This Sunday was a day that needs to happen every now in again for us to recharge our batteries. Nothing on the schedule. We lounged in our pajamas all morning. The children built 'machines' out of cardboard boxes and tape, played pretend the laundry baskets, and read some books in between my laundry, craft projects, and writing while drinking coffee. It got to be about 10am and they were getting a bit stir crazy. We were at the point where I would normally say on cold days like today, "Okay...we need to get out of the house for awhile. Who wants to go play at the mall play area?" But...it's a couple weeks before Christmas. Which means I do NOT go in the mall with children on the weekend. Period. So, I proposed a wacky solution. "How about we do things kind of backwards and you take a bath in the morning?" You would have thought I suggested that they eat ice cream for dinner based on how excited they were. I sweetened the deal by offering to let them paint with colored shaving cream on the shower walls AND to make it a bubble bath. They were in the bathroom and undressed within two seconds. (Which is completely opposite of how I normally have to beg, plead, or make getting ready for bath a competition to get them in there most nights.)
What happened next? An hour of pure, creative, engaged wonder and learning.
|Shaving Cream and Food Coloring mixed in a Muffin Tin|
|Discussing color mixing, Jackson Pollack, and which hair color their babies should have.|