10 May 2011

preschool project / five rainy day activities




yesterday it snowed. insert groan here. i will not bore you with my personal beliefs that it should never snow in the month of may, but i will tell you that we pulled out all the rainy day activities i could think of. including a bubble bath with plastic cups of all sizes. practicing pouring has never been so fun or time consuming. benji is also big on giving himself a bubble beard like santa. two year olds make me laugh.

here are a few activities that kept us entertained all afternoon.

alphabet fishing / grab a magnetic fishing rod (or make one with a stick, string and magnet) and pour your alphabet magnets (or make your own letters and attach paperclips) into a container. fish for magnetic letters and numbers too, naming them one by one and pointing out their colors too. then line up your catches into the proper alphabet order. 

bean bag quilt toss / spread out a colorful patchwork quilt or an i-spy quilt (we use a blanket with numbers on it) and toss a small beanbag (or hacky sack) onto it. name the item, number or color it landed on and discuss its shape and size.

suitcase relays / our empty suitcase is still out from unpacking from our trip. benji loves rolling it around and parking it in different rooms. yesterday he filled it up with stuffed animals and gave them rides. the zippers, clips and wheels provide instant entertainment.

silly facial feature sticker play / this activity came up as a happy accident. we were playing with a sticker book and benji put a little sticker on his nose. then he wanted to put stickers on his ears, cheeks, forehead and chin. he continued to doll me up as well. we discussed our facial features while embellishing with stickers. we brought out a mirror which added to the fun.

readathon / we piled up the pillows and read stories together. a bowl of pretzels made it feel like a cozy party for two.

7 comments:

Hil said...

You are the cutest mom ever. Love the ideas!

Lizzie - The Dancing Toad Blog said...

How fun! Thanks for these!

Miranda said...

It started snowing just as I had gotten Z into the new stroller to go for a walk. We went anyway. I must have looked like one cranky mama power walking around the block pushing the stroller and leading the dog but Z and I have had it with indoor/rainy day games. HAD IT!

I admire your ingenuity. :)

Nessa said...

Snow!! I agree with your beliefs... no snow in May. We have had rain, rain and more rain. These are keepers. Thanks Marta.

Christina said...

I always love the little peeks into your days with Benji. Fun things for your dynamic duo!

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Love all these ideas, Marta! Thanks for sharing. We've got heavy rain in the forecast for tomorrow, so they'll come in handy!

Abby said...

I love these ideas and love the preschool project. I think the will it float idea is great - I can't wait to try it out.

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