Friday, April 23, 2010

Back to the Basics...

Organizing and cleaning up my house has made me realize somethings. First is that I'm a pack mouse (not quite hoarder status) and need to let things go. Second is that I have too much stuff. And Third that my childhood was much simpler then my kids. Some of it is society today and a chunk of it is me.
So, I am going to try and go back to the basics. I am a huge fan of free play, but I think a little intervention in my kids lives isn't a bad thing either. So, here's where you come in. Look back into your childhoods and think of at least one of the following: Your favorite craft/activity that you did or have done with your kids OR a favorite snack/treat that you would have (with recipe if you are willing.) I need ideas and less dependance on the electronic devices and pre-packaged snacks - a re-visit to my childhood and why it was good and fun.

So, for example: We are going to attempt a garden of sorts this year. I don't have a lot of ground space so a large portion of our tiny garden will be in containers. A new adventure on both fronts.

Childhood snack: Confetti Squares. You know, the one with colored marshmellows, butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Yummers! I may try and convince my kids to try strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar. It was something that my grandma would feed us every now and again. And, it's actually good.

So there, you have it. Activities and snacks (healthy or healthier cause they're home made.)

Thanks in advance. :)


Bree Johnson said...

i loved playing in this big dirt mound in our yard pretending to be a paleontologist- my mom actually buried stuff for us to find in it- kept us occupied for hours- my dad also made us a club house that i remeember spending whole summers in-rock tumblers were awesome- collecting things like certain types of leaves-making a nature book-hmm and playing dress up- surprise surprise that was my fav!

motherofangels said...

When I was a kid we would go on lots of walks. We would walk all the way to a mini mart and then my mom would let us each get 10 penny candies :) those were the days! We also made up a lot of games, like cops/robbers, detective games, made castles in our sandbox and jumped on the trampoline ALOT etc...

My mom NEVER bought treats, chips or soda. My mom was also a horrible cook so she never made treats for us. So we often munched on dry cereal, though every once in a while we would have "treat night" and we would get ice cream or a candy bar out of the special bag at the top of my mom's closet.

I LOVED my childhood and I hope to get my kids back to the basics also!