Do your kids ever go into Paradise Paralysis?

Like mine this morning!

It’s a perfect summer day with dozens of options all around.

Yet some inexplicable malaise of grumpy-bumpy inertia takes hold right at breakfast time.

One of my most dependable save-the-day summertime hacks is to simply, oh so simply, lay out a blanket.

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It must be pure magic because at once the gentle nestling begins.

They Gather.

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Optional add-ons:

Pillows.

Toy box.

Picnic basket

(full of toys or snacks).

A tray of new elements for play.

Random pieces of furniture.

(Favorite trick: UPSIDE DOWN FURNITURE FOR PLAYSCAPES!)

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We sink sumptuously into the half-shade, half-sun perfection for a couple of hours.

The Play is highest quality immersion; contentment factor high.

A picnic blanket is a home away from home.

Even when it’s just a couple metres from home.

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Copy of a picnic blanket is

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