What’s In The Box?

by Destri on April 28, 2010

Is it rough?  Maybe a little spiky?  No?  Oh, it’s bumpy!  What is it?

This is the perfect game for rainy days, road trips, or just plain keeping them busy.  It works great because if I am cooking, answering a quick email, or even sewing all I have to do is reach my hand in and guess what he has found.  It keeps him happy when I need to get something done, without turning on the TV.

All you need is an empty tissue box or even an empty garbage sack box works great.

My boy literally runs all around the house trying to find different treasures, when he has found one he is certain I wouldn’t guess, he runs in all excited “Okay mama, what is it!?”  While I feel I try to use adjectives like bumpy, smooth, rough, spiky, fuzzy, round, square and then when it is his turn to guess I find he tries to use the same.

What do you do on rainy days?  We are having one of those today, and I have two little sad faces peering out the window.  Just picturing it makes you want to leave me suggestion huh?  Please do, links welcome!

If you are short on inspiration read over this list, it has some great ideas to keep the tikes happy!

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Jileen April 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

We had some really rainy days here in Texas for a while. I read somewhere to do Rain Art. All you do is have the kids color a picture with washable markers. Make it as colorful as possible and “filled in” as possible. Then put it out in the rain (not for too long because then all the color just gets washed off – yes we made that mistake and had lots of frowns). The rain dots the colors and blends them a little. Bring it back in, let dry, and then hang up for everyone to admire. :)

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Destri April 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

That is perfect! Thanks Jileen, I knew I could count on you!

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Joseph Nally April 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

We build an inside ‘house’ out of blankets, pillows and heavy toys/books.

Basically use the living room furniture as the backbone for an intricate ‘house’ with rooms and hallways made out of everyday furniture stuff. Then if the rain really doesn’t let up, we might do lunch in that ‘house.’ We’ve even slumber partied in one!

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Tina April 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Putting on my clinical hat to “ooo” and “ahhh”. That’s awesome! Sensory play is so very important and not much used. When my tot was really little I had a box of things to describe with sensory words. In my former office, I had each item tacked to the wall….
Rainy day activities? We get out a lot and go to museums. But staying at home? We get out in it! Put on all our rain gear and our “puddle jumpin’ boots” and go. We jump and splash and look for worms. Then we come inside and get dry and cozy together.
Plus…there are a million things to do with cottonballs! LOL!
:)

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Jileen April 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I want to come play at your house!

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Tina April 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Sure! Bring your puddle jumpin boots!

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