Celebrate today's birthday of A.A. Milne, author of the children's classics Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. We think the late English author would have approved of these gentle games for kids of all ages.
To play the classic game of Pooh Sticks (made famous by Winnie the Pooh and his friends in Milne's books) you need to locate a small brook or stream in your neighborhood, preferably with a bridge crossing it. Each player finds a small, distinct tree branch and stands on one side of the bridge, then drops or throws the branch into the flowing water. Run to the other side of the bridge and try to spot your branch as it floats by on the current. If there is no bridge, you can toss the branch into the water and watch it float past a designated "finish" landmark.
Play Pooh Drops on the next rainy day. Gather by a window that is being pelted by raindrops. Everyone selects one raindrop near the top of the window, then watches carefully to see whose raindrop is the first to reach the bottom of the window. This is also a great car game!
Take that game outside and play Pooh River. Find a sloping path or driveway and give each child a cup of water. At a signal, each child pours the water out of the cup and watches to see whose water reaches the bottom first.