DAY 4 CHALLENGE:Spend [at least] 15 minutes of uninterrupted* time making islands, pretending to be on the islands and even jumping to and from each of them with your child[ren]![*uninterrupted : being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, etc.]
Now looking at this my first thought was AHHHHHHH J doesn’t jump, T doesn’t walk and only crawls or bear walks in 1 direction – backwards. But I tried to follow the challenge – make islands, pretend to be on the islands and jump from each…. I planned it for when I knew J and T would both be happy.
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Here is how it actually went – Throw cushions strategically around the lounge and I leap enthusiastically from each shouting – “Can’t go in the water there maybe sharks” – J turns around and goes to the toy boxes and gets out the digger and starts playing with that. T continues munching but now is munching on the cushions that were supposed to form our islands.
Well that was an epic fail. So instead we go upstairs and into J’s bedroom and sit on his bed and I say the bed is our boat lets stay out of the water. T is on the bed as well – we sing Row Row Row your boat – MANY MANY times with J making up some verses with an elephant and a zebra featuring. Like yesterday it eventually turns to me being sent to bed and then woken up again – this is featuring heavily in our play at the moment and I think it’s J working through the idea that bed is for sleep and not for playing.
So although we didn’t do the challenge exactly as it was set we played in our boat staying out of the water together – the 3 of us. I guess the moral of the story is don’t over plan things and know the limitations of your own children – neither J nor T are at a stage where we could jump from island to island – however next year hopefully we will be and I can see a lot of fun coming from that.
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and hoping that Rainy Day Dad will get really involved in it.