There is nothing like a fresh start, a blank page, or the first month in a whole new year. It doesn’t have to take a major moment to feel that fresh-start energy, you can create it even in the midst of schedules and routine with simple new activities and stories the whole family can take part in and enjoy.
One great way to hit restart is with an activity break. Get the whole family moving and grooving with the “Moving Our Bodies” series from Sesame Street in Communities. Together, you can choose to explore the benefits of a dance party with Elmo, try animal yoga, or practice breathing, balance, and bending for calm bodies. We particularly love the workout with Grover. First, follow along and then create your own exercise routine and record it. It gets everyone up and encourages creativity, plus you can watch and mimic it later when you need another break!
Are you ready to refresh your home library? The good news is that even though San Bernardino County Libraries indoor services are currently closed, they still offer “Library To Go” services. If you are already a card holder, you can pick up library materials and grab and go program kits. If you are not a current member, you can register for a digital library card. The card will give you free access to their online databases and downloadable e-content like the extensive “overdrive for kids.” You can also tune into one of their virtual story times, find the times here, and join the weekly Little Artists series on Facebook for children 5 and under. To start, check out their previous craft and learn how to make a Cheshire Cat Smile. You can find them on Facebook @SbCountyLibrary for the most up to date information and opportunities.
Trying a new food or cooking together is always a fun way to shake up routine! For recipe inspiration, First 5 California presents the “Fast, Fresh and Fun” family cookbook. One recipe we think is good anytime is the banana milkshake. To make it, you’ll need:
- 1 ½ cups milk of your choice
- 15 fresh strawberries or ¾ cups frozen
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled and cut
Now, throw it all in the blender and mix until smooth. Split it between multiple glasses and enjoy the refreshing treat!
Download your own copy of the cookbook here.
Here’s to a new year of trying new things!