“Mommy & Me Special Time”

Creating and making special memories with your child is very important, especially for your child’
s development. Special memories also help build a relationship with your child that will last a
lifetime. Moms often do not have the money they would like to spend to do things with their
children. With that in mind, I have put together activities I used to do with my son (who is now 17
and still remembers doing these activates with me). Some activities are also from when I did
babysitting at home.

Inexpensive Activities You Can Do With Your Child

Remember Air Hockey?

Some arcades still have Air Hockey Games, which are cheaper to play than the new video-
interactive games, but they do not have a time out. If you can find one, suggest that you can
score the most goals, and challenge your son or daughter to a game. If you have a young child,
make sure that you hit the puck so that stops before the goal line---this will allow your child to
successfully defend his goal and hit it back toward you. The game can go on for a very long time,
and you can have a lot of fun with “near misses” and “good saves” and “SCORE!” When my son
was an 8-year-old, I could make an air hockey game that cost 50 cents last for an hour. You are
probably thinking, “My child will want to play the other games, too!” I used to tell my son that after
we play Air Hockey that he could then play two games of his choice. This worked well and I could
get several hours of quality time with my son for under $5.00.

Shaving Cream can be Fun!

Get a bottle of shaving cream and spray shaving cream on the kitchen table or other smooth
surface (please test this first by putting a little shaving cream on a corner of the table to make
sure it will not discolour the furniture!). You and your child can draw in the foam or make a
snowman, etc., out of the foam for as long as the foam lasts. Be sure to wear clothes that can be
tossed in the laundry for a quick rinse! After the shaving cream starts to dissolve all you need to
do a wipe down the table for a quick clean up. I loved doing this because there is no real mess;
it leaves a pleasant smell in your home (and believe it or not does a great job cleaning your
furniture). Your child will also think it is so cool that you are allowing them to play with shaving
cream. It is almost as if you are letting them do something mischievous.

Supplies List:

Shaving Cream
Wet cloth to wipe up with
Paint Walk

Buy a roll of fax paper or any cheap paper you can find in a roll, and a container of washable
finger paint. Dress your child in painting clothes. Layout unfolded sheets of newspaper just to be
safe and then roll out a very long strip of paper (about 10 feet or more if you like) on top of the
newspaper. Place a baking pan with paint in it at one end of the roll of paper and a baking pan
with water in it at the other. Take off your child’s shoes. Your child can then step in the paint and
then the walk or dance on the paper ending by stepping in the water that the end of the roll of
paper. Dry their feet. Tape the paper on the wall and allow to dry. These footprints are also great
Christmas gifts for Grandparents. I used to do this at Christmas with the children for whom I
babysat or in a day care centre where I worked so the children could give them to their parents
for a Christmas present. The children were so amazed I let them step in paint that they behaved
very well. This fun activity works best on a hard floor surface.

Supplies needed:

A roll of fax paper or any type of cheap paper on a roll.
Washable finger-paint, any colour.
Old clothes for your child to wear.
Tape to use to hang the paper to dry
Painting Sheets

When the weather is nice go to garage sales and buy a cheap white sheet that fits your child’s
bed. (New sheet or coloured sheets will work, just that garage sale sheets are cheaper.) Wash
sheet and then hang on the line. At a craft store buy paint that will NOT wash out and is non-
toxic. Dress your child in painting clothes. Give your child a paintbrush and allow him or her to
paint on the sheet freely. After the sheet has dried, rewash and dry it. The child will love having
sheets they painted themselves to sleep on at night. And Mom, you can paint, too! Years from
now your child will remember the day he or she painted sheets with Mommy (and here’s a
sentimental idea: save the painted sheets for when your child has his or her first child, include
the painted sheet in a shower gift for the mother-to-be!)

A few tips:

Do not allow the child to paint heavily on the sheet or it will be scratchy after it is washed.  When
rewashing the sheet let them soak in fabric softener to help soften the sheet.   

Different uses for the painted sheets:

If you do not like the idea of the child sleeping on a painted sheet, you can hang the sheet over a
table for a playhouse. Mark on the sheet what each side of the sheet will be in terms of front,
back, side, side, and top. Then lay the sheet out and let the child paint doors, windows,
flowerbeds, etc., to make a playhouse cover (or a fort, or fire station, or barn, or a fairy princess
castle). Then when the child wants a playhouse simply set up the table and cover with the sheet.
Remember it does not matter if the flowers look like flowers. All that matters is what the child
sees flowers where the glob of paint is.

Supplies needed:

Sheet to fit your child’s bed or over table depending on how you choose to use it.
Paint that will NOT wash out and is non-toxic.
Paint brush.

There is always the lost art of hopscotch! With some simple sidewalk chalk you can spend the
day at a park or at home teaching your child the fun of a hop, skip, and a jump. But watch out
because one day when I did this in front of the apartments I lived in and half the Mothers on my
street ended up playing—we all giggled like little girls and WE ended up having fun, too!

Supplies needed:  

Sidewalk chalk and a sidewalk to hop and have fun on.

Writing by Kimberly Hargis. Owner of Mom's Break

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