Rainy Day Activities

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Rainy Day Activities
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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 12:56pm

It's raining here today. A rare occurrence in California lately. It got me thinking that it would be a good idea to share ideas of things our 4 or 5 year old can do inside during bad weather. Things beside reading or watching tv. Different things for different moods and how long they are stuck in doors. Things that can keep both of us sane during bad weather and can hopefully use up some of their limitless energy.

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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 7:52pm

Fun idea! I'm not terribly creative, so my kids will love any new suggestions.

One thing my kids (all ages) like is when we tape several long strips of packing tape upside down on the floor (or tape some contact paper upside down on the floor). It's fun to walk on or even just stick your hands on. If the tape is too sticky, you can alternate a strip of tape upside down, right side up, etc., so it's not such a big stretch of stickiness.

They also like when I empty a can of shaving cream into the bathtub and let them play in it (can get slippery, tho').

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Mon, 02-09-2009 - 1:05pm

Both my kids would love doing that.

The preschool my kids went to would let the kids go to town "finger paiting" with shaving cream once a month. Apparently it helped clean the tables.

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Mon, 02-09-2009 - 1:07pm
We ended up getting out some wooden beads and made necklaces. Lindsay insisted that her 9 yo brother make one so he made one with a butterfly bead for her. She thought he was making it for himself and was surprised when he gave it to her later that day.

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Tue, 02-10-2009 - 1:51pm

I stole this from a post on the 8/9 you board. I thought these two suggestions would work for the younger kids as well.

Here's an active indoor game you can play with your children. What games do you play with your children?

http://blogs.momtourage.com/advice/2008/08/we-live-in-an-apartment-i-have.php
THE QUESTION :

We live in an apartment. I have three girls, ages 6, 8 and 9. Some days, the prospect of getting all of us to the local park is too much. What activities can we do in the house to burn off steam and stay fit? Myself included!

THE ANSWER:

There’s a West African jumping game that’s as popular there as hopscotch is here. It’s a little like Rock Paper Scissors. You face your partner, jump up six times, landing on both feet each time. On the sixth jump, you land on both feet, but put either your right or left foot forward. One partner wins if both of you land on the same foot (both right or both left), while the other partner wins if you each land on different feet. It’s not only good exercise, but it also gets each person thinking about what the other one will do. For example, “I noticed that he put his left foot forward for two tries, then the right. Maybe he'll do that again.”

Another fun indoor game is beanbag hockey. Both players play on their hands and knees, with their knees about a shoulder's width apart. Get a beanbag, approximately four-by-four inches, and slide it back and forth on the floor, as in air hockey. You try to block the beanbag with your hands. If it hits your knees or goes between them, it’s a goal. To make the game even more vigorous, you can play it in a push-up position—you lift one hand to block the beanbag. That really builds upper-body strength.

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 1:49pm

I had no idea that the shaving cream helped clean! Maybe I should squirt it on more surfaces for my kids play in, huh?! That would be the only way they'd happily clean anyway.

I really like your other activity suggestions, too, especially the one where you jumped around and used up energy (rock,paper, scissors but with using your right/left leg)! I can see my kids having a blast with that.