I’m all about letting kids be bored (it’s good for them) and responsible for their own entertainment (they have a ton of toys), but once in a while, it’s nice to provide them with a little inspiration. Especially when they’ve been stuck inside for the past few days because of bad weather and they’re practically climbing the walls (and soon you will be, too).
One dad shared a fresh idea on Twitter that requires very little effort on your part, encourages their creativity and — most importantly — keeps them busy for a while.
— Sasha Okamoto (@EnvironHealtEZV) August 6, 2019
His letter reads:
I have a very important assignment for you. As you can see, I have numbered 3 bags, 1, 2 & 3.
Take a slip of paper from the first bag for your assignment.
Take a slip of paper from the second bag for the subject of your assignment.
Take a slip of paper from the third bag for the scene of your assignment.
No redraws. Keep the first paper you get! You can help each other if you like, but I expect to see results when I get home. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour.
He filled the first bag with a variety of activities: Draw a picture, write a story, take a photo, make a movie, create a dance.
He filled the second bag with the subject of the activity: Of your parents, of Santa Claus, of a spaceman, of a clown, of a ghost.
He filled the third bag with the action: Riding a dinosaur, fighting a bear, getting married, having a pillow fight, walking on the moon.
Depending on what they pull out, he might come home to an interpretive dance of Santa Claus fighting a bear or a story about the time the neighbourhood clown took a trip to the moon.
You can personalise the ideas with names of their friends or family or events (zombies, giant spiders and skeletons might make an appearance in the activity bags around Halloween, for example).
Or, if they’re feeling extra creative, they can come up with their own ideas to add to the bags.