Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What to do Wednesday? Indoor Activities with the Kids

Where we are in PA, there is currently a massive heat wave going on. I myself do not want my kids outside for the fear that they will actually get too hot. How about a few activities to do indoors? You can do them all in one day or spread them out over 6 days. I found these activities in the March 2010 issue of Parenting magazine. They were in the March issue, mind you, so the actual article is written for St. Patrick's Day, but I will try my best to change it around to make it 6 days of fun anytime!

Search for Treasure: On pieces of paper, write clues-"Turn left at the rocking chair" or "Take 5 steps past the refrigerator"-have a prize handy for when the treasure is found!

Play in the Sand: Make an indoor sandbox by emptying a large box of oatmeal into a plastic dishpan. Toss in spoons, cups and toy cars.

Get Lucky: Have your child find a stone in the yard or at the playground that fits perfectly in your hand, then let her paint it. Ask her to carry the "charm" in her pocket, and tell her that every time she squeezes it, it will get luckier.

Taste the Rainbow: Buy several packs of Skittles or Life Savers and ask your child to separate them according to color. Then glue the candies onto poster board to make a rainbow.

Be Cheery, not Dreary: Prepare for spring showers (or humid summer rain); buy cheap, solid-color umbrellas and have your kids decorate the outsides with fabric paint. Let dry to 24 hours before closing or taking them out in the rain.

Eat Dirt: Scoop some chocolate pudding into mugs with crushed Oreo cookies or graham crackers. Tell your gardeners to mix them together to make "mud." Then stir in a good helping of gummy worms and "plant" a lollipop flower.

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