Continuing the alphabet train here with two more letters: E and Z!
It’s time to share some favorites. Sometimes I come across favorites just from general reading of the internet. Lately my internet readings have been…in a word, distressing. Between the virus stuff, general bad things that happen, and then the blatant racist actions paired with the brutal reactions to protesters…it’s a lot. It’s hard to know what to say, but I will say that I support Black Lives Matters. So, what can I do in my little corner of the internet? I can share some cooking blogs you should check out. I can also encourage you to read and listen to others. It can be upsetting, and it might make you want to stop hearing about it, but if we stop paying attention and do nothing, then things will only get worse.
The weather has been pretty crazy here lately. We have had some great weather days, some hot and muggy days, some rainy days, and everything in between. But we have still managed to get outside most of the days, even if it is just for a bit. I have been trying to mix up our activities so that we aren’t always doing the same things outside. So, some days I ask the Chiplet first what he wants, and other times the Fudgelet. The first activity chosen usually dictates front yard or back yard, and then the other kid can pick from that location. Other days I have been planning small activities, maybe bringing out something we haven’t done for a bit, just to keep things interesting.
Thankfully we have been having many sunny days lately, so this activity works well. It works best for little kids who want to just color what you draw for them, or for bigger kids who can handle the challenge.
If you’re looking for more activities to do around your house, here is another idea. I have found kids of all ages like bubbles, especially if you’re able to make big ones. I have a big wand in the shape of a turtle that makes really big bubbles, but I always run out of bubble solution. I looked to see if I could have some shipped to us, but the only ones I could find were too expensive for the amount of solution, or were small amounts that seemed wasteful. Obviously I don’t want to run to the store just for bubble solution, so I decided to try to make some, after scouting around online.
We have been doing lots of activities to keep things interesting around our house. We are lucky to have a yard, although it isn’t huge. Our backyard is a decent size for playing with our sports balls and other toys. Although our front yard is small, one perk is that it has a nice sidewalk. The kids like to ride their scooters and bikes, and we can even go around the neighborhood for walks/rides. But sometimes we stay right at the house and decorate the sidewalk with chalk.
Now, I’m not saying we are experts by any means, but for awhile we used to just color and draw random things. Now we have been using drawings for activities.
You’ve probably seen the above activity, but just in case, you take tape and mark off any shapes you want. Then, color in the design. Some people tape off the whole thing at the start and color it, but we conserved the tape by moving the tape as we finished each shape. I let the Fudgelet take charge after he saw what we were doing.
We didn’t make some perfect design, but it was fun and designed by a 5-year old.
Another fun chalk idea is drawing wings for the kids to get a picture as a butterfly/dragon/etc.
We have also done hopscotch, so don’t forget that classic, but for a twist, you can make it longer and do the alphabet in the squares. We also make contests to jump only on the two feet spots, or only on the single foot spots, etc.
Another drawing activity is just to draw dots like a geoboard.
The kids had fun connecting the dots and drawing shapes/letters. And of course we still do our regular scribbles, too.
Another art activity outside that doesn’t require chalk is painting or coloring large pieces of paper outside. We do this inside quite often, but sometimes taking an activity outside makes it more exciting. Plus, we did flowers so it was nice to paint them around actual flowers.
I drew flowers for them with a marker and then let them choose what they wanted to do. The Chiplet chose paint and the Fudgelet chose crayons.
Try to ignore our table which hadn’t been set up for spring yet, haha. I just moved the cover over a bit for the Fudgelet to color on it.
Stay tuned for more activities that are simple and able to be done at home.
With this ongoing pandemic, you might be looking for some activities to help break up your days, so I am going to share some more random activities besides the regularly programmed ones I planned for the kids. Since we are getting close to Easter, I have been finding lots of egg activities to do with the kids. Maybe you will find some inspiration. It helps, even if the activities are short, to make the day a bit more exciting.