There’s no denying that winter is upon us and my Southern Hemisphere blood just hasn’t become accustomed to these cold winters – even 13 years later! – so trips to the park and walks on the beach are kept for special occasions rather than lazy days! Of course the young ones still want something to do with their time, so I like to have a collection of board games on hand to keep them busy on rainy, cold days. The latest addition to our board game repertoire is Googly Eyes from University Games.
We’re fans of subscriptions here – from boxes to magazines, we love getting mail. Recently I was offered a Sassy Kids Box to try, and since it was almost Aviya’s birthday we decided to get a box for her.
Part of the Sassy Bloom product, the initial Sassy Kids Box is a little different to other boxes we’ve had in the past as it’s aim wasn’t crafting, but activity, which I thought was quite a unique spin. I’m not sure if future boxes will look the same though – watch this space!
It’s been a rainy day here on the Isle of Wight, and we’ve been spoiled by some of the good weather we’ve had recently. With the children up from before 6 this morning, we’d already had a fairy tea party and watched a movie by 11am and I didn’t feel I had the strength to keep them indoors all day. Instead we pulled on the wellies and rain gear and went painting in the rain.
We took a variety of paints and materials: we took paper, watercolour paint, poster paint and chalks as well as paintbrushes and cotton wool.
It was a fun, if soggy experiment and the girls had a fantastic time:
Painting with watercolours
We fished the watercolour discs out of the box, and used them without brushes, just moving them around on the paper with our hands – then with brushes too.
Painting with poster paints
Blobs of poster paints spread over the paper using cotton wool and brushes – it was a great lesson for the girls in being gentle, since the wet paper easily tears. We also added blobs of paint, then stuck the pictures to the wall, letting the paint run down in a free-style of patterns.
Painting with chalks
The wet chalks didn’t transfer too well on to wet paper, so we decided to change the canvas to the floor, where I drew pictures for the girls to colour in.
And finally, playing in the rain, drawing on the floors? You have to include a bit of hopscotch.
This is a great way for little ones to learn shapes too, as I had my 3 year old call out the names of the shapes she was standing in. Adjust the ‘tasks’ to their ages – so my 5 year old was counting jumps, how many sides each shape has and so on. And in the end, just let them have fun, jump, and play, burn off energy and enjoy the fact that the rain this time of year isn’t entirely freezing!
Try different paints and see how they react in the water!
My little girl, Ameli, is a serious live wire. We have to go out every day or do something to entertain her. She gets really frustrated and shrieks a lot if we don’t. At eleven months she’s still a little too young for most of the crafts in my box, but on a recent rainy day I decided to see what we could do with her. The results were almost as rewarding as the doing, she absolutely loved making soft drink rice rattles. Yes, you read that right!
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