When I had a job (meaning one that kept my bank account nice and happy – we all know being a SAHM is more work than pretty much any ‘job’ out there), Fridays were awesome. I worked at a church, which meant that most staff members worked on Sunday, so Fridays were just a skeleton crew around the office. So we had fun. I started my day off with a latte (the only one I allowed myself each week), I got to see my awesome volunteers, and we usually ordered something good for lunch and all sat together. We all had work to do, but we just made it fun. And I miss it.
So I started doing FunTime Fridays with my son. It happened by accident, but now I’m embracing it as a ‘thing’ we do. Each Friday, I try to line up something above and beyond our normal routine. It’s not like I sit around all day with him watch TV. We color, read, count, and sing. We play with play doh, play inside, play outside, play with trucks, play with blocks. We watch a little bit of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and do the Hot Dog Dance a million times in a row. I try to keep him active, but I just don’t have the mind power to plan super days every day.
But I wanted to do something really cool with him once a week. Something different from the norm. Something that would celebrate the moments of our lives (fake coffee anyone?).
So far, our FunTime Fridays have included play dates, lunch with Dada, making and eating Jell-O jigglers (hence the photo above), some messy crafting, and a trip or two to the kids’ museum. His pre-school has started doing ‘learn at home’ activities (aka: homework for two-year-olds ~ yikes!), so those will also be part of our Fridays. I have a few other ideas that I hope to do soon like:
- exploding Ivory soap in the microwave
- making his monogram or name by painting over taped-out letter(s)
- candy clay (possibly to decorate cookies or just for fun)
- going to a paint-your-own-pottery studio (perhaps to make something for father’s day)
- whipping out his kiddie pool/splash park in the spring and summer
How do you get creative with your kids? I’d love to hear some ideas!