Business Mommy Monday by Bliss Goodloe
I dunno about anyone else, but I struggle with finding new ways that keep my two kiddos entertained while I try to get work done during the day. Before I started looking into new activities, I would go the easy route and pick up a new disney movie for them to watch or a new toy, but everyone with a small business knows that money adds up quickly! So, for the past few months I’ve been trying to come up with new and inventive ways to get my three year old to sit still and have fun while I’m busy editing, networking or answering emails.
Some of these are a little hands on, but if you’re like me, you like to take some breaks during the day and interact with your kiddos. You don’t want to just sit them down and leave them be for too long, because lets face it, that’s not possible with kids younger than five years old. And if you’re like me, you kind of start to feel guilty if you’re glued to your computer screen for too long.
1. If you have a laptop, which most of us do, spend a couple hours taking the kiddos to the park! You can still spend time editing while watching them play. The park is a good way for them to get exercise and it will wear them out for nap or bed time later!
2. Make some homemade sidewalk chalk and let them play outside! Here’s an easy way to DIY your own chalk without having to spend more than a few bucks on ingredients: http:// www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/815073/how-to-make-sidewalk-chalk-1
3. Take an afternoon twice a week to make crafts! Not only will they have fun making something like a sock puppet or paper butterflies, but they’ll also spend another couple hours playing with them! Here’s a neat website I found with craft ideas for kids: http:// familyfun.go.com/summer/summer-crafts/summer-craft-ideas-gallery-857867/
4. If you like to plan ahead, especially if you are having to run errands with your kiddos, having a Kid Kit is a really good idea! It’s their very own go-bag with neat activities inside, so when you leave the house they have their bag in tow! Here’s an Etsy seller that offers them, but you can also create your own: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78211294/special-offer-extra-activity- booklet-w?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=kid +activity&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type= handmade
5. If Daddy has some free time, encourage him to build a fort with things lying in the garage or around the house with the kids! A good fort is the perfect hideaway for kids and gives them hours of play time! When I was growing up I spent more time outside than I did inside, so take a couple hours out of your day and put together a great fort in the back yard for the kiddos! Here’s a little how-to guide I found online that might help: http://familyfun.go.com/ summer/backyard-activities/backyard-forts-structures/the-perfect-fort-709042/
6. For one lunch time per week, do I picnic lunch for the kiddos! Let them help make the sandwiches and put chips, carrots and celery into baggies and help pack up a basket in the morning when they get up. Then by lunch time the anticipation has built up and they’ll be super excited to head out into the back yard, spread out a colorful quilt and grab a bite to eat with you during your own lunch break! You can always surprise them with the basket as well, not letting them know it’s coming is half the fun!
7. If you’re like me, sometimes you run out of ideas on what to do and hate hearing “I’m bored!” come out of your kiddo’s mouths. I found an Etsy seller who has put together a Summer Activities Jar with 75 Ideas and she’ll personalize it with your name on it: http:// www.etsy.com/listing/100765814/75-summer-activities-for-kids-in? ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=summer+activity+for +kids&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=han dmade
8. My mother-in-law is an elementary school science teacher and she always comes up with these neat ideas, like Plant Pals! You take little clear plastic cups and plant any seeds you’d like in them and watch it grow! Cut out some funky eyes, mouth and eyebrows and tape them to each cup, so your kiddos have some new Plant Pals for the summer!
9. If you’ve got a toddler in the house, you need something for them to make noise with! Yep, I said it. Make noise! To make a homemade set of drums, take different sized coffee cans and cover them with decorative paper or fabric. For the drum part at the top, take any color balloon you’d like and cut the tail off, then stretch the balloon over the top of the cans and use a rubber band to hold them in place. For the drumsticks, I like to use chopsticks with a fuzzy pom pom glued to the tops!
10. Another for those Mom’s with toddlers, an easy and fun shaker! You know your kid loves to hear noises, so they shake everything: rattles, their juice cups, etc. so instead of spending money on something, take two laundry detergent caps and some sturdy cardboard and add some uncooked pinto beans, then tape together and voila! A simple shaker!
No matter what you decide to do this summer, just make sure you have a fun and exciting adventure with your kiddos! Whether it’s building a fort in the back yard or watching some plants grow on the kitchen window sill, these fun little projects to keep your kids busy while you work will be just as rewarding for you as they are for them!
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