For hands-on moms, the internet is a vast resource of parenting ideas and kid-friendly activities. Pinterest alone has thousands of cute DIY crafts and fun activities just waiting to be pinned.
Our Member of the Month, Stephanie, loved having all these resources at her fingertips! But there was a small hitch.
“I mean, I can Pinterest activities and do them with my kids right?” Stephanie shares. “I can. But I don’t actually do them.”
All that aspirational pinning, without actually doing the activities, brought Stephanie to The Activity Room®.
“I wrestled with if I should join or not,” Stephanie says. “It’s 100% worth it to save my time and have everything laid out for me.”
Inside The Activity Room, Stephanie finds step-by-step plans for every single day of the month all year round. It takes all the guesswork out of finding, planning, and doing hands-on activities with her kids!
Plus, as part of The Activity Room family, Stephanie also gained access to an exclusive community of friendly and supportive parents. The ROOM Facebook group connects hands-on parents from around the world.
“Not only do you have the calendar but the Facebook group is filled with ideas and different ways other people did the same activities,” Stephanie explains.
Being able to connect with other parents is so helpful!
Stephanie finds cool ideas that go beyond The Activity Room plans. Members often share ways to adjust an activity for older or younger kids, too.
Let’s Meet Stephanie
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
3 kids. Evelyn is almost 5, Ewan just turned 2, and Korra is 9 months old
How long have you been in The Activity Room®?
What is your favorite activity you’ve done in The Activity Room®?
The spiderweb maze between chairs has been a favorite here
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you get a few moments?
My kids are all very physically active.
So when we’re bored or they’re getting restless I have my Echo Dot play the hokey pokey or the bird dance. We have a mini dance party.
What’s your best tip for doing activities with your kids?
Be adaptable. Don’t look at the list of items needed and assume you can’t do it because you’re missing a piece.
Adapt the activity for what you do have.
If you were to tell a friend about The Activity Room®, what would you say to them?
The Activity Room makes me look like a super mom.
Share your favorite quote
Fail to plan, plan to fail.
Paper Bag Haircuts
Instead of my kids playing salon or barbershop with their dolls, or each other, we created a safe alternative. My kids love to give a paper bag haircuts!
For this activity, we needed:
- lunch size paper bag(s)
- kid-safe scissors
First, draw a face on one side of the paper bag. You could totally involve your kids with this part of the setup.
Draw on the basics, then invite your child to add in the details. If they get stuck, give them a little nudge to add in hair, color in the eyes, or make a smile.
Around the top of the bag, cut vertical strips that go about halfway down. This will be the bag’s “hair.”
Then, let your mini hair stylists get to work!
Invite your child to give paper bag haircuts. They can cut each strip individually or trim several strands at once.
This is great scissor work for older toddlers and preschoolers. For younger kids without scissor skills, they can simply tear off the paper bag’s “hair.”
We loved drawing silly faces on our bags before giving them crazy hairstyles!