My older brothers made treasure hunts for me when I was a little girl. I don’t remember what the treasures were, but I remember how fun it was to run around the house, looking for clues. I make them for my kids now, and it’s still just as fun. I simply draw things we have around the house, and use them as hiding places for the next clue. The last picture leads to the treasure. I suppose Dylan is too old for picture clues, but anything more cryptic would require thinking on my part, so I’ll hold off on that.
If I know anything, it’s that kids loves to fish. These are great for music time, but can also be used at home.
Instructions: Cut out, laminate, and attach a paper clip to each fish. Tie a magnet on the end of a dowel and string. Write the song numbers for the day on the back of the fish with erasable markers and let the kids fish for songs! For more song options, print two sets.
I love many things about Jay. One of which is that he is a great conversationalist… even in his sleep. Here’s an example:
Sleeping Jay: My students are painting a map on the side of the house.
Me: Really? Why are they doing that?
Sleeping Jay (annoyed that I would have to ask): Cause that’s what I have ‘em doing! Sheesh!
Then he rolls over and goes back to dreaming about maps.
What’s not to love about that?
Brooke (4) and Amelia (2) are into treasure maps. They like to pretend they’re on a quest or mystery solving expedition. I’ve learned to abide by a few simple rules when making maps:
– They must have items the girls like on them.
– Said items should be connected by dotted lines.
– An X has to be involved.
That’s it. If you can do that, you’re an expert treasure map maker. Yesterday, as I made maps, Brooke put her finger on her chin and furrowed her brow as she examined the kitties and hearts, “Well, it looks like we have a mystery on our hands!”
I like to think that I’m a perfect mom. My children are perfect; we are never at odds. My house is always full of a sweet, calm peace … and clean. Very, very clean. Unfortunately, that’s not true. I get really frustrated with my kids, and my house is never quite clean (trust me when I say, “Don’t open the closets”). I’m at my lowest form of mom when I’m trying to get my kids ready for school. I sound something like this:
“Dylan, time to get ready. Dylan. Dylan. Time to get your shoes and socks on. We’re leaving in five minutes. DYLAN! June? Are you ready to go? What? You still haven’t eaten breakfast?! We have to go! What am I doing with my liiiiiiife?!!”
Well, no longer folks (that’s not true; this is my destiny). But I’ve made some things that can help a lot.
Get Ready for School Charts and Chore Charts
I laminated mine, put magnets on the back, and used a cookie sheet from the dollar store. I think the cookie sheets last longer without paint, but you might be more adept at crafting than I am, so you can do it however you think best. I decorated them with colored permanent markers. They are a lot of fun for the kids, and we have much better mornings.
I just realized I forgot to include ‘cleaning closets’ on the chore chart. Ah well.
Good luck with yours!