Today, the best part of my afternoon was gazing at clouds with my son. We used our imaginations and created animals and objects from clouds. I remember doing this as a kid, and loved that I shared this with him. The best things are the simplest ones. What simple things do you love doing?
I’m not sure about you, but I’m always on the lookout for hands on toys that requires kids to use their imagination. I know I remember loving certain toys and games from my childhood, and most of them didn’t involve a screen. (Well, with the exception of using the running pad at my friends house that hooked up to a video game!).
The following is a list that still thrills kids and you won’t believe how simple they are:
- Play-doh. Yes, it can be messy, but so worth it.
- Play foam – this stuff is magic! Less mess but super fun to mold
- Bubble wands- my kids are 4 & 6 and still like bubbles
- Design rubbing plates – (see Melissa and Doug) you can create your character by putting plates together then run on top and you get your character to color
- Craft supplies – craft sticks, piper cleaner, paper, google eyes
- PUZZLES! These are so amazing! Kids can use their problem solving skills and work on their focus
- Card games – Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy 8s
- Pinwheels – I know! But they can take them outside and play in the wind
- Magna- tiles
- Legos for older kids
- Board games – Guess who, Hoot Owl Hoot, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, Surprise slides (They have all different kinds) Sorry! (My kids really like this surprisingly)
- Bead kits
- Food and kitchen items (Melissa and Do ug)
- Cash register
- Old school phone
- Memory game – ugh, I lose every time to my kids, no joke
- Stamps and stamp rollers – can also be used in play-doh too
- Train and wooden train tracks
Anyone have any toys their kids love?
Our adventure today takes place at our neighborhood pond. See, a few days ago, my son and I were riding our bikes back from school, and happened to glance at our pond. (Which we do from time to time.) There, sticking out of the water, was a dorsal fin! “What!?” I exclaimed. I called my son over to look at this “fish” for I have never seen anything like it before. Sure enough, he saw the fin sticking out and then the fish took his tail and splashed it around, creating huge ripples. Dear friends, that is the day we laid eyes on the Pond Shark.
It was with great anticipation that we waited for the weekend to come. Could we catch it? How big would it be? These and many other questions filled our heads, waiting to be answered. Finally, the day had come and our troop trecked over to our pond.
I scanned the pond, trying to see if the Pond Shark was wading on the top anywhere. He’s a sneaky one, staying under the water for now. My husband, kids and I baited our hooks (ok, let’s be honest, I did no such thing. It’s awful! My lovely husband does all of that. I just get to cast and then watch our kids reel in their catches.) The fish were biting today! Our kids caught SO many fish! My mother-in-law even joined us and she caught her first fish ever! It was a very eventful day.
I know you’re all wondering, did we catch the Pond Shark? Sadly my friends, we did not. BUT, that just means I’ve got my eye out for him. I’ll be watching the pond on our bike rides, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Til next fishing trip.