Thursday, September 2, 2010

How to Entertain your Kids

Entertaining kids is pretty easy.  All it takes is a little bit of time from this mom and some creative, open-ended toys.  You know those toys that can be used for lots of different things?  The basic, simple toys like blocks and race tracks and Legos and art supplies and stuff are essential for kids to play with because they show them how to be creative. 
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Today our toys of choice were blankets, some chairs, pillows and a few crawly tubes.  And books, lots of books.  All it took from me was a bit of time to get them started and a few suggestions of what they could do in the fort. 
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They were there all morning and even ate lunch in there.  By mid afternoon it had fallen down and the wind picked up, making it too hard to keep up.  But it sure was fun while it lasted.  And it allowed this mom a bit of peace inside the house-to clean and all.
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Today I was reminded of one simple thing I can do to can help my kids stay entertained and play independently.  Usually kids just need something to get them started, if I spend a few minutes to get them going and then leave the rest to them they can typically stay entertained for much longer.  Sometimes I stay and play, sometimes I pop in and out.  But they stay engrossed if someone is there to help them think of new ways to use their toys-which is why those open ended toys are so wonderful.  Blankets become forts, blocks become cities, race tracks become belts-seriously, they can do that.  And here’s the beauty of that:  not only am I helping to maintain a peaceful home (at least for a few hours) but I’m showing them how to be independent, how to be problem solvers and how to use their toys to the fullest.  I’d say it’s a win-win.  How ‘bout you?

2 comments:

  1. You're wise and this is a good post for all moms to read! Thank you for the encouragement. AND!! My boys would have loved to played in that fort...its awesome. :D

    Also, I have a giveaway on my blog right now that I would love for you to enter if you're interested and haven't already done so! =)

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  2. Great thoughts Gina! I am guilty of not taking the time to get my kids "set up" with some ideas when they get bored. Instead of getting irritated and short with them, I'm really trying to stop what I'm doing (which is usually not life threatening anyway) and get them going in the right direction. When "I" take the time, things go so much more smoothly. It's important to take a step back and put yourself in their heads for a bit, they just want a bit of help to get going and then they usually will come up with much better ideas than I would!

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