When our daughters were little, we lived in Arizona where, as most anyone knows, it can get a little warm, especially during summer. During the times of day when it was too sunny over our pool to swim and to avoid sunburn, we went hunting for fun inside. Fun like arts and crafts, reading, acting out movies or scavenger hunts. I loved those times and had just as much fun as the girls.
I had tons of art supplies and the girls would make story books from the homemade drawing and writing journals I would create with construction paper, blank paper and ribbons. I still have some of those books, and they are a way to look back and observe each daughters phases of childhood. I could see in the pictures and stories the things they liked or dreamed about by the colors they used. I could learn about their fantasies or stresses. Have you ever made a drawing or writing journal for your child, Dear Reader? Try it.
I used to love to act out movies with the girls and I played many rolls. I was Dorothy or a wicked witch. I became a dancing chimney sweep or Mary Poppins. Gosh we would laugh and have such times! One of our favorite indoor activities were scavenger hunts. We had a big home so I had lots of space and rooms for them to search. I used to draw maps and set up play tents with games they got to play, tea parties they got serve, or songs they got sing before they followed the next clue. There were stories to read and treats to eat or pictures and crafts to make. It used to take me ages to make a scavenger hunt and minutes for them to finish. They always wanted another hunt too and I can still hear them giggling.
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