Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Has Sprung and the Fever Has Hit

It's nearly the middle of April, dear reader and we know what that means . . .

Spring Fever has hit in a big way in the Jubilant household! 

The weather hasn't been as cooperative for outside activities as it has been in years past, so instead of getting exercise outside, all anyone wants to do is huddle under blankets, watch tv or play XBox.  And if you know me at all . . . two out of those three things are not what I want as our go-to activities. 

So, what's a mama to do?

Well, we mix it up a little.

When I see a glazed look in my children's eyes as they stare out over their school work, I try valiantly to reign them in, but it can be mighty hard work.  Unless, of course, you have a few tricks up your sleeve . . .

We have a joke fest.  Each of us gets three minutes to tell all our favorite jokes, no matter how many times we have heard them before. There's nothing like a well told joke to boost the ego.

We have a dance party.  Crank up the music and jam like it's nobody's business! Now my 15 year old does not participate in the dancing, but he sure loves to give a running commentary on the rest of us and our dance moves. As long as he is not insulting and at least two out of the three of us are laughing, we go with it.  Oxygenating the body is a very, very good thing!

We make up stories. Yep, we tell stories about people we don't know, but have encountered in public places (Target, the airport, the park, etc).  The kids can get pretty creative with the background stories they come up with for these random people they've come across.

I tell them stories about when they were younger.  Not sure what it is about these stories, but no matter how many times I have told them, they always want to hear about when Whirling Dervish was rolling under the table yelling, "Somebody get me a lantern and a knife! The ants are swarming me!" while his 2 and 3 yr old classmates were sitting nicely eating a snack.  Or when The Cruise Director was five and was to receive a "graduation" certificate to go from the kindergarten Sunday school class to the "big" class and he dove under a pew to hide. Or when we would go to the mall and perfect strangers would come up to us and exclaim how beautiful our children were and then they would look at the Affectionate One and exclaim how ornery she was going to turn out.  And they were RIGHT!

Play table games.  We recently learned how to play Mexican Train, but my kids like to set up Dominoes to topple over after setting them up in long lines (how does this never get old?).  Or they set them up in elaborate "houses" to be crashed to the table. Of course, there is the obligatory games of war, Twenty One, jigsaw puzzles and Settlers of Catan . . .

Any of these activities gets their minds off the drudgery of school work for just long enough to get their brains working again.  And it reminds them that there is fun to be had once their work is through.

What fun and quick ideas help your school aged children get their minds back on track when Spring Fever has hit?  Share in the comments below, we'd love to try out your ideas too!

Counting it all joy,

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