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Surviving a Move {Spontaneous Play & Learning}

We moved this past week. It is true what “they” say, moving with young children is very difficult for a lot of reasons not the least of which is that packing and unpacking boxes is a challenge. My boys are adjusting well to our new home. It is a big deal to move to a new “home”. I was saddened to not be able to have a typical week of learning and playing for the boys. The environment for the last few weeks has been nothing short of scattered for all of us, especially my young boys.

So as we’re busy making this new house a home, I began reflected on the many joyous moments we had during the process.

As I cleaned out one of our supply cabinets, we discovered long forgotten sensory tub items from last summer. So, as 3 year and 16 month old children do they began exploring the materials and created a very spontaneous tub on the spot. That is when it all began…I knew we’d make it through this move one way or another. Here are a few ways that we made the packing work for our family…we…

…created obstacle courses from our step ladder…
KidsandMoving

…played in, out and all over boxes. Caves, cars, trains, boats, decorating with markers & stickers…
KidsandMovingBoxDecorating

…made a sensory bag from items found in our cabinets that were not longer edible…
Sensory Bag

…drew designs and practiced letters in spilled coffee grinds…
KidsandMovingCoffeeWriting

…we walked the line with a paper towel roll that came undone accidentally…
KidsandMovingPaperTowelWalk

…we counted 21 random lids…
KidsandMovingLidCounting

…we built a tower with random plastic cups found way back in our cabinet and glue…
KidsandMovingCupTower
…the tower was over 5 feet tall…
KidsandMovingCupTower

All of these activities were spontaneous and driven by my sons as we dug through the things in our home packing for the move. A wonderful example of letting go and allowing your kids to learn their learning…also a great way to include them in the not-so-fun part of the packing and moving experience.

Thank you for choosing to read this post today. I hope that we inspired you.
Marnie

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