If your kids are anything like mine, it can be a little difficult to wake up in the morning. I’ve tried lots of different things to get my son out of bed on time, but nothing really works. The only thing that seems to work is if I sit with him and play a game or read a book before he goes to school. Here are ten creative ideas that you can try at home that will make waking up easier for everyone.
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- Have your child wake up and immediately check the clock to be sure it’s morning. If it is, you can read him a story or sing a song or whatever you like. Most kids can’t seem to wait for their parents to get up and ready to wake them up. This way, they’re very excited when they hear the alarm go off.
- Before you go to bed, make sure your bed is made and put out fresh towels and washcloths for your kids to use. Once they’re in bed, make sure they have fresh linens for the next morning. This will make waking up for school even easier.
- What are some words that your kids love that they say over and over again? Once the clock hits 7:00 a.m. ask your child to pick a word. This can be anything: bubbles, Mommy, Daddy, apple, the dog’s name, their best friend’s name, etc.
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You can use Lego to make an image of a helicopter or rocket and stick it onto the wall.
Do a lap around the house and then build on top of it.
You can also make the road, trees, and buildings.
This is an awesome project for kids ages three to seven.
- Star Wars
Decorate a cereal bowl, cereal box, or any cereal box and put a toy together that has a moving part.
Sculpt clay into interesting shapes, then decorate them with different colors and use them as rewards.
Drive a toy tractor or a race car around and track how fast the child is going.
Make simple vehicles and track how fast they go around a track.
Make a game out of drawing a random picture.
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- Head on over to Amazon and order these adorable Chameleon dice, by Handisocial, that can be used as a drinking game or secret code. They have an 80% positive rating and over a thousand reviews on Amazon, so you know they’re a good deal. (And they’re adorable.)
- Write your own secret code to use in the mornings. I used to do this on a daily basis to wake up my son. Write your own secret code on a sheet of paper and hide it somewhere in the house. Your kids will find it eventually.
- Fold an empty roll of toilet paper into a shape and let your kids (or their friends) draw a face on it. Write a secret message on the back to make it a game.
- Cut a strip of wrapping paper into fours and let your kids use it like puzzle pieces. Let them put them together.
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One of the best ways to get your kids out of bed in the morning is to play a game. Whether you’re starting off their morning with a game of Simon Says, or if you’re starting a breakfast-friendly game of Chutes & Ladders, playing a game at breakfast time is a great way to get them out of bed and looking forward to school.
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Are you ready for some fun math challenges that will help to wake your kids up in the morning? In this Wake Up Yer Routine, Bill Gates and Lisa Hirshberg ask an all-star group of educators, celebrities, and parents to help them complete several math tasks with kids.
The Benefits of Waking Up Early.
In my opinion, nothing can get a kid up and going faster than hearing about how they get to see their friends or other exciting parts of their day. While many people think it is a terrible thing to wake a child before the first bell rings, I would argue it is a great way to get them up and ready to face the day. In addition to the perks mentioned above, waking kids up earlier also lets them get some much needed quality time with you, their parent. There is nothing that can improve your relationship with your kids more than making time for just the two of you.
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