I recently had the privilege of reading a great eBook called “75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home”. The author, Anna Luther, was a working woman who had three kids in three years (woah!). She quit her job and, though she never thought she would be a stay-at-home mom, she has realized it was the best decision her family ever made.
Anna blogs about all of this stuff – the good, the messy, and the funny – at My Life and Kids: Finding the Fun in Life and Motherhood. I’m a big fan of her down-to-earth, anti-supermom vibe. She keeps it real and isn’t afraid to admit that her house is a mess and, yes, there are days where she and the kids don’t make it out of their pajamas. Love it!
Anna is celebrating the release of her new eBook and she’s asked me to share some of my thoughts on it. After having read through it, I am totally game. This is great stuff.
As an OT, I want to share three of Anna’s ideas I loved (it was hard to pick just three…seriously, so much great stuff).
#45: Sticker Scavenger Hunt. This is a great one for fine motor, visual scanning, and understanding of positions in space when you give them clues about where the stickers are hiding (up/down, left/right, over/under, “hot”/”cold”, etc.).
#55: Obstacle Course. Obstacle courses can be set up inside or outside and you can use anything and everything in the environment to make them great. They are great for challenging kids’ gross motor skills and teaching them an understanding of sequence (1st this, 2nd this, 3rd this). Encourage them to incorporate animal crawls or wheelbarrow walks to help strengthen their upper body and trunk, both of which are necessary for strong fine motor skills.
#67: DIY Puzzles. Don’t throw out that cereal box until your kids have cut it apart and turned it into a puzzle! Great for fine motor and problem solving skills.
And as a mom of a boy who will someday love things that are disgusting, I absolutely MUST mention this one:
#3: Make Farting Noises. With a straw. Into your armpit. Say what?! Wait, it gets better. This one comes with video tutorial by Miss Anna herself. Now this you’ve gotta see.
Interested in finding out all 75 ways to have more fun at home? Well, you’re in luck. This eBook is hot off the (virtual) press and you can read more about it or instantly download it for $3.99 by clicking here.
I hope Anna’s eBook can serve as a great resource that will equip and inspire you to make the most of your time with your kids, whether you work full-time inside or outside the home. Check it out, and be sure to stop by her blog to leave her a note of encouragement or gratitude for a job well done!