Most days of the week, I don’t offer many structured activities for my kids. I truly believe that kids learn and play best when they have free play and can use those big imaginations. I once read somewhere that our job isn’t to entertain our kids every hour of the day, and that being bored forces them to be creative and come up with their own ideas.
Plus, a structured activity means I need to have something planned and I’m just not that prepared!
The majority of the time, my kids are great at coming up with something fun to do. This weekend, my oldest found her science notebook from 2nd grade. It detailed her experiments on making glue at school, and she decided that she and her sisters should do some experimenting of their own.
Next thing I know, they have cornstarch, glue, and water being mixed into bowls. Food coloring soon came into the picture, and they were making play-doh! What started as wanting to make glue turned into something else, and I heard her tell her little sisters, “Don’t worry, girls. Scientists get things wrong and sometimes it takes years to figure it out.”
This kept them busy for over an hour! If you can get over the mess that will be made, I highly recommend letting your kids mess around with cornstarch, flour, and water!