I wish I was an affiliate for The Daily Vroom, but I am not.
I am not getting paid to endorse this amazing resource, but it is my new favorite resource out there.
I have been using it every day, and only modifying it SLIGHTLY.
The Daily Vroom app allows you to input your children’s names and ages so that an age-appropriate activity idea pops up on your phone each day; one for each child.
These activities are almost always something that you can do right that moment, or will be a great back pocket idea for later use that day.
You can pick your own if you are out an about: at the park, at an appointment, etc.
You can scan ideas in each category for clean up time, snack time, bath time, etc.
My kids and I played the whisper game in the waiting room at the doctor, played a guessing humming game while waiting at an appointment, and played the “guess the family member” game while riding to church last Sunday morning thanks to the app notifications.
I am SO glad that my sister mentioned this app to me. I love how simple it is.
Go download it onto your phone (FREE) and check it every day.
Make each day count!
My first thought was, I’m going to be so sad if my kids don’t like it.
So, before I popped it in my CD player, I said “Guess what?!? This was mommy’s favorite music when I was a kid, and now we can learn the songs and listen to it together!”
Then I skipped right to my two favorite songs as a kid: “God loves a Cheerful Giver” and “Encourage One Another.”
At first, my kids ONLY wanted to listen to those songs for the first day or two, but then as the songs played without them noticing, they eventually fell in love with ALL of the songs.
This CD has been a GREAT teaching tool because when my little girl is afraid of “sharks” and “alligators” at night, we sing “When I am afraid, I will trust in HIM.”
Or, when they are complaining, I sing “Do everything without complaining.”
It is a great way to introduce and memorize Scripture naturally and regularly which is my favorite way to do things.
My kids are under 5 so it is really appropriate for them, but I remember liking this CD as a 10 year old child. I can’t promise that your kids will love it because I know Kid’s bop and Disney music are kid favorites these days, but it is worth a try because the content it priceless.
I also gave my niece the idea to make these with her school colors for spirit week so it is a great gift for older kids as well! It’s a modern lemonade-stand-idea for all those little entrepreneurs out there.
You can make these for your kids or “Pin” for a future gift idea, but either way this is our new favorite dancing accessory so it’s worth sharing! 🙂
This week, I re-discovered and had nearly forgotten about “Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.”
Sean Patrick is only 3 1/2 but we watched “The Mayflower Voyagers” and discussed the entire movie while it was on. This movie is perfect and appropriate for young kids, but it is meaningful for all ages.
By pointing out all of the details, he stayed engaged and interested.
I said things like “OOhhh look! A map! Do you see the land and the water?” (I paused the movie for a second to point these out).
And then, “Oooh a ship! That ship has a special name called the Mayflower. It is going to take the Pilgrims to America. Would you want to ride on that ship?”
You get the point.
I talk to him a lot during the movie and he really enjoys the commentary, though I know most of you would go NUTS if someone talked the whole way through a movie haha; I understand.
But, for little ones… the dialogue helps them to process what is going on and helps them to put all the pieces together.
Discussing the details also helps children store the information for better memory recall, and helps children to get a better grasp on story elements like setting, plot, characters, major events, and all the underlying details that build comprehension.
This specific movie is currently on Netflix, which is great because (unless you check this out at your local library or find it at a grocery store) it is not too affordable online.