I've been having far too much fun looking at Christmas gift possibilities for my kids. I love to find just the right toy for them.
But on Monday, I remembered once again that it's less about toys and more about using what you have in an innovative way. After all, we have boxes and boxes of toys that are rarely used. I spread out a blanket and put a bin in the middle. Red Chief and Tiger Lily had a great time throwing balls into it—the rule for Red Chief was to get it in without stepping on a blanket, which I found to be a bit more concrete for him than drawing a line. Then we played catch over the blanket.
Later I was looking at preschool workbooks for Red Chief. Five or six dollars doesn't seem like much, but then I remembered the preschool papers my mom used to make for me. She'd draw up little matching games and things for me. I was looking at this cutting book and thinking that it would be pretty easy for me to draw lines across paper for him to cut. I don't need all these fancy materials to teach my child: I can start today, with what I already have.
I'm trying to step up my efforts lately to actually be involved with my children. If I don't pay attention, I find I'm easily distracted by a hundred different things and a sometimes a whole day goes by without an ounce of quality time.
What simple things do you enjoy doing with your kids?