairs, pretty much anything kid related! I especially love to look these up around the holidays because websites will have all the fun activities for the fam. Around holidays look up hotel and resort’s calendars because they usually have really fun holiday events going on.
2. After I find things going on I plan out the month of activities. I usually try to pick at least 2 outings as a family per week and have them in the calendar. Even if it is just “go to the splash pad and get smoothies after” – doesn’t have to be anything crazy but I find that if its in the calendar I can plan our days around those family activities and they almost always happen. If I don’t have it in the calendar sometimes I get lazy and just think “we will go next week” but the calendar keeps me accountable. (I just use google calendar and I have kid activities color coded in a certain color)
3. When David and I plan activities to do at the house with the kids or to go out, we usually look at what their current interests are and plan around that. For example, Atticus and Rosie are SO into Paw Patrol at the moment (especially Chase and Marshall) so I planned a tour at a fire station for the kids and after we came home and did read Paw Patrol books for quiet time. A while ago the kids were really into bugs so we got bug tattoos, nets for hunting plastic bugs in the bath or outside, anything we could think of to do with bugs! Basically we just think of what their interest is and then search Pinterest for “bug activities for kids” there is always gold in there. Lately the kids are super into skateboarding so we have been doing fun activities based around that.
4. When I do stay home all day with the kids I always have a stash of kid favorites. Sometimes it feels like we have played with all the toys and done alllll the things and the kids (and myself) are going crazy. I like to keep some favorites that I know they will get SUPER excited about. My kids favorites are these: water balloons, Target dollar section activities (I always pick up a few when I pass by, they have really cute crafting kits and activities), rocket balloons, giant bubbles.
5. One thing that David does that he taught me is mentally planning the day in your head – even the small moments. He realized that sometimes if he didn’t do this we would kind of just kill time when we could have been more intentional with it. So kind of just planning in segments like in the morning I am going to make X for breakfast and then we will go read for 30 minutes before we get ready and run errands. Knowing he already planned to read with the kids there wasn’t any “what should we do?” moments or maybe everyone would have kind of just done their thing until it was time to get ready. I feel like I am explaining this terribly but this actually really helps!
Tell us what you guys do at home! xoxoxo