I don’t know about you, but we have had a rash of rainy days recently. Rainy days in themselves are not bad, but entertaining small children during bad weather days can be difficult.
We have some tried and true favorite toys and activities that work like a dream when you can’t go outside and get your wiggles out.
1. Melissa and Doug Modern Multilevel farmhouse
My girls got this dollhouse for Christmas- it’s all wooden, easy to put together, and it comes with 19 pieces of furniture. My kids love it and they play with it all the time, especially my little one. You will have to buy some people to go with it, as it doesn’t come with people. You can also buy more furniture for it if you choose to. It is rather large, so you may want to keep that in mind if you have a smaller space.
The KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker is a lot of fun for your older child. My daughter is very artistic and loves to create things. She has three different bracelet making kits that she uses. She has even started to make and sell some of her bracelets. It’s easy to use, but it does contain a lot of small pieces (in case you have young children in your home).
My oldest daughter loves to draw and is constantly learning how to draw more things. She and her younger sister have enjoyed this drawing book. There are many choices, if you don’t want to learn to draw animals. The book is inexpensive at only $7.
Kids love puzzles! At my house, we all love puzzles. We work them together in our family room. You can work a puzzle like this one that has a little something for everyone. There are large pieces for smaller hands and smaller pieces for adults. The entire family can work on this puzzle together.
What are your favorite rainy day/cold weather activities?
Four years ago today, the littlest Lumber came into the world. At 36 weeks and after 24 hours of labor, our precious little lady made an appearance. And even though she nearly killed me, she was worth the wait.
She loves dance class, Frozen, playing with dolls and her big sister.
She’s silly, she’s sassy and she’s one of the most cuddly and affectionate children I’ve ever met.
Happy birthday Sunshine! We love you and we are so glad you’re our baby girl. ❤️
My third grader has just started back to school, and we usually have a little homework to do each evening. While the homework is not difficult, what can be difficult is finding somewhere in our home where there are no distractions.
She has a desk in her room where she sits to complete her homework.
There are a lot of things I like about this set up, but there are also a lot of things I would like to improve upon.
Her desk is actually pretty neat.
We are currently using a repurposed shoe box (covered with pretty paper and embellished with a book plate) and a crate to corral her desk items.
I also created this super cute French memo board to hold her pictures and papers for school (more about that later).
So what more does her desk need?
Emorie’s desk currently has no lighting. I am looking for one of these little gooseneck lamps, preferably one with a USB charging port for her tablet.
I have both a dowel rod and curtain hardware, and an extra towel bar. I also already have buckets. I could easily use either one of those things to create this for her desk. Plus, it’d be super cute and she’d be able to find things soooo much easier.
My sweet girl returns to school on Thursday, and my own first day of school is just around the corner. While the beginning of a school year can be really stressful and difficult, it doesn’t have to be. Like in many other situations, a little planning ahead goes a long way.
Please enjoy the following tips for making your first day of school run more smoothly…and please comment and add your own!
1. Go to sleep early
Studies have shown well-rested kids perform better in school. A week or two before school starts, make sure your kiddos are back on schedule- early to bed and early to rise. It’ll make fighting that “morning wake up” battle so much easier.
2. Organize early, as much as possible.
Don’t wait til the last minute. Buy everything you need and get it organized a few weeks before school starts. You’ll be glad you did, and if you forget anything, you’ll have plenty of time to get it.
3. Involve your kids in your planning process
Take your kids back to school shopping and help them choose their supplies. Do whatever you can to get them excited about going back to school.
4. Practice your routine
Get your kids prepared for their new routine by practicing their bed time and get up time a few weeks before school starts. Discuss when homework will be done and when chores will be done. Talk a lot about what a school night will look like so your child will know what’s expected once school starts.
5. Keep calm and…keep calm
I’m being just a little facetious with that picture of course 🙂 But it’s true. First days of school, or just mornings in general, can be stressful. Your child is probably already a little anxious or worried about their first day. The calmer you are, the calmer they are likely to be. Don’t stress- take a few deep breaths because it’s gonna be ok.
6. Prepare the night before, as much as possible.
Keep things simple in the morning by laying out clothes, packing lunches, packing back packs, and anything else that is needed the night before. Then, focus on having a fun and restful evening. The more you can prepare ahead of time the more you can relax and enjoy your morning the next day.
7. Don’t be late!
When you’re late, it stresses you out. Leave the house a little early if you can- no one wants to be late for the first day of school!
8. Do something unexpected
Kids are crazy about surprises, so anything unexpected that fills their love tank is great. Maybe it’s as simple as a sweet note in their lunch box, or a special notebook or pen in their bag. Maybe it’s a milkshake on the way home from school, or a fun and simple outing after school. Giving your kiddos a sweet, unexpected surprise will make them feel loved and valued.
And lastly, take a breather for yourself after you drop off your kids and refill your own tank. You deserve it!