1. Colouring in.
Here is a website with lots of kiddie pictures to print out as well some beautiful mandalas. The word mandala means circle which symbolises wholeness. They can be a lovely meditative activity for me depending how long my children sit still for! Superhero pictures are a winner for Master 5.
2. Playgrounds and Parks.
I love a new playground or park to explore. I especially love it when we are in a sleepy, little country town and we have it all to ourselves.
I like to test out the equipment to see if it's appropriate.
I like the mini rock-climbing walls, well not too mini, I mean the ones that are on the 'big kids' playgrounds.
Mmm, fresh air and energy that makes me feel alive! It's all good.
Except the sunburn.
And sometimes the bugs.
And when it's windy I tend to get frazzled for no particular reason.
But for now I'll choose to focus on rugging up for a play on a calm and crisp Winter's day. :-)
3. Playing music.
Not just any music but music that makes you feel good! I like to play music that makes me want to MOVE! My taste in music is not very 'cool', it never has been and it never will be, but it does make me smile.
Does the music you listen to with your kids make you smile?
Or want to dance?
Singing the "Small Potatoes' theme song makes me smile.
50's and 60's rock and roll makes me want to move. Me, the kids and my Mum had a 60's Cliff Richard disco on the weekend. The four of us were all laughing, busting some new moves and having a wonderful time to the likes of "Do you wanna dance?" and "Dancing shoes". I love those old film clips too,
Cliff with a quiff is pretty cute.
Did I just say that out loud?
What about Tribal drum beats? Dance music?
We can't get enough of Renee and Jeremy's happy tunes. www.reneeandjeremy.com
My kids end up loving what I love so, lyrics approved, it's a win-win.
4. Affirmation cards.
www.nurturecards.com.au are the ones we use and love. They have sweet, simple drawings and a positive affirmation to read aloud with the kids. They are produced by an Aussie Mum with a heart for building kids up with happiness, self confidence, self esteem and self love.
There are different ways to use affirmation cards and at the moment we like to shuffle them in the morning and see what card we get. The card's affirmation presents us with an opportunity for conversation that may otherwise not come up. The card may also provide some insight into something we may need to work on. Sometimes reading the affirmation is easy and it feels right. It is a truth that we understand and believe about ourselves. Sometimes the affirmation feels foreign or embarrassing or impossible.
For the last four days I have chosen a card which says, "I am proud of myself and all that I can do." Apparently I haven't 'got it' just yet, maybe when I do I will pull out a different card?! They are so beautiful and they make me happy. I haven't had a chance to play them today so I will do that now.
PS. Do you like our new rope ladder? Master 5 received it for his birthday.
It won't hold my weight unfortunately.