6 Ways To Be Silly With Your Kids

Day to day life can be stressful with managing work, the kids, household chores and paying bills. If you are a busy parent then you know that we could all use a break every now from being an adult. We forget to stop and take a few minutes to play with our kids because lets face it there are a million other things that need to be done! A great way to take a break from everything else is to do silly activities with our kids.

I am definitely guilty of being a little too serious at times. I get stuck in the parenting role and forget that its ok to laugh and be silly. When I do finally take a breather it feels amazing! I really do love having fun with my kids and showing them that it’s ok to be silly sometimes. What kid wouldn’t love to do silly games with their parents?

I am sharing with you some really fun activities that you can do with your kids to be silly. These are all things that I have done with my kids to let loose. The best thing is that you can get the whole family involved! It feels so good to cut loose and act like a total dork sometimes. Kids are so amazing at not judging you. Take a little time to have some fun!

1. Have a Dance Party!

Have a dance party with your kids. I love to put on some fun music and dance with my kids. The goal is to dance in the silliest way possible. We turn it into a contest as to who can come up with the craziest dance moves. It’s a lot of fun and really gets everyone moving!

2. Play Hide and Seek

Play hide and seek with your kids. Kids absolutely love this game! It is an old time classic game but is still so much fun. We love coming up with fun and creative places to hide. You can get the whole family to play and they will love it!

3. Have a Sing Along

Put on some music and sing along! Its ok if you don’t know the words just make up your own. We make it fun by singing in silly voices. The kids really love it and you can channel your inner superstar! This Kids Karaoke Machine is so much fun from Amazon.com.

4. Play Dress-Up

Bring out some costumes and accessories and see who can come up with the craziest outfits. Make a runway and model your crazy outfits. Don’t forget to strike a silly pose! We love these Melissa & Doug dress up hats.

5. Play Pretend

Come up with different scenarios and play pretend. This is a great way to get you and your kids imaginations going. Try to get really into character and be as silly and over the top as possible. These Childcraft Occupation Costumes can really set up your scenario.

6. Do Crazy Hairstyles

Do crazy hairstyles on each other. Find barrettes or things around the house like straws or cotton balls to add to your crazy hair! When finished model your silly hairstyles and take some selfies together.

I hope you will take a little time to play around with some of these ideas. I promise you and your kids will have so much fun! There are probably so many other silly things you can do with your kids. What are some fun activities you do to be silly with your kids? Also check out my post on ways to be a happier and healthier mom.

fun activities to be silly with kids
silly activities to have fun with kids

 

Tips And Tricks: Hosting A Successful Playdate

Have you ever thought about hosting a playdate, but are too scared or don’t have the energy to host one? Or maybe you have hosted one, but it didn’t go according to plan. I have experience all of the above. Hosting a playdate can be stressful especially if you are not fully prepared. The thought of having more kids come to your house can be a little overwhelming.

Why are playdates important?

Playdates can be really great experiences and learning tools for your kids. By being around other kids your child will learn how to interact with other kids appropriately. Learning to share, communicate, take turns, be respectful, and follow others rules. Playdates can be fun for the parents too! Spending time with other adults can be a luxury at times. It is also a great time to share stories and swap advice.

Over the years, through trial and error and some bad playdates, I have come up with some tips and tricks to make for a successful playdate. It is mostly about covering all of your bases and being prepared for any situation.

Entertainment

The most important part of hosting a successful playdate it to know how you are going to keep the kids entertained. Toys alone will probably not be enough. Before long the kids will be bored with the toys and they will probably start getting crazy or maybe even ask to leave. We all know that when kids are bored they start causing trouble or get into things they shouldn’t. All of these scenarios can be avoided if you set up a game plan. Plan out activities that are fun and age appropriate for the little ones and will keep them interested for a period of time.

 

Indoor Activities:
  • Draw pictures
  • Make puzzles
  • Paint rocks
  • Play-doh
  • Bake cookies/ decorate cookies
  • Build a fort
  • Play a game (hot potato, hide and seek)
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Play dress up
  • Craft project

 

Outdoor Activities:
  • Blow bubbles
  • Draw with chalk
  • Obstacle course
  • Play ball
  • Water balloons, squirt guns
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Jump rope
  • Hula hoop

Food

If you are planning a lunch playdate then have the food ready when they arrive. Choose food that is easy to eat and will appeal to most kids. Chicken nuggets, sandwiches, or frozen pizza are my go tos. I like to serve them with a side of fruit. You can always check with the parent to see what their child likes to eat or if they have any food allergies.

Snack Bar

 

All of the playing can make the kids hungry so be prepared to have plenty of snacks. A great idea that has worked for me is to set up a snack bar on your counter or table. Be sure that the kids can easily access it when they are in need of a little snack. I like to put out a variety of snacks such as cheese and crackers, fruit, nuts, pretzels, baby carrots and juice.

Remove Problem Toys

 

Before your playdate arrives remove any toys that you foresee a problem with. I like to put away all of the electronics or any toys with a lot of small pieces that can get lost easily. You should also ask your child if there are toys that they don’t feel comfortable sharing. There may be toys that are special to them that you want to put in a safe place. By putting away certain toys you will avoid some of the sharing issues that may happen later.

Set Rules

Discuss with your child the rules that are in place when their friends come to the house and be sure to enforce them. If there are areas of the house that are off limits or things that are not supposed to be played with make sure to let all of the kids know. Let them know if you are going to be playing outside or staying indoors. If your child is clear about the rules then they can be sure to follow them and you will avoid some of the tantrums.

I hope this post has been helpful to you so you can start planning your next playdate. My kids and I really enjoy playdates and hopefully you will too. Follow this advice and your playdate will be smooth sailing! Comment if there are any ideas I didn’t mention. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for hosting a successful playdate.