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Don’t Wake the Dinos: Game for Children

Hey guys!

I have the pleasure of watching the cutest little guy ever at least once a week named Max. Max is three and loves surprises. For the past five months that I have been watching him, I have brought in my extremely limited supply of toys and books that I have for children his age (thankfully my mom just finished watching a young boy and so had some great things in stock for me to take!) and now that month six is approaching, there is only so much of transportation puzzle I can handle! 

Thankfully, I had a random epiphany: Do crafts and activities with him!

Unfortunately, I am NOT on the creative side. But I must say, I am rather proud of the work I put into finding and then creating a game I found on Pinterest. It was originally titled something like “Butterfly Garden”, but Max is not one for butterflies so I switched it to “Don’t Wake the Dinos.” 

Basically, cut out an array of dinosaur outlines (I did 15 of them) and lay them out across the floor. You can do rows or just lay them out randomly. On top of the dinos (or butterflies or whatever the child would most likely be interested in) you can place buttons, fuzzy craft balls, thimbles… whatever is useful or handy (I used manchala beads so no judging here haha) and then have the child tiptoe around the paper cut outs and retrieve the item you placed on top.

The goal is to not step on the cut out. If they do, start over. Or at least that’s the rules I ingeniously came up with. 

I’m excited to share this with Max tonight when I go to babysit him! I’m hoping to use this as an incentive as he’s getting ready for bed. I’ll post later whether he enjoyed the game or not!      

ImageHere’s the top of my dino game that’s spread out on my floor currently. (Don’t mind my converse shoes or my dirty floor!) My camera on my computer couldn’t capture all of the dinosaurs that I made, and I’m not that great of a photographer so I was only able to get just the top half of it. I must say, I’m rather happy about how well they turned out, if I do say so myself!

Like I said, I’ll let you all know through a comment or in a different post how well Max liked it!

God bless!

Hannah                                                                  

Chapter 2: Let’s Go!

How’s it going, friends?

I’m sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve last written but I am still here! Quick side note before I jump in: My last day of work went well, though a bit emotional, and I’ve been keeping super busy since (as you’ll notice when you keep reading) so that has helped a ton! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

But to get into what’s really on my mind… (drum roll, please)

Running.

Yeah. I’m not just talking about the exercise kind of running, either. I’m talking about 7 am wake up and you’re running as soon as your feet touch the ground. You see, my sister and I are volunteering at our church, Sherwood Oaks Christian Church (Bloomington, IN near Indiana University) for VBS and boy… Although I just finished a job working with two year olds, I never knew how crazy church kids could be!

crazy again

I’m talking cheese-its thrown all over the table and floor. And refusing to pick them up. Hitting a volunteer smack dab in the face with a ball. Maneuvering through removable barriers in front of the stage where all the band instruments are to have a miniature concert.

That may not sound too bad but whew.. that’s barely just scratching the surface of the day! So the running just kept going throughout the day…

All the way to the track outside our local YMCA. So here I am, the girl who loves food yet tries to throw in the occasional exercise to make up for what I do eat. So here it is. A Monday. The start of the week to hit it off right. And even though I ate (over!) my share of Arby’s for lunch today I was determined to at least get a little bit of exercise in for the day. As I said, went to the Y and set a goal. Two miles of alternating between running half a mile and walking half a mile. And I discovered something possibly ground breaking for myself and perhaps you:

Set goals you can accomplish. That way, when you are able to surpass your expectations, you will have a confidence boost like no other.

Because you see I did not just two miles. Or three. Or even four. That’s right. I was able to get in FIVE miles, alternating between running half a mile and walking half a mile. And this comes from the girl who hasn’t run like that for at least 6 months. (I will say I have biked pretty consistently so this might factor into how well I did, but still…)

So. If you are at a limbo with some stuff, be it exercise or just what to do with life in general here’s what I learned from today:

Try. Try something new. Try volunteering if you haven’t before. (Beware of church kids 😉 jk! jk!) Try setting small daily goal and watch yourself surpass it! Because if you don’t try, you’ll never know what could be. What chances might open up for you. What accomplishments you’ll make.

Needless to say, I feel excellent about today because I feel like I conquered the world… At least, my world in a sense. No I really don’t know what my next move is job-wise but that’s ok. I have a feeling something will come along and point me in the right direction. But until that happens, I’ll keep my feet going in what I think is the right way and see what happens from there!

So… Let’s go, guys! Let’s try!

Many blessings!

Hannah