Laugh the Night Away!
Running out of ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer? Here's a NEW activity from Fishful Thinking that our family did together not too long ago. We had a great time!
Laugh Night - We can teach our children to value and savor positive emotions by creating a ritual that shines the spotlight on a positive feeling (love,humor, inspiration, interest, gratitude, joy, serenity, hope, pride or awe.) Positive emotions not only feel good, but they fuel creativity,contribute to resilience, and strengthen relationships.
We kicked things off one Saturday laugh-afternoon by watching The Slumber Party episode from the first season of The Cosby Show (my favorite!) - the one where Rudy has EIGHT kids sleep over, and Dr. Huxtable does the Bucking Bronco thing on his knee with each one of them. Hilarious. Abby and Noah thought it was really funny too. Then we made giant pancakes for dinner and used all kinds of fruit to make funny faces on them.
Of course, we had to wear silly hats at the dinner table: Dad - a Santa hat, me - Mickey Mouse ears, Noah - a fireman hat, and Abby - her K graduation cap. I even went as far as telling the kids they could have a bubble blowing contest with their milk! They sure loved that since I am always reminding them NOT to do that. Yup, I blew a few bubbles with my straw too. We also read some jokes from a kids' joke book and had a couple of laughs - pretty cheesy stuff.
After we finished our pancakes, it was time for a game! I wrote some silly things on index cards - do the chicken dance, make a fish face, pat your head & rub your belly, etc...- and we had to pick a card and do what it said. That probably got the most laughs of the evening...well, that and an online episode of Wipe Out. I tell ya, the kids and their dad can't get enough of that show. They were cracking up.
We'll have to have another Laugh Night again soon and watch a funny movie next time 'cause this mama can only take so much of Wipe Out. :)
Thanks Kelli for the wonderful post! Be sure to check out Kelli's blog.
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