There is a game I play with our younger kids that they absolutely love. We call it "making pizza".
I start out by laying the child (i.e. pizza dough) across my lap, and then "kneading" the dough (their back) for a couple of minutes.
Next comes the sauce - I simply rub their back with my flat palms. It's tricky to strike a balance between being gentle and relaxing without tickling the child.
After the sauce is rubbed nicely all over the dough, I sprinkle on some cheese by tapping my fingertips quickly all over the child's back. This is usually one of the more ticklish parts.
For the toppings, I ask them what they want on their pizza, and then make up random movements that somehow relate to that topping. For example, for pepperoni slices, I stamp the heel of my fist on their back.
Of course, the pizza needs to be baked. To do that, I quickly and vigorously rub the palms of my hands together for a few seconds, and then place my hot hands on the child's back. This is one of their favorite parts of the whole process.
|Becky is chatting on the phone with her Dad while enjoying a massage from Mom. Rough life!|
When the pizza has been sufficiently baked, I use the knuckle on my index finger to cut the pizza into slices. Another very ticklish part, but since the massage is over at this point, getting them going again is not a bad thing. By this time, there are usually several siblings standing around waiting for their turn, who are very eager to playfully start "biting" into the freshly baked pizza.
Just thought I'd share this quick, easy, and fun bedtime activity that others may enjoy with their children.
Photo credits: Isaac. He was very eager, and tried really hard.
Also, I usually wear a wedding ring, but can't find mine any more since I took it off for sanitary reasons while forming 48 hamburger patties for the church picnic last week. I'm afraid it might have gotten knocked off the counter, and then accidentally swept up and thrown out. I really hope that's not the case. :(