Sunday, May 15, 2011

Know How to Play.

Sometimes, when we are having a busy week or an especially busy day, I feel overwhelmed with the need to fit in some special time with my little ones.

But I am tired of picking dried play-doh from the carpet, I have banned glitter for at least 2 years, and the Easy-Bake oven will not be re-appearing again until Grandma visits. Yes, you heard me right, Grandma.  

So, is there ever an alternative to an organized craft project or reading every story book in my library when we really just need a few minutes of special bonding time?

For us, floor time is the answer.  When it has been a day of scurrying around with my 1 year old and 3 year old under my feet, chasing two steps behind me as I cook and clean, I eventually take a few minutes to stop. I simply sit or lie on the floor.  I am instantly transformed into a jungle gym, a racing horse, a hugging bear, or another 1-3 year old who is low enough to really listen.  

Is it always fun to bend our creaky knees and our aching back to sit on the carpet or hard floor—the floor that is usually scattered with leftover Ritz cracker crumbs and tiny Lego pieces? At first, no. But my kids love it when we play together on the floor, even if we are just talking and tumbling around, and I'm sure yours will, too. The positive results (smiles, laughs, talks) are immediate.

Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” So, let's all devote a few more moments to research (via playfulness) with our kids on the floor 
this week!


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