What can you do on a rainy day? Bring the water inside of course!
Our son is a really creative kid. He usually has very elaborate imaginary games going on with his sister, all the creation of his imagination. Whether they're firefighters running around putting out the fires set by dragons in the yard, or they're superheros saving the world from coyotes, or they're hunters trying to shoot a big buck, C usually has something going on. B is starting to have that same creative imagination- she enjoys a good roll-around-and-pretend-you're-a-dog time too.
C loves to sit down and make crafts. He'll sit and work with his tongue out as he colors and works to make something for someone. It might be because he's older, or it might just be him.
Our daughter, on the other hand, loves sensory activities. When she is messy, or full of mud, or full of, well, anything, she is elated. You can often hear her squealing with glee as she runs through a puddle outside or works to water the flowers. Eating is a time for exploration, and the texture of foods is a playground. For B, touching and playing is where she is happiest!
So when I was trying to figure out what to do with the kids for our Creation Station time, I wanted to choose something that would keep both of them happy. I had some left over giant plastic eggs that had been gifted to the kids at Easter, and the teacher in me just couldn't throw them away (see- I knew I'd use them!). We used those as the base of our sailboat.
Then we got to work creating the sails. C got to sit down and be creative as he intricately designed his sail. B added a few scribbles of her own, but she was all ready for the next part.
We used hot glue to attach a popsicle stick to the egg base to serve as a mast, and then hot glued our sails onto our popsicle stick mast. The kids were so excited to get their boats in the water!
To start, the kids just blew the boats around for a while. That was exciting, but not exciting enough. So we added ice cubes! Holy buckets did this boost the engagement. The kids loaded and unloaded ice cubes into their boat, went fishing for ice cubes, and just enjoyed squeezing them and playing with them. They really sat and played with the water and ice cubes and their boats for 45 minutes! We agreed we'd like to do this again, maybe even next week, when the weather gets up to 75 here. For us Wisconsinites, that is summer weather, so we are so excited to see those temperatures!
What did you and your kids do on this rainy day?
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