Hi there 🙂
We are getting back into the groove after we visited family this past weekend. We traveled with two adults, two kids, and two kittens – and, survived! Over the course of the weekend, my daughter barely let her Nana out of her sight. When Nana had to leave to pick up my daughter’s Great-Grandy, I decided to help the time pass with a quick game of pumpkin hide and seek!
When I was a kid, it was always hard for me to “wait” during family events. Especially during the holidays when I had to wait for food to be cooked, wait for people to arrive, and wait for someone to play with – hmmm…I’m sounding a bit demanding as a kid! When I saw some small, decorative pumpkins on my Mother-in-law’s table, I thought that hiding them outside would be the perfect way to fill up that “waiting” time for my daughter! Plus, it got her outside and moving. She didn’t bring up Nana being gone once while we played this! (sorry, Nana 🙂
It really was as simple as this:
- L waited on the porch while I hid five pumpkins in the yard
- L ran around to find them
Sometimes there’s genius in simplicity! 🙂
But, my favorite part of the activity was when she gathered all of the pumpkins she had found and exclaimed: “Let’s sort them, Mama!” I was feeling mighty proud as she counted and classified her pumpkins!
When we were done with two rounds, we took good care of the pumpkins by washing them. You can check out the inspiration for washing pumpkins here from Where Imagination Grows!
What do you do to help your child “wait” during the holidays?