Now that Summer vacation has arrived, a lot of parents will be pulling their hair out trying to keep their kids occupied! I’m all about spending as much time with Luke as I can but there are times when he has to keep himself occupied and find something to do on his own. It’s definitely important for kids to grow their imagination and not feel as though you are there solely to entertain them. If I have to get something done, I have been timing my “must do’s” to no longer than 30 minutes and ask him to find something on his own (sometimes I give him a few options to spark his imagination) but I absolutely refuse to have the TV on throughout the day. I try to have something we do together after the 30 minutes, like a game or making lunch together or sitting outside with him. Trying to find a good balance is key! BUT – I feel like this is going to help me out big time when his baby sister arrives because there will be times he has to wait for me to play with him because I’m feeding the baby, etc. I think this will really help the transition because he is used to me having other things to do and I don’t want him to think that the world revolves around him, which is easy to fall into when you’re a SAHM because your schedule naturally falls around the kids.
I have been looking for new things for Luke because lately he’s bored of his usual toys that at one time occupied him for what felt like hours. He’s getting older and has more of a need for more mature activities. This week, I decided to check out Book Bums in West Chester for their Tuesday story time from 10:00am-11:00am. I was completely impressed and I think I know where I want to spent the rest of my pregnancy!! At first I wondered why they charged $5 for story time but soon after story time started I thought instantly that it was worth every penny because it was really a pre-school lesson complete with a snack and crafts for the kids. It was hands down the best story time I’ve ever been to and Miss Kathy is so fantastic with the kids, you can tell she is a retired school teacher and kids are her passion! I can sit and relax with a hot drink and snack while I watch Luke enjoy the books and lessons during the hour long story time. If you haven’t been…you’ve got to try it out! And don’t forget that your first time is free!
Luke has also really been getting into new fun games that we can all play as a family. One popular favorite at the moment is the AJJ Cornhole Table Toss game!
The other fun thing that is usually attached to Luke every minute of the day is this Aerobie Sprint Ring, which retails for under $10! It’s great for kids ages 7 and up but Luke loves playing with this! He pretends it’s a steering wheel so it goes everywhere with us and he loves rolling it. He’s pretty good at tossing it but he’s still too young to be able to catch it when thrown to him, hence the suggested age of 7 and up. There are a ton of youtube videos of people using it but here are a few of the perks of the Aerobie Sprint Ring:
Flies twice as far as conventional discs
- Patented high performance design
- Perfect for backpacking
- Thrilling games of catch
- Compact 10 inch diameter size
- Made in the U.S.A.
It’s really easy to catch because of its soft rubber material and would be another great game to pack up on your family summer time adventures, whether you’re going camping or to the beach! It makes it fun to get outside with the family and turn an hour of exercise into an hour of fun for any family!
If you think your family would have a blast with the Aerobie Sprint Ring and would like to have a chance to get your own Aerobie Sprint Ring to enjoy with your family, leave us a comment on this post and we’ll draw one winner next Friday, June 15th, who will get one sent to them for FREE!