Are you a playful mom?

How would your kids describe you right now?

Some days, I’m a little scared to find out. Hmm. Tired? Stressed? Oh, I’ve got the market on that. But fun?

There’s a million things to do as a mom. So, even when sitting, we’re rarely relaxed. This makes it incredibly difficult to step back and remember to be chill with them.

However, I’d like to be a fun mom. In fact, it’s a part of my mom mantra, or daily goal, if you will.

“present, playful, calm”

(For more on the mantra and what each word means to me, check out this article. ) Today, we’re focusing on the playful part.

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Playful means that I take the time to be silly with them. I show them I love them by getting on their level and having fun.

Because one day my kids will be grown.

And the opportunity to play will be long gone. Those adorable rolling giggles will be a thing of the past. And my chance to make childhood memories will be too.

First, Two Rules To Being Playful…

1. Pick What You Enjoy

Steer clear of the activities that YOU don’t like. Making yourself play something that you can’t stand will only make you hate your time with your little ones.

So, take a look at the list, and only do the activities that you can see yourself smiling with.

2. Don’t Just Plan It

Additionally, the activities should include you in it.

Often, I fall into the trap of planning fun things, but then not participating. IT DOES NOT COUNT if you set up an awesome obstacle course but then walk away to do laundry.

And now…

37 Easy Ways To Be A More Playful Mom

1. Have a Tickle Fight

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The most effective one on the list! If you need help, we love The Tickle Monster book. It’s probably our favorite book of all time, and it ALWAYS ends in a tickle war.

2. Go on A Bike Ride

The first time I went on a bike ride with my kids, my son brought the first aid kit in case I crashed. Apparently, moms could get hurt having fun.

3. Play a game at the park

Anytime you go to an empty playground, start tag or hide and seek with your kids. Get a little exercise and show your kids you can let your hair down.

4. Color with sidewalk chalk

Trace your kids’ bodies or draw a road or city that they can use their bikes on.

5. Have a nerf gun/water gun war

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A water gun fight shows up on every summer bucket list of ours. Get a little competitive and soak your family. Or keep it indoors, turn out the lights, and start shooting those darts.

6. Have a dance party

An impromptu dance is a great way to get the wiggles out before bed. Freeze dance is our favorite.

7. Leave notes under their pillows

My daughter leaves TONS of stuff under my pillow. For real, I sleep with a constant paper crunching under my head. I try to reciprocate when I can because it takes 2 minutes and she feels loved when she gets them back.

8. Make silly faces

Are you waiting for food to be ready? Or in line for something? Make silly faces and take some selfies while you wait!

9. Go sledding or build a snowman

Bundle up and contribute to that snowman they’re so excited to make.

10. Wrestle together

Get on the floor and jump on each other. The kids do it anyway, so might as well join in.

11. Look at the clouds together

When was the last time you looked at those fluffy clouds? Take turns telling each other what shapes and animals they look like.

12. Play a board game

Pull out a simple game and get playing. Our favorites are Sequence for Kids and Monopoly Jr.

13. Play in a creek

We have a creek near our house that the kids love checking out. The snakes creep me out, but it’s perfect to explore in the winter months.

14. Play in a sprinkler

This activity has very little to set up or clean up, making it perfect!

15. Draw together

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This website has free drawing videos, or Ed Emberley’s drawing books do a great job of teaching how to draw step by step.

16. Build legos

Make a new creation together. Challenge your kids to build something they haven’t before.

17. Play the story game

You start a story with 3-5 words, then your child continues with 3-5 words and you continue back and forth. It gets silly pretty quickly and is an easy mealtime activity.

18. Bake something sweet

What kid (and adult) doesn’t like sugar? Make some simple cookies with their help. Go in knowing things will get messy!

19. Play card games

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War and go fish are popular at our house. The best thing about card games is they are easy to take places.

20. Have a tea party

Tea time with a little juice is an easy way to make a normal afternoon special.

21. Campout in the backyard

Grab your camping stuff and make an evening out of being together around the firepit. Don’t forget marshmallows!

22. Play a prank

Show dad a little love by pranking him. Pop out in a mask or have the kids scare him.

23. Play with playdough

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If you’ve never made playdoh, it is incredibly easy to make. This recipe HERE gives step by step instructions. Then spend some time creating something new with your kids.

24. Read to them

Kids are never too old to be read to. Use an animated voice to get the kids interested and choose books that you also find fun.

25. Play a videogame

My son is obsessed with Minecraft, and it would mean the world to him if I played it too.

26. Play a sport

When your little one gets active in something, practice with them. Shoot hoops or kick the ball back and forth outside.

27. Race

Race the kids down the street or to the next tree. It takes 2 minutes, but it’s very effective.

28. Do An obstacle course

Set up an amazing obstacle course with the kids in the backyard, and then be the first to try it out!

29. Make slime

There are tons of homemade slime recipes like this one.

30. Tell jokes

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We gave our son this joke book last Christmas and have entertained ourselves for quite some time telling them back and forth.

31. Play would you rather

Fun to play with kids and students. Simply say two normal or outrageous ideas and see what kids pick. Makes great dinner conversation!

“Would you rather have blue hair or green feet?”

32. Create silly traditions

These are so important because they force you to be a playful mom year after year. Once your kids expect it, there’s no going back. It’s a major reason behind several of our traditions.

Why not celebrate “backwards day” or chase your kids under the mistletoe?

Check out my family traditions ebook for TONS of ideas!

33. Have a spa night

Spending time devoted to nails and hair makes any little girl feel special.

34. Fly kites

We always drag our feet going out, but have the best time when we get there.

35. Have cuddle time

Those snuggle moments won’t last forever.

36. Make an epic fort

Forts are the symbol of childhood, so get involved and make an awesome one.

37. Use your imagination

Finally, just taking a moment to use your imagination is a huge step towards being a playful mom. Talk to their stuffed animal or pretend you’re fighting a fire. The kids won’t forget it.

Something To Think About

Honestly, becoming a playful mom doesn’t have to take tons of work. It’s being intentional about the small actions we do every day.

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