We’ve been keeping things simple around here lately. Rocky is teething, I’m super tired, and Pebble… well, she’s still three and still FULL of energy. Here are some ideas for simple play that you can try with your kids, even when you’re super tired.
Play Ideas for a Tired Mama
Play with water
This simple water play was set up using a bubble gun, some bottle tops in a container of soapy water and two buckets ready for filling and pouring. I didn’t expect this to end up where it did – nudie runs around the back yard! Perhaps it’s cooler weather where you are? You could try making rainbow puddles or some fun bath play. Water play can be set up in minutes – all you need is a tap, bath or hose. No fancy stuff.
Go for a walk, visit the park, play in your back yard. Or try one of these outdoor play ideas. We are very lucky to have this big space right across the road from our house. Sunshine will boost your mood too, no matter how tired you are.
Walk on the beach
I know I said that I hate the beach – I hate swimming in the sea. I do love walking and playing on the beach. It can feel like a big effort to get the kids into the car, but once you’re there you will feel so relaxed. The kids can put their toes in the sand, make natural sculptures from shells, seaweed and other treasures, and splash about in the shallows. We have a lovely beach just 20 minutes from our house. If you don’t live near the sea try finding a local river or lake to visit instead.
Play pretend animals
Put on some dress ups, play charades, make some animals from recycled bits and pieces or just use your imagination. No equipment needed, no time required to set up, just start barking like a dog and see what happens (you’re already feeling barking mad from lack of sleep, right?).
Build a house for the toys
Pebble and I made this house using old nappy boxes. It’s nice to be able to put them to good use. If you don’t have any large boxes at home try asking at your local supermarket. They often have a big collection of boxes that would love to be turned into something creative. If you’re looking for some inspiration for making creative structures with cardboard, take a look at this Cardboard City over at Paint on the Ceiling. I love this idea because you can apply it to whatever bits and pieces you have at home – even if it’s just the box from the chocolate chip cookies you opened for breakfast.
Or try one of these cool ideas from the The Kids Co-Op
(ideas will magically appear after 1:30pm Adelaide time on Thursday, 26 September!)