Young children love to play. Sometimes they play undirected. Sometimes they need that one-on-one time with Dad, Mum or the adult in their life who is in charge. And through their play, learning takes place. That can be learning about life, about education, about spirituality, and about character. Here are three simple ideas for a day when you're dry on inspiration.
Using an empty plastic container - like a milk container with a handle - poke holes in the base with a meat skewer, a knife or using hammer and nail. When you're outside, fill the bottle with water and let your child sprinkle the grass, the flowers, and if you're able, the concrete. Talk about what the water is doing for the grass and flowers. Ask your child to draw something on the concrete with their sprinkles - and have them talk to you about the artwork.
Go for a walk in a park and talk about the many miracles of nature. The colour [the trees, the flowers], the shapes [long, short, wide, thin], how God cares for the birds. [watch them fly and eat], and the miracle of growth [can you find plants in various stages of growth]. Ask your child to stand next to a plant and photograph them. Let them see how tall they are next to a tall tree, a short bush, a little flower. Maybe you will have the time to stop and speak a prayer of thanks for all these delights.
When you're indoors, sit with your child as they put together a drawing. Then mount it on an empty food box and cut it into pieces. You and your youngster can create a puzzle that is unique to them.