On a typical morning, we all wake up at around the same time - between 7:15-8:15am.
I usually stay in bed a bit longer, nursing the baby and soaking in her sweet sunrise smiles. Meanwhile, Tim gets our 3-year-old up (or, rather, she gets him up). Sometimes, she watches 1 cartoon on PBS while he showers [we used to never watch TV, but now...we sometimes do...but only in the morning]. Then, we all eat yogurt or cereal or fruit & toast for breakfast.
At 8:50, Tim heads out the door - his laptop bag over his shoulder, his phone in his hand. Our 3-year-old says, "Mommy doesn't want you to go to work." I smile because it's true. He says, "I know. But I have to go. I'll stay home on Friday. I love you." She watches his jeep pull out the driveway.
And then I say, "What would you like to do today?" I love to hear what she says. This morning, she said, "I want to go to Disneyland and Oregon and Washington." Sounds like a plan to me.
Then, we usually end up reading books, going outdoors, or doing crafts.
It helps to have some high-quality art supplies to work with when we start creating. Creativity for Kids is a great go-to shop for that.
Young Artist Learn to Paint Set ($19.99)
Featuring 6 brushes, 5 colors of washable paint, and a mini pallet, this set comes in a mini canvas carry bag with a plastic window display. Its an attractive gift - and one that is sure to make any child's eyes dance with possibility.
White Paper Roll 12" x 100' ($9.50)
Give a child a length of plain white paper and prepare to be amazed. Children are extraordinarily creative and can produce the most impressive, radiant pictures with the right tools to work with.
12 Ct. Jumbo Grip Colored Pencils ($21.99)
These over-sized, high-quality pencils are an ideal gift or stocking stuffer for any child or adult. Just pair with a sketchbook and tie a huge ribbon around the package. Voila! An instant classy present. *I know I would like it just as much as my 3-year-old would.*
If you prefer to have a little more "direction" for your crafty projects, you'll be pleased to know that Creativity for Kids offers a wide selection of pre-assembled art kits. Check 'em out: Quick and Easy Tie-Dye Deluxe, Create Your Own Books, Make Your Own Animal Puppets, and more!
YOUR TURN: What is your morning routine like?
WIN IT! One winner will receive all of the products listed above: a Young Artist Learn to Paint Set, a White Paper Roll 12" x 100', and a 12 Ct. box of Jumbo Grip Colored Pencils. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Sunday, December 27th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about my Christmas Gift Guide (or about this giveaway)…and leave a second comment telling me that you did.
* I received product samples for review purposes.
*UPDATE* The winner is #123 Kerrie. Congratulations!