I mean, for my husband this actually meant back to work. And I will go to work tonight like a normal evening. Yet the day itself really isn't all that different from yesterday. Sure we did homeschool, but it's homeschool PRESCHOOL...so basically that is another word for play.
We colored and glued some feathers to an owl. She practiced writing a couple letters. Then we played in leftover pumpkin gush and I let her practice with a knife trying to cut some of the thicker pieces. We played a memory pumpkin match game, laced some jack-o-lanterns (in a pattern) into garland to hang up in the doorway, and did a jack-o-lantern face puzzle matching game.
These are all things that are building important skills for a four year old... but at the core we were playing. When the baby got up we practiced some animal yoga. Then the preschooler helped her sister learn her colors as they ran back at forth across the main level of the house throwing balls from the ball pit into color matching boxes...and climbing in the boxes to pretend they were colored airplanes.
I stood there watching the giggling and thinking of how much fun I was having chasing them back and forth being silly. We were having just as much fun as yesterday if not more. It isn't a special day. Today is just a regular day, made beautiful by play.
I'm so grateful to have two great kids to remind me to play each day. I'm grateful to run around with them and be silly. I'm grateful to take turns with my preschooler on who is the teacher and see what she teaches me. I'm grateful to take time to focus on some of the baby's skills that unfortunately have fallen out of focus as I try to balance and juggle the different tasks each day. I'm grateful to make that a priority again, even as my sweet little one is doing just fine with her development. I'm grateful to watch what a great teacher my preschooler can be for her little sister. I'm grateful to get to play games and be a part of the fun.
What do you like to play? When was the last time you played something other than a video-game or computer game? When was the last time you ran around like a dinosaur or pretended to be a sloth?
May each day provide ample opportunities to play. May we embrace the silly, fun games that remind us of our youth. Have a beautiful day!