When Traci at Beneath Your Heart posted about how to have two hours to yourself everyday with four boys at home all summer, I was more than intrigued.
Well, we’ve adapted her system and it’s working great!
First, I grabbed some craft sticks from my stash and wrote an activity on each one.
Our activities are:
- computer time
- reading time
- coupons (This is a service project for the military which involves cutting coupons from the Sunday paper.)
- Wii (We chose Dance 3 for a little exercise!)
- paint (A few squirts of acrylic paint on paper plates, some cardstock paper, a paintbrush, and some imagination is all that’s required at this station, which is at the kitchen table.)
- tv or movie
On milder days, we’ll include playtime outside, riding bikes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc.
When it’s “station time” each child picks a stick out of the cup and goes to that station for 30 minutes.
My youngest gets bored at about 20 minutes, so we might shorten the time a bit.
What I like about the stations is that both my girls are occupied, and they’re doing their own thing so there is no bickering.
When they’re “station-ing”, I’m getting a few minutes to myself. I’d like to say I’m cleaning and organizing and cooking dinner, etc. But really, all I’ve done is start a load of laundry and write a blog post. But I’ll get there…
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