Recently, I took my daughter Brie with me for our first mommy-daughter pedicures. She sat so patiently in my lap for 1 hour while she watched the technician perform my pedicure. She kept asking, “When my turn?”. Unfortunately, when it was her turn, all they did was cut and paint her toenails and she cried softly the whole time because they didn’t do all the same fun stuff they did for mommy. I would have gladly paid for the extra services, but the salon refused to do it for her because of her age. So I promised her I would do her very own special pedicure at home. Also my son got very excited when we talked about it so he wanted to participate as well. It was a super fun and easy activity I highly recommend you try!
1. Set the scene:Set up comfortable chairs and buckets or bowels of warm water the right size for tiny feet.
2. Prepare the pallet:Choose and gather the products you will use to perform the pedicure. I recommend using things you have around the house (the kids don’t know the difference anyway.) I made a plate with clippers, face cleansing mud pack, scented body lotion and pieces from a tub fizzie.
3. Call the children forth
4. Put the fizzies (or other fun stuff) in the water and let them soak
5. Perform the pedicure in a few steps (trim nails, cleanse, massage, rinse, and paint)
6. Show off the results
Recently I saw a post from another blogger with this cute activity and decided to let our kids try it as well. They loved it! All you need is painter’s tape, crepe paper and a hallway.
Using long strips of crepe paper, stretch them across the hallway at various angles and heights and attach the ends to the walls with painter’s tape. Keep in mind the size of your kids, because they might be lower to the ground than you are! In fact, the first time our kids went through the laser beam course, they pretty much just ran underneath it.
So then we went to laser beams LEVEL 2!
Parenting: If you children can survive an apocalypse and/or rob the Federal Reserve, you are doing it right!
When the kids are bored, sometimes I randomly make up silly games to entertain them because the brain strain to make up a silly game is less than what it takes to deal with whiny kids. So as a result, I am sharing an easy, fun and successful activity which you can try with your children. All it requires is some painter’s tape and random colored/shaped objects.
Use painter’s tape to make a tic-tac-toe box on the floor. Then give instructions to the kids that the boxes are numbered 1-9 from left to right, top to bottom (use very simple terms to explain the numbered boxes of course). Then use colored shaped objects as the “tossers”. We chose pretend food shapes from a play kitchen. When the game starts, instruct them one-at-a-time to:
Choose a green one and toss in square 1…or
Choose a red one and toss in square 5…etc.
My son is almost 5 and he loved the challenge and the math involved and trying to toss it into the right square so that it stayed without bouncing out. My daughter is 2.5 years and we gave her more simple instructions like:
Choose a red one and place it next to the bacon…
Choose a green one and place it next to the croissant…
She really loved finding the right food items and colors. The numbered squares were a bit tricky for her, but just naming objects and placing colors was great. That’s actually her running out of the picture after placing her item successfully.
Give it a try on some rainy day when you are stuck inside with the kids!