I’ve realized lately that I do a lot of complaining about not having any time. In fact, I just blogged about it last week, and then a lightbulb went off: if I want more time, I need to stop wasting time!! I need to take all those random, seemingly harmless minutes that I spent on Facebook, and put them to good use. Do I really need to know what Sally Smith ate for breakfast? Do I really care what John Johnson thinks about the Patriots’ win? Do I even remember somebody-something-or-other that I worked with for a couple months nine years ago?? No!
So lately, when I have the urge to go on Facebook, I’ve been forcing myself to fold laundry. Write a blog post. Search for a new crock pot recipe. Whip up a new activity for Charlotte.
It’s been frigidly cold lately. Which translates to a lot of indoor time for Charlotte ‘Bee. So here is what we’ve been doing to brave the cold, stay busy, and learn something along the way. All activities brought to you by the increased time I have, now that I am not spending it on Facebook 🙂
1) Giant Christmas tree/ giant snowman “puzzle”
Felt-on-felt pieces need no extra adhesive! It’s a little modern-artsy, but Charlotte can make and re-make her puzzles over and over again!
2) Snow paint
Combine equal parts shaving cream and elmers glue, then add a bit of food coloring. VERY fun and oozy!
3) Colored rice/sensory bins
Food coloring, vinegar, and white rice…shake in a bag and then let dry overnight. Pour all the different colors into a plastic bin together, and you have a wonderful, cooling, sensory experience. Charlotte loves to scoop, pour, sift, and shake the rice. Sometimes it even becomes the ingredients in her pretend meal that she’s cooking us. We also have a dried pasta sensory bin (same idea), and soon to be some more additions!
4) Water play, and helping in the kitchen
I can’t take full credit for this one, as Fred did all the woodworking. But we built her a “learning platform” (fancy Mommy blogger name for a stool). Now she can “help” cook dinner by washing the vegetables, pouring ingredients into the mixing bowl, or stirring things [violently].
She also LOVES standing at a sink full of water and “cleaning the dirty things”. She thinks she’s washing the dishes, and we praise her for being “such a good helper” but really she’s just pouring water from one vessel to another and getting her shirt soaked. Such fun!
4) Memory game
I blew up photos of family faces, then printed two copies. Mounted on card stock, and Charlotte will have a large Family Memory game to play! She’s really into finding matches, or things that look alike, so I think she’ll love finding matching faces. This will be a birthday present…shh 🙂
Next things to try are shaving cream “paint” for the bath tub, a water tub with floating/sinking objects, and I’m working on a homemade photo book of all her favorite people and things that she can “read” to herself. Oh, and what about extra time for myself? I’m going to sleep a little earlier, I’m making healthier and more creative lunches for myself, and working hard at using easy-to-prep weeknight meals. That pays off by more time for all of us to play after supper!