Why does January always zoom by so fast? The kids have been back to school for only a week yet it’s already the middle of the month.
While I am still a bit unprepared when it comes to after-school planning, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have impromptu activities that still pack a good educational punch. When I’m unprepared or my plans go awry, and I feel that my kids need a wholesome hands-on activity (that is especially when they start getting restless after hours of playing with toys and each other in the basement, or when they have had too much screen time), I find that Montessori practical life activities are always the easiest, fastest to set up, and most satisfying to my children.
I mentioned a few months ago that we started using Yumbox for their school lunches. We absolutely love them. Why not give them a chance to prepare their own lunches?
Tortilla wraps are an easy meal to prepare. The boys get to choose their own ingredients and dressing. Cut up some fruits. And they’re pretty much done!
Don’t underestimate the length of time it will keep them occupied though. It took me about 5-10 minutes to lay all the ingredients out on the dining table (let them help of course!) and it took them a good 30-45 minutes preparing their lunches. That is a good chunk of hands-on, “work” time that gives them a deep and rooted sense of contentment in their spirits.
Working together as a family in the kitchen is always nourishing — not just for our tummies but for our souls. We don’t get to do this every day, especially when school is in session, however an easy-going Sunday presents a good opportunity for the kids to prepare their own lunches for school on Monday.