By not being able to go anywhere during the pandemic, I try to think of ways to keep my daughter entertained. I try to do at least one thing a month to make her time cooped up in the house moments to remember for a lifetime. I tried to think about what is something that she would like to do. The first thing that came to my mind was Blues Clues. She watched that show every day. I’d figured why not have her play out her favorite show. I put in for a personal day got up early and went got my creative juices working.
I got her crayons and her construction paper and started to create her book. I am by far not the most artistic person in the world but I thought why not give it a try? The next thing that I thought about doing was to find Blue’s paw print I searched the internet trying to find one that was noticeable but not too big I didn’t want it to be too obvious. Then I wanted there to be a goal of what to find. Since it was around Christmas time and we have been doing elf on a (whom she named Goodie) I said to myself why not have her find the elf today?
I believe I mentioned before that I wasn’t an artist. I put this on the nightstand and told her that we had to play Blue’s clues to find out where Goodie was, and she was so excited. When we went to the bathroom to brush our teeth, she looked over, and she couldn’t help but yell that she had found a clue. There it was on her bath letters that I hoped stayed up on the wall, and I was able to put a paw print on it. I was surprised that I remembered the songs, and I tried to be as silly as possible to make sure she was having fun.
We made sure we did the works, such as; mail time and jokingly talking to Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper. The second clue I knew was going to be tricky. I figured that I am basically telling a story about what is going on and how Goodie would be found. Which, at this point, she still didn’t know. I also had to make it lengthy and spread out like it was a regular day because I didn’t want her to find all the clues or Goodie all at once. It was going to be an all-morning affair. I put it on the tape dispenser to let her know or to at least give her an idea of where in a way she could look for and find her elf. None of my ideas cost anything I knew that didn’t matter to my daughter. I mean, after all, she is three years old. The only thing I did was guide her around the house and drew the clues in the book. I let her find everything on her own.
This had led the “investigation” to be moved to the living where we were casually sitting watching tv, and she happened to look at my computer, and that’s when she saw a clue. It was the last clue of the game, and it was bittersweet, to say the least. She was a little sad, but I let her know we still had to find out where Goodie went. So after drawing the next clue, we had to flip through the images, and I was able to coach her into saying, let’s check the kitchen. Once we got there, I told her we did it. We just figured out Blue’s clues! There was some more embarrassing dancing and singing that I am so happy no one was there but her and me to record.
The beauty of having young kids is they’re not that hard to please. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money either to entertain them. They will be happy doing just about anything as long as you’re showing them attention. To me, enjoying the little things makes being a kid all the more special.