I, like you I’m sure, have a Pinterest account. When I have some spare time I jump on and pin the shit out of a heap of stuff, including art and craft activities to do with my kids. And if I’m to be completely honest, I’m just not a Pinterest Mum. You know the ones? They have countless activities set up throughout the day to keep their children engaged and interested? It’s almost as though they are a teacher, planning lessons for every second of the day. And it’s just not me.
I may not be a Pinterest Mum, but my kids are amazingly independent, they can play for hours on end using their imagination, with what little toys they have and the great outdoors. I might not have craft activities set out for them but I tell you what I have that’s better than a Pinterest Mum? I was once a kid too you know? And man oh man, did my sister and I manage to keep ourselves occupied especially on those days where Mum would yell at us “Get outside, it’s a beautiful day out there you know?!”.
I’ve taught my daughter how to pretend to use her bike as a horse, because that’s what my sister and I rolled when we were younger! We’d ride our bike, rise our butts up and down from our seat mimicking trotting, and make clicking sounds with our tongue to sound like a horse on the road. I’ve taught Princess that!
And there’s so many other things we used to do as kids that I’ve started handing down to my kidlets. When we weren’t pretending our horses were bikes, my little sister and I were of course making cubby houses out of sheets over the snooker table, playing schools with friends in the street in our cubby, and lets not forget playing Barbies and Mum’s and Dad’s!! After a downpour of rain we’d race out to the gutter and race leaf boats. We’d catch Butchy Boys and train them, yeah train them! We’d go down to the creek at the end of our street and catch tadpoles. We’d pack a picnic and ride along the bike track to the local library and then head to the park for lunch.
I may not be a Pinterest (although I will admit I have been known to whip up some chocolate play dough) but I can pass down to my kids some I things my sister and I did to keep ourselves amused. So now my kids (not Pinterest kids required activities set out for them to keep their day flowing) explore outside, jump in puddles, dig dirt, pretend to chop wood and make booby traps. They play cards, marbles and downball, or four square, or whatever they call it these days with their added foolish rules. We cook, we read books and we make potions out of water, dirt, flowers and rocks! And I can sure as hell show Ragamuffin the best place in the house to race his match box cars!!
What did you do as a kid that you’d love to hand down to yours?