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 How to Use a Mom Mantra For Intentional Parenting. ) 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. Forcing yourself to play something that you can’t stand is not a good idea. It will only make you begrudge your time with your little ones. Trust me, 5 hours of legos does not make me the fun mom I want to be.
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.
37 Easy Ways To Be More Fun
1. Have a tickle fight
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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?
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 Consider
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.
“A Real Mom:
Emotional, yet the rock. Tired, but keeps going. Worried, but full of hope. Impatient, yet patient. Overwhelmed, but never quits. Amazing, even though doubted. Wonderful, even in the chaos. Life changer, every single day.”Rachel Martin
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