As former procrastinators, we may be tempted to put off the ideas we have that we could implement during this time of isolation. No ideas? Pray for them! This is a great time for making special memories. If your area has loosened up and you’re no longer housebound, hey, there are still going to be rainy days.
Remember building forts in your house growing up? Give the kids a pile of blankets and sheets and let them create their own forts under tables or held up by chairs. Just giving them permission to do that will make a happy impression and build a memory.
Spread out a plastic tablecloth and have fun with finger paints or clay. Recipes for these are online if you don’t have paints or clay at home.
It’s a good time for elaborate doll “houses” spread out on the floor or Legos and other building toys.
Older kids can learn simple ways of scissor cutting.
Do exercises together. Put on some music and get those wiggles out.
Memorize scripture or poetry together. Act out scenes from favorite books. Learn songs and hymns. Start a joke collection.
So what if you make a mess? We don’t have to worry about somebody popping in unexpectedly and seeing it all! But again, so what if that happened? Give yourself permission to loosen up and seize memory making moments.
Maybe we’ll give ourselves permission to keep that perspective when this is over…
What unexpected permission can you grant your kiddos – or yourself?