Thursday, September 24, 2009

"It's Raining, It's Pouring" Now what am I going to do with the kids today?

So as many of you moms right now, I was sitting at home yesterday listening to rain come down and thinking," What am I going to do today?" With all this rain lately we haven't been able to get out and play. I am thankful however that in the evenings we have had a break in the weather and have been taking evening walks.

Here are a few ideas:
  1. Turn your living room into a giant fort. Go ahead, grab blankets and toss them over the couch and chairs.
  2. Arts and Crafts: take anything that you have in the house that can be a kid projects. Lunch bags can keep them entertained with some ribbons and thread. Or macaroni glued on paper plates. Let them express themselves.
  3. Play red light Green Light. Yes, from your childhood. You can play this indoors. Start down a hallway!
  4. Board Games, for the older one!
  5. Hide and Seek. You count and they hide!
  6. Have a Treasure Hunt: Hide something and draw a map
  7. I Spy, You can start out and have them finish up. There are plenty of things in the house that will keep them guessing.
  8. Baking, Let them help you bake a nice treat. They will love to help out and enjoy eating their creations, go even more and let them decorate.
  9. Have a talent show.
  10. Enjoy a Fashion Show. Grab a camera and take shots, let them pose and you take pictures, later you can download them and have a nice keepsake.( for the girls, more then likely)
  11. If you are feeling really lazy and don't want to do anything-then grab a cute movie and watch it with the kids.
  12. Read- We have started reading a book series lately with Ethan and he doesn't want us to put the book down. This is great to get kids interested in reading!! 
Here are some game ideas:

Edible Jewelry:
This one you might want to have your older kids do, unless you keep an eye on your little one. Get a piece of string and have them make a necklace or bracelet out of cheerios or even candy. If your kids are going to wear the bracelet or necklace, you might want to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get choked while wearing it.
Finger Painting Fun:
Pick up some non-toxic, completely child-proof finger paint and some paper at your local superstore. Put a big shirt on your kid as to not make a mess, lay some plastic down on the floor, and give them the paper and paints. All you have to do is sit back and relax as their fun unravels.
Indoor Bowling:
Get some empty water bottles and set them up like bowling pins in your hallway, living room, anywhere really. Then get a ball, preferably rubber or those soft balls, and have them try to knock all of the pins down. Gus and I did this the other night with Ethan and we used his table legs (that come of those short plastic tables) and we had a blast.

Hopefully these fun things for the kids will keep them entertained and having fun. Not to mention you will be able to finally relax.

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