Hurricane Irene is keeping us all indoors, but that doesn’t mean our kids have to be bored; here are some ideas to keep them active and creative:
1. Put on a show. Read a favorite book out loud and have the kids act out scenes from it. For small ones a good example is “Five Little Ducks” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. For older, the Disney princess stories, fairy tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and classics such as “The Little Engine That Could” are good examples. The kids can use stuffed animals, costumes, toys (such as trains) and any other props.
2. Take a Balloon Bath. Put the kids in the bathtub, as if they’re taking a regular bath. Add a bunch of water balloons and let the fun begin.
3. Pretend Birthday Party. Celebrate a birthday party for a favorite stuffed animal, complete with pretend cake, games and songs.
4. Get Crafty With Bubble Wrap. Use bubble wrap to create unique designs: have the kids paint a small (2″ by 2″) piece of bubble wrap – the part with the bubbles up). They can use different color paints on it. Then they flip them over and put on a sheet of paper to create really neat designs. (You can also cut the bubble wrap into shapes: circles, squares, hearts, diamonds, flowers, cars, etc.)
5. Have a Musical Parade. Make a parade that involves you and the kid(s) walking around the house playing instruments and singing. For example, you can lead the way and play a tambourine, your four-year-old can play a drum and your two-year-old can play the maracas. Some great songs are: “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Feel free to add your own, according to the child’s ability, such as “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”, “ABC’s”, “Old MacDonald”, etc.
6. Have a Parade With Toy Vehicles. Using different types of vehicles – cars, trains, trucks – have a parade across the floor (my kids usually take the parade to the kitchen).