1. Write to do lists that are fun to look at (doodles
and colours) AND include fun things on them.
*GO jump in a puddle
*wash more laundry (including your puddle-
2. PLease remember to turn on some music
because it changes the electro-magnetic currents in your
twiddly thorax swampbuster,
making you more apt to have a good time.
Switch on your senses.
PLay with the bubbles that the dishsoap makes and notice
how the water feels, splashing over your wrists.
(at least, smell the *clean* things)
When you fold clothes, group them by colour,
or test yourself to see how neatly you can put the edges together.
*then sit back and admire your work*
4. invite the Little Helpers along.
*sometimes they slow things down, but they make everything
more fun. (and you are teaching them, and one day you will blink
and they will actually be helping.)
show them how to make dirty things shiny.
get them to use the rolling pin, the broom, the
the vegetable peeler,
even the KNIVES
5. Name your appliances. Name your pots and pans.
Use their names when you're talking about them.
6. Put signs everywhere that say important things like:
*open me for birdsong*
on the window.
7. Fresh flowers whenever possible.
Origami ones when not.
(origami is a very orderly way of having fun, good for the
anxious times, like knitting. maybe you can knit yourself
8. imagine that you are the Only Living Daughter of the
last king of the tribe of Vindakoo and that your survival depends on
only if you finish washing the dishes in the Gigantic Sink
can the key to the labyrinth drop into your hands. once you
mop the floors, you will be able to come through the labyrinth
and get to your tribe.
(and save them!)
(hey, I said play. I'm not ashamed!)
9. be a World Famous Documentarian.
you can do it *crocodile hunter style*, like sheryl suggested,
narrating your way through the wild things all around you
(this especially works if you are wrestling young boys)
or *rivers and tides style*,
where everything you do is a temporary work of art and
there is a hushed silence as you
10. On that note, make sculptures!
Use the lego, the couch cushions, cucumber slices,
They will be temporary, but they will probably entertain your family.
11. Play with food because kitchen time can be too serious.
Make faces from vegetables, make cities, draw your childrens' names
and create animals.
then eat them.
(any other suggestions?)