Do you ever just turn your kids loose to create their own worlds? I loved listening to her play with them.
Step 1: Fill a large bucket (or cooler) full of water and sponges. If you’re fancy make these from Inner Child Fun (what I originally bought the sponges for).
I LOVE the Muppets. Back when Jeff and I were first married I got the Muppet Show on DVD. Every year at Christmas we watch the Muppet Christmas Carol. I love ALMOST all of their movies (some of their more recent ones have not been kid appropriate, cough cough Muppet Wizard of Oz or that stupid Christmas movie a few years ago, cage dancing?).
Supplies (we used): bread, crackers, coconut, peanut butter, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, cream cheese, sprinkles
Then I let them have at it. There was much giggling and laughter to be had.
Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Finally they found the viscous, viscous monster (I think that is spelled wrong, I think I’m spelling a different word than I intend……).
It lay there with its prey and dared them to come attack him. They ran in and……
With some easy games and set up.
Step 1: Order some bags and many chocolate and plastic coins from Oriental Trading Company, or similar place.
Step 2. Collect an insane number of cans and paint them for the game.
Step 3: Set up knock the cans game down with coins, bean bags, and stack of cans.
Step 5: Set up catapult game with bowl of coins and rolled up sock ammunition. If you don’t have a catapult, Family Fun has instructions for one.
Step 6: Set up “gimme game” of hopscotch, a guarantee of getting a coin.
I remember as a kid every fall my Dad would trim back the trees drastically and I’d build a fort out of all those branches. It was quite a feat.
We were trimming the trees in our front yard the other day before the spring growth hits, and we had already completely filled one with branches, when I said, “New plan! We’re making a FORT!”
The kids were now much more enthusiastic to help haul branches.
We filled the wagon and hauled branches back to the back corner of our yard. It’s quite nicely tucked under our big huge trees, “The Mommy and Daddy trees,” as my kids say.
Then began the real work.
I don’t quite think they thought it was work.
And of course you need a photo shoot afterwards. With lots of dramatic posing.
Don’t ever forget the dramatic posing.
Everyone needs a tree fort sometime. Maybe I’ll even dig through my Mom’s photo albums and find a picture of MY tree fort.
To start off the younger kids decoded a simple symbol substitution, which was incredibly easy, but very much enjoyed. For the older kids we did this worksheet, which was quite a bit harder.
While they were busy doing that I set out the secret messages.
Afterwards they got to have a try at writing in invisible ink (AKA lemon juice). Later we’re going to try revealing what they wrote. I’m hoping to be more successful than the last time we tried this.
It’s hopefully going to work well.