Updated: Jan 11
How often do we hear, "I can't wait for the weekend, TGIF, or it's FriYay"...why do we have to wait until the week is over to put the 'yay' in the day? Teaching young kids to find the joy in every single day shows them that you don't have to wait for the weekends to be happy, have fun and enjoy today. In this #PullYourWeeds blog post we have put together our TOP 10 ways to help you and your family find the 'Yay' in everyday, with the added bonus of nurturing your kids social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.
Scroll Down To Read Our Top 10 Ways To Add Some Yay To Your Day!
#1 Have A Costume Party
Let's face it, we all love to play dress up every now and then, but did you know there are a lot of social and emotional benefits too! Dressing up in costumes requires one to use their imagination, it encourages role play and helps gain confidence.
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#2 Do Some Crafts
Art projects are not only fun but they encourage kids to be creative. When doing arts & crafts together it helps keep everyone on the same task and appreciate each other's artistic difference.
#3 Play A Board Game
It's all fun and games with the added bonus of practicing self-control, sportsmanship, and positive decision making.
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#4 Have A Bake Off
Who doesn't love a baking championship? Baking has been found to have therapeutic values which helps to ease stress and anxiety. It is a creative and meditative process that stimulates the senses with rewarding/tasty results.
#5 Do A Scavenger Hunt
Eye spy a tons of fun, responsible decision making, positive problem solving skills and teamwork building!
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#6 Make Breakfast For Dinner
#7 Set Up A Picnic
Picnics can be a great way to promote healthy eating habits, enjoy the outdoors, and spend some time together. Plus, making the food and packing the basket gets everyone involved and builds excitement. If you are looking for a fun, kid friendly snack...CLICK HERE!
#8 Have A Dance Party
"I feel better when I'm dancing"...literally dancing is one of the purest forms of expressing joy and happiness. It is also a fun and unexpected workout! Be sure to make sure everyone's musical taste are included!
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#9 Do A Midweek Movie Night
Surprise your kids with a family approved flick, cozy blankets and popcorn! The brain chemicals released when snuggling are linked to health benefits for parents and children alike!
#10 Watch Camp Hello Gardeners®
If you are looking for some fun, positive screen time for you and your kids to enjoy, turn on an episode or four of Camp Hello Gardener® and bonus points for doing all the activities featured in each session!
To help you and your kids put a little ‘yay’ into everyday we made a printer friendly version of our
’Make Everyday A Yay Day’ checklist for you to hang on the fridge, on a corkboard or save in your files!
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Featuring Gardener Anna, Gardener Aidan & Gardener Shanna