When you run out of things to do with your kids...

Being a stay at home mom, I have about 12 hours to fill with various activities. My son may not be able to move independently, but that does not stop him from wanting to be active. This can even sometimes make things even more complicated. Not only do I have to be the one to constantly entertain him (unless I want to to sit him in front of the TV or Ipad, which I DO NOT!) I have to be the one to come up with the ideas of things to do.


Day in and day out I have to always be "on." Being a mom, you don't really have the luxury to get breaks. By about the 200th day of working straight my brain became a little fried. I don't think I have quite made a come back from that "mommy brain" thing. I just couldn't come up with anything to entertain him. I came up with and idea that I may think could be beneficial. It took me about 5 minutes and less than 10 dollars to create.


I made an activity bucket. I wrote his favorite activities and exercises on popsicle sticks and plopped them in a small bucket I found at the dollar store. When ever I need a little assistance deciding an activity to do, I can pick one out, play until he gets bored, and pick again.

Getting my son to pick the popsicle sticks out himself is an activity on its own. It helps him with his coordination and grasping, which I know makes his occupational therapist happy. I let him pick about five sticks out at a time. Not only is this helping to keep him entertained but it helps to keep me active. Some of the activities are, go for walk, play outside, swing, etc. I have made the deal with myself that what ever the stick says we do, no excuses, except of course for weather. If that means I have to get off my lazy bum so be it.





Super Simple Activity Bucket:


Supplies:

  • Popsicle sticks (can be found pretty much any where craft items are sold) I used the fatter ones

  • Bucket to put the sticks in

  • Marker of some kind (I used a paint pen, it didn't bleed as much as permanent markers)

Instructions:

1. Lay popsicle sticks flat

2. Write activity on one end of stick

3. Repeat step 2 until you have the desired amount of sticks

4. Put them in the bucket (activity side down if you want it to be a surprise)

5. Start pickin'


Although my son is young, this can really be used for kids of all ages (and chores for the husband, just kidding, kind of). I remember my mom's threat to make us pull weeds if we ever told her we were bored during our summer break. Now, if your child tells you they're bored you can have them pick a stick to give them something to do. I suppose you could add some chores to the activities you write on your sticks, I have added exercises I know my son isn't a huge fan of, but they are important for him to do.


Activity Examples:

  • Go for walk

  • Play with bubbles

  • Read

  • Musical Instrument Play

  • Paint

  • Swinging

  • Play outside

  • Bath time

  • Stretching

  • Tummy time


*Helping Others Help Me*

I took this process one step further. As I had mentioned in my video about creating a medical binder, I have made an activity binder also. This has a page dedicated for each activity I wrote on the sticks, and instructions on how to do them. This gives anyone that is watching my son an idea on how to entertain him, and how I want the activities to be done. I, of course, organized the activities in alphabetical order to make them easy to find. I also made each activity have its own page, even if there isn't much instruction, so I have the ability to add and take away activities without having to print new instruction sheets. This of course does not have to be done, but I have found it helpful when my son is with his Grandmas. If I have not made it clear by now, I like to have things done a certain way and I ALWAYS want to make sure my son is cared for in the best way I know possible.


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