A Few of Our Favorite Things

Have you ever woken up in the morning, worried about how you’re going to make it thru the day with your little ones when you have NOTHING planned?  This happens to me too often.  So one of those days, I got this idea of how we could keep entertained but it wouldn’t be me having to come up with every activity.  PLUS we could get some work done.

I asked my girls what their favorite things were to do.  They spouted off a list:

  • Play doctor
  • Play with dolls
  • Do puzzles
  • Play Guess Who?
  • Play Go Fish
  • Play Memory
  • Play house
  • Go to the park
  • Play with blocks
  • Play with Playdoh
  • Read stories
  • Color
  • Paint

I added my list of things that needed to get done that day (plan our groceries, make cinnamon rolls, make dinner, plan our date for the night, etc.)

Then we picked one, set the timer for 15 minutes and did the activity together.  After 15 minutes, I would take 5-10 minutes to start/complete one of my tasks while they kept playing.  Then we’d clean up, pick a new activity, start the timer, and do it all over again.  The girls had a great time and even though we only got thru 8 of their activities (pretty good actually!) and 4 of mine, we had a fun day together. 

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About Cheri

Hi! I’m Cheri and I’m so excited to be blogging with you! I am a stay at home mom with 4 little girls and one little boy, with another baby girl on the way. We have a third grader, first grader, kindergartner, 3 year old, and 18 month old. So, I guess you can say life is pretty busy. But my heart is even more full than my hands, and I wouldn't change a thing. Like my post? Please comment.
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2 Responses to A Few of Our Favorite Things

  1. What a fabulous idea!!! I love their list. You are a wonderful Mom Cheri! This could help me with my current goal of getting the children to ask before they use ANYTHING, so I can finally get ahead of the mess. Commenter, I will need to use my timer better. I have that useful tool on my oven.

    Cheri, was wondering if you would mind if I use your ruffle idea on your valentine shirt for making swim shirts. I was planning on putting on a ruffle, and after seeing your shirt, I think that would be the easiest way on a tricky fabric. I was wondering if I need to double the fabric length or triple or what? Do you have a blog you can refer me to? Please email me about the answer. 🙂

    Thank you,
    Emily

  2. Stacy Jardine says:

    The timer is one of my best friends. I even use it to motivate myself! It’s amazing what can be done in the kitchen in 5 or 10 minutes.

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