Sensory Saturday: Keep It Simple

It’s another Sensory Saturday, lovelies! This week will be slightly different as I have words of hope to share with you.

YOU ARE AMAZING.

YOU ARE ENOUGH.

YOUR KIDS ADORE YOU.

YOU CAN DO THIS.

I really hope that you breathe those words into your very core and allow them to settle there. Parenting is hard and with social media, Pinterest-perfect pressure abounding, it is easier than ever to feel like a failure.

You aren’t. You are winning.

I encourage you to take a moment and list (in your head or on paper) your wins for today, no matter how small.

My list
1. The kids were dressed in clean clothing this morning.
2. Oliver ate strawberries for breakfast.
3. The kids hugged each other, unprompted.
4. We have laughed a lot.
5. The house is quiet with sleepy dust as my kids sleep peacefully.

Not too bad of a list for just the first half of the day though the Pinterest-world would tell me I haven’t done enough. However, I don’t live in that world, I live here, right here.

So in keeping with the feel of this post, I felt that I needed to keep this activity simple and to go back to the basics. Although creating fun activities for our kids can be great, allowing them the room to explore on their own, with ordinary things not only takes the pressure off of you, but they tend to have even more fun than if you tried to control every moment.

Here are the materials we used for this activity:
Wet sand
Buckets
Shovels
Water

I gave the kids zero guidance. I just let them outside and they went straight to their exploration.

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The kids shoveled the sand from bucket to bucket and Oliver even piled some on me.

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Maddy found a rolley-polley (what do you call them in your area?) and she was thrilled! She wanted to keep it.

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Oliver then decided that the buckets should be filled with water and I decided Maddy needed to be sprayed.

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Oliver then took the water and tried to get his sister then turned on me.

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Maddy and I found safety inside but Oliver kept trying to get us.

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There was lots of laughter and I didn’t direct them at all. They were just kids. I have to almost constantly remind myself to let my kids be kids. They aren’t kids for long enough.

What do you think? How are you keeping it simple with your activities?

See you next week!

Much love,
<3 Jamie