Have you noticed that kids are grumpier when they have been sitting around playing electronics or watching TV? I sure have in my house! I have been observing my boys as they use their electronic time. When they are or have been spending time staring at a screen they are more irritable, and tend to get into more fights with each other or have a grumpy attitude.
I am NOT a fan of cranky kids! I know we all will have our moments or cranky/whiney-ness, but overall, I want to curb those grumpy tendencies in my children! We do try hard to keep electronic time balanced with active playtime both outside and indoors. And I don’t think that kids using electronics is a bad thing. In fact, I think it’s necessary. This is the world they live in and we will only have more electronics every year.
With all of that in mind, I decided to create a Smile Jar!
Silly faces and big smiles are my favorite!!! It doesn’t take much to get these crazy kids smiling and laughing, but I wanted to give them a fun new way to think of new silly games to get them laughing when the “grumpies” are around.
Using things we already had at home, (and most likely you do too!) we made the Smile Jar together.
- Jar (We used a glass mason jar)
- Construction paper
- Goldfish (Snack)
The boys love getting creative. The hardest part was taking turns decorating our smile jar!
We cut the paper into strips and thought of silly things we could do and wrote them on each strip.
- Have a funny face contest
- Do a silly dance
- Make up a song about Goldfish and silly faces
- Have a tickle fight
- Balance a Goldfish on your nose
- Walk funny around the house
- Run in the sprinklers while singing
- Talk like a pirate
- Tell a Joke
These are some of the ideas we came up with right away! We put each idea on a strip of paper and folded it and put it in the jar. Then we took turns pulling one out.
Of course, the whole time the kids were snacking on Goldfish! These boys love having a snack while being creative! I love that they are baked and there are no artificial colors in them. I can feel good about serving these smiling Goldfish crackers to my boys!
The first one we pulled was do a silly dance. I decided it was “Safer” to go outside and do our dances. Jimmy really broke it down.
The next one we pulled, ended up being a favorite! Balancing a Goldfish on your nose. I was rather impressed with their balancing skills.
I love these crazy boys! We had so much fun making our Smile Jar and I know I will be using it often to get them smiling and laughing. I may or may not have on purposely pulled the last one which was “Have a tickle fight.”
Our Smile Jar was a success! No more “grumpies” in my house!
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