A few days ago I heard about the “Alphabet Project” recently begun by the PODcast blog. The idea is for bloggers to write a weekly post featuring a photo that has to do with a letter of the alphabet.
Last week was A and this week is B, etc. As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to join in the fun – even though we’d be starting a little bit late. 26 weeks of alphabet-inspired writing and photos.
What should we focus on? We could do alphabet crafts, or alphabet art, or share ideas for learning the letters and sounds. But there are already a LOT of blogs out there sharing that kind of thing.
What if instead, we focused on an alphabet of Parenting. So, I came up with a list of Character Traits that my husband and I both value and want to teach our son. Here’s our list!
Every week for the next 25 Wednesdays, One Time Through will be featuring a post on each trait. Some of these traits we value more than others, some we have a really solid idea of how to teach, and some are really challenging us as parents.
I’m really excited about this project, and really encourage YOU to contribute your ideas and thoughts on each trait as we go on this alphabetic journey. I really think it will be fun to hear others’ approaches and ideas for teaching their kids these concepts.
So – without adieu – today’s trait is:
A for Adventurous!
Both my husband and I consider ourselves to be adventurous spirits! Not the hardcore, climbing Mount Everest adventurist types, but we are the kind of people who enjoy car-trip holidays and veering off from the main path to explore.
When Onetime was a small baby, my husband and I felt really restricted in how adventurous we could be. After all, how far can you drive with a baby who screams the whole way (I think Onetime used to get carsick when his seat faced backwards!)
So, we had to make due with smaller “adventures.” Trips to places in town and local parks became staple visits. And soon, as Onetime grew up into a toddler, I realized that to HIM, these mini-adventures were BIG and EXCITING! After all, isn’t that one of the things many of us love about being a parent – seeing experiences fresh through new eyes?
Some of our favourite mini-adventures over the last 2 1/2 years have been:
- The local Fire Station where Onetime got to “drive” a firetruck and spray a hose at a target! He wanted to play “Firefighter” daily for at least a month after that visit and still talks about it almost a year later!
* The small Airport just outside of town where you can bring a picnic and watch the Cesnas take off and land every few minutes in the summer. Did I mention that one of Onetime’s first sign language signs was Airplane? * The local Butterfly Museum where we could sweat it out with the tropical plants and butterflies while in the midst of the Canadian winter was a huge hit!
* The Fergus Scottish Highlands Festival where Onetime loved watching the Scottish hammer throw, hearing the bagpipes up close for the first time, and even got to try out some curling! * Just about any hike at a local trail or conservation area is a favourite experience. Looking for trail markers, and finding huge mushrooms, or talking snails, or a giant wasp nest. It seems we always find something exciting!
* And of course – the Fall Fair and Pumpkin Patch trips. Corn sensory bins with tractors, picking your own pumpkin and apples, and climbing the haystacks! What more could a kid want? * Sometimes our “adventures” are inside. A few costume pieces and an unusual prop and we’ve got a whole imaginary world of fun! * And sometimes, our adventures are just in our own backyard or local park. We had a great time collecting seeds a few weeks ago in the neighbourhood, and had a lot of fun on a Spring photo scavenger hunt too! There have been so many other great adventure ideas that I’ve gathered from friends that aren’t included here. I’ve put together a list of ideas for simple adventures that you can do with your toddler/preschooler (or older) child/children.
Think of it as a Simple Mini-Adventures “Bucket List.” You can download your copy here on our Free Printables page.
The great thing about all of these amazing mini-adventures is that we’ve barely needed to leave our town – and rarely spent much money. It seems that an attitude of excitement and exploration on our part is enough to generate excitement in our son.
The BEST part of teaching our son to be an Adventurous Spirit is to see his eyes light up when I tell him, “We’re going on a new adventure today!” (even if it’s just to a new grocery store!)
What have been your favourite adventures with your kids? Have you found any places that your child/children loved that were unexpected?
I would LOVE for you to share here in the comments!
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