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Do Something Different!

Permalink 01/10/11 06:44, by Tikal, Categories: Learning Play, Parenting, Family , Tags: ideas, routine, something different, unusual

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Sometimes, you just want to break free - do something different, try something new, break the rules!  It's the same if you're a child.  So often we insist that the children follow a routine, do things in a certain order, and follow various rules.  However, just occasionally, its fun and exciting to do things in a different way.   Here are just a few ideas to suggest to the children to shake things up a bit.  You could ask their ideas and see what they come up with.  Make sure they understand though, that this is a special, unusual kind of day and not the norm...just in case they get any ideas!

  • Have a picnic breakfast: pack breakfast and go to the park or countryside and have a lovely picnic.
  • Paint the leaves: take a paintbrush and some poster paints and get the children to paint some leaves on low branches in the garden.  It's great fun!
  • Spread a rug in the living room for a picnic lunch if it's raining.  Wrap the food as if you were going on a real picnic!
  • Get the children to choose dinner.  Show them what you have in your fridge and get their suggestions for what to make with it.  You may need to pop out to get more ingredients.
  • Blend a breakfast cereal.  Take handfuls of different cereals you have in the cupboard and make a new special brand.
  • Have frothy hot chocolate (warmed very slightly in the microwave) rather than milk, just for a change.
  • Make a robot out of cardboard boxes and cartons... any recyclable rubbish you find at home.  Be as creative or zany as you like and decorate the robot in a crazy way then invite him for tea!  Set a place at the table and serve up dinner!
  • Get paintbrushes and paint the outside of the house with water.
  • Eat something you have never eaten before. Go to the supermarket together and choose your menu.


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