Activities For Babies To Preschoolers: Weekly Activity Plans

I used to be really proud of my parenting. Not in a smug, “I’m better than you” way, but in a self-satisfied, “I’m better at this than I thought I was going to be” way. Then things changed. My mum got ill and died, my husband lost his job, I went from SAHM who works an hour a day to WAHM who works every possible moment trying to keep food on the table. Somewhere in all that, I lost the ‘fun’ in my parenting.

Dr Seuss Activities

My children knew what waterbeads and shaving cream and gloop were. They had themed activity days where we decorated the lounge like a scene from the Lorax, or Charlie and Lola came to tea. Parenting was a lot more fun back then. My children had little to no screen time, and we all just got on really well.

Painting with waterbeadsI miss those days.

The problem I have found in trying to get them back, is I feel like I don’t know how. I feel like big gestures take up time, energy and money I don’t have, and little gestures are swept away in a sea of too much else going on.

I reached for the craft drawer the other day to try and see what I could do to fix all this, and found it to not only be in a chaotic state, but we have no basics – no ice lolly sticks, no googly eyes, no scrap bits of paper, no shaving cream or cheap food colourings for painting in the bath. Nope. In the words of Pink… “This used to be a fun house” but hopefully we don’t have to burn it down just yet.


Instead, I’m going to try out something new. Sort of. I used to follow Hands On As We Grow, back when this was a fun house, so when I saw that she now offers weekly activity plans for preschoolers – I figure I’ll start with my young one, as she’s missed out the most – that are simple, easy to follow, and don’t require much equipment or set up time, I decided I need to give it a go – back to basics, and forward from there.

That’s what happened last time. This ‘don’t know which way is up’ mama became pretty good at it starting small and allowing my imagination to grow with that of my babies. So I figure the same can happen again.

Bring it on.

One of the things that drew me to this programme was the talk about accountability. I know that being accountable makes it easier to stick to it, and there’s only benefits to be had both for my small person, our relationship, and with it our daily interactions and by association my feelings towards my parenting.

The weekly activity plans come in:

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5 Books To Help Mamas Organise Time And Plan For Success

Faith Based Books On Organising TimeI’m spending a bit of time this week on the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, for three reasons:

1) There’s too much to cover in one post
2) It’s a fantastic offer with a multitude of resources and for a great, fantastic price
3) Sales like this one help keep food on the table for my family, so I’m helping you, you’re helping me, and I appreciate you for it!

Below is a little more info for you on the five books in the Self-Care category. These are books that will help you organise your time. If you bought these five books independently they would cost you at least $25. Purchase the bundle and you have access to 73 more, with extra benefits and offers. This sale ends on April 28th.

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Equipped: Because You Were Made to Live On Purpose

Equipped offers three simple steps in an easy to navigate download to help you work through the process of living intentionally. You’ll be able to pinpoint key verses and theme that God would like you to focus on this year, draft a mission statement describing how you want to live, and come up with loosely held short term goals that are based on your priorities.

21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

Do you have ideas, hopes, and dreams for what you want to accomplish in your life, but you feel like you’re being held back by a lack of personal discipline?

Are you easily overwhelmed by your big ideas or projects, and you just don’t know where to start and how to make real progress? Do you find yourself making “all-or-nothing” plans for transforming your life, and then three days later you crash and burn under the weight of your plan?

Live for Him: A Grace-Filled Approach to Planning

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In Live for Him: A Grace-Filled Approach to Planning, Crystal Paine takes you through a personal evaluation in order to determine where you are now. Then, you dream a little bit to figure out where you want to be. Afterward, you walk step-by-step through creating a plan to get from where you are now to where you want to be.

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Daylight

Are you “burning daylight?” If you have ever experienced a series of days, weeks or even months when you felt like you just could NOT get on top of all you had to do, you are not alone. Juggling homeschooling and homemaking can be challenging—or so we’ve heard!

Whether you’re struggling with managing your day, or simply looking for encouragement and fresh ideas for tackling your list of things to do, you will enjoy hearing from the heart of busy homeschool mom of seven, wife and author, Heidi St. John. You’ll laugh out loud, learn some of Heidi’s favorite tips on everything from home organization to meal preparation, and discover how you can homeschool in freedom and joy. Are you ready to be encouraged? Then join Heidi in discovering that real moms sometimes serve cereal for dinner—and live to write about it!

Also relevant to mamas who don’t homeschool!

Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day

Do you ever get a few months into a new year and think you’ve already blown it?
retreat book coverThink again. It’s never too late to start planning, dreaming, and living.
A few years ago, Erin Odom started giving herself personal planning retreats near the beginning of each new year and now she’s created a 64 page book, filled with encouragement and motivation on how to create your own personal planning retreat. She includes examples of the tools needed to plan and 35 printables to guide you through your own retreat.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

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