We've officially been on stay at home order for protection from the Covid-19 virus for 5 weeks. The honeymoon is over!!!!
At first, our family took a little break from structure and scheduling, then tried some structure and scheduling, and now we've run out of ideas and need some novelty.
Over the next 5 days, I will post a theme play day for you and your family to try throughout the week. It will have a set theme and include an affirmation, an invitation to play, snack ideas and an interactive read aloud or yoga sequence for the day. An affirmation will reset the mind and set an intention for the week. An invitation to play will allow a way for the family to bond and find joy in the power of play. Hopefully , your child(ren) will replay the scenario throughout the week and make it more complex each day. The snack and interactive activity also adds creativity and inspiration for playing out the theme. Comment daily to share photos or experiences as we reset our families together!!
What is an affirmation?
Positive affirmations are simple sentences that people use to describe how they want to be, or how they want their circumstances to be, in a way that affirms that it’s already true, or on its way to becoming true. People repeat positive affirmations in order to change the way they feel about themselves, or their perception of their circumstances, so that eventually they arrive to the change that the affirmation is supposed to lead them.
A family that plays together stays together!
This image highlights the importance of play for the brain, stress management, relationships, and overall wellness.
A connection to nature reduces stress and anxiety as it engages all of the senses.
What exactly are Invitations to Play?
This term is used a lot by Early Childhood Educators and is deeply rooted in the Reggio philosophy of allowing children to direct their own play by offering open-ended, meaningful resources to explore. It simply describes a little set up of play materials for your child to come and discover and play with in any way that they choose. It can be as simple as setting out the tea set and play food on a little table with napkins, bringing out the building blocks and setting them on the grass or presenting the child with an unusual object for investigation. Most of the time, by placing toys or materials in a new location or presenting them in an original way, the child’s imagination is sparked and they can come to it with fresh eyes and new ideas!
My goal for the Family Mindset series is for you to find some fresh ideas and set some intentions for your family to grow a positive mindset together. Please join us!
Find the 5 Day Break THRU Boredom challenge in my facebook community too! That's where you can participate for prizes and get more free trainings.
If you like this blog, you may also like this Free Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce Childhood Stress and Anxiety.