Last week for our gardening theme we used a variety of different skills to make a picture. We squeezed colored water on muffin holders for flowers, practiced with scissors for stems, and glued leaves. We planted real seeds to watch over the next few weeks to see how they grow. We buried each other under brown cushions, "watered", and then pretended we were flowers growing through the dirt.
This week our theme is weather and with the tornado that came through Tuesday it was good timing. We made a little tornado in a used plastic bottle and used a special crystal prism to make rainbows from the sunlight. Bath time can be an exploration of rain and flooding as we have a "storm" with the shower head to fill the bathtub. Shaving cream is a fun sensory way to play with "clouds" and I even saw a thing on Pinterest about a jar of water and shaving cream that you add glitter and food coloring until the "cloud" rains. We can make weather into a dance with tornado twirls and swaying wind and finger rain. I even got some skittles so we could "taste the rainbow".
Each week brings more excitement and I honestly don't know whether my daughter or I enjoy it more. I love watching her face as we test out a new activity. And the quality time together is immeasurable. So often when we are "just home" I get caught up in what needs cleaned or distracted by other to do lists that we reach the end of the day and I realize I only spent about twenty minutes truly interacting and playing with her. She plays so well by herself that it is easy to just "get this done real quick". But these themes and activities have made all the difference in my attention span and our connection.
I'm so grateful for the fun we are having with each week's theme so far. I'm grateful for Pinterest to help me come up with activities beyond just the memories of things I did with students when I worked preschool. I'm grateful my daughter seems to enjoy this creative outlet as much as I do. I'm grateful for the bonding and interacting time it provides. I'm grateful to recognize my own weaknesses at play and remedy that with lots of options of activities. I'm grateful to over plan activities so my daughter can choose based on what she is interested in that day. And I'm grateful to let go the activities that don't get done at all due to lack of interest or time. I'm grateful to watch her face as she plays and explores these new activities and bigger concepts. I'm so grateful for the blessing of getting to stay home with her a good portion of the day, most days of the week so we can have this quality time. I'm grateful to be a mom and all the blessings she has brought into my life.
Today is National Creativity Day. How can you add a little creativity into your routine? How can you get creative with your day? When was the last time you did a science project or made some art?
May today allow us time to explore our own form of creativity. May we find joy and gratitude in reconnecting with our creative side. Have a beautiful day!