Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rainy day: indoor activities

Children's Month Summer Activities Day 2!
To view day 1 (Rainy day: water & mud) click here.
Remember we want to hear all of your ideas. So submit them by emailing me at doodlesanddoilies(at)gmail(dot)com.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Day by Judith Viorst
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland
Froggy series by Jonathan London
Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Miss Nelson is Missing! by Allard, Harry and James Marshall
No, David! by David Shannon
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Little Women by Louise May Alcott
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Dr. Seuss books
Are You My Mother? by Phillip D. Eastman
Arthur series by Marc Tollon Brown
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Clifford, The Big Red Dog series by Norman Bridwell
Charolette's Web by E. B. White
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Stuart Little by E. B. White

*5 Minute Chocolate Cake:
4 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
3 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp oil
splash of vanilla
3 Tbsp chocolate chips (or as many as you want)
In a large coffee mug or soup mug, combine flour sugar and cocoa. Stir well. Add milk, oil and vanilla. Stir well. Add chocolate chips. Microwave for 3 minutes.

*Deluxe Mac & Cheese
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 cup (8oz) sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 tsp salt
garlic salt & pepper to taste
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 package (7 0z) elbow macaroni, cooked & drained
paprika, optional
Cook your macaroni. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, salt, garlic salt and pepper. Add cheddar cheese; mix well. Add cooked macaroni and stir until coated. Transfer into a greased 2 1/2 qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25-30 (or until heated through). Sprinkle with paprika if desired. Makes 8-10 servings.

*Decorate your room with pom poms: see my tutorial here

*Rain swirl art: This idea comes from Moms and Me (M&M Club). Using washable marker or paint...draw a picture. Take the picture outside into rain. The kids love watching the raindrops swirl and and spread the colors.

*Hide and seek: everyone hides but the seeker hides. Seeker counts to 100 or 20 if they are younger. Find everyone. Last person found is the new seeker. OR you can have one person hide and everyone else is the seeker. When you find the person you hid with them. The last person to find the group is the new hidder.

*Swimming: Swim in the bathtub. Put on your swimming suit. Add some floaties, scuba gear, goggles, plastic fish, plastic boats, etc.

*Camping: Set up the tent inside. Get your sleeping bags and flash lights/lanters. Pull out some games, and whatever else you like to do while camping (as long as it can be done indoors). For dinner you can have dutch oven (chicken & potatoes with cobbler for dessert)!

*Learn a new hobby: paint, draw, sew, write a story, crochet (crochet washcloth, crochet potholder), knit, build, collect something, sing, act, juggle, learn magic tricks, photography, make a movie, make jewelry, cook, indoor gardening, read, etc.

*Build a fort: have a tea party, read books, tell stories, have a slumber party, make it an army fort. Check out Saltwater Kids to see how they made super cheap, super cute fort kits.

*Put on a play: make the stage (to see how to make a wood stage click here, to see how to make a cardboard stage click here), make the puppet, write the script, and put on the play

**Clean coins: you will need an old toothbrush, water, soap, coins, bowl & a dishcloth/papertowel)

**Paper clip jewelry: link paper clips to make necklaces, rings, bracelets, crowns, etc.

*Lacing cards: To make them you will need: heavy cardboard or cardstock, picture, glue, scissors, hole punch, yarn/shoelace, tape if you choose yarn. Glue your picture onto the cardboard or cardstock (or print in onto the cardstock). Cut out the shape you want. Laminate the cardstock. Punch holes around your picture. Pull the yarn (with tape wrapped around the ends) or shoe lace through the holes in the picture.

**Bean bag toss: To make a bean bag you will need 4x6 pieces of scrap material, dry beans, ziploc bag, needle & thread. Fill your ziploc bag with the beans. Sew three sides of your 4x6 scrap material. But bean filled ziploc bag into your material pouch. Sew the remaining side. Toss your bean bags into a laudry basket, large bowl, or a wood board with large holes in it.

*Games: play board games or card games.

*Hotter/colder: hide several (or one) household items or people around the house. Encourage the child to find the person/object(s) by saying "hotter" when the get closer to the object & saying "colder" when they are getting further away from the object.

*Minute to win it: Have you ever seen the tv show Minute to Win It. If you have then you know how much fun this will be. If not look it up on youtube or hulu. There are lots of different challenges with lots of ordinary household items. Let the contest begin!

*Make a puzzle piece picture frame: see my tutorial here

*Make picture magnets: see my tutorial here

*Tie dye: see my tutorial here*Play city: Place a large piece of plastic or newspaper on the ground. Put an old white sheet on top. Draw a map of your city using no washable or material markers. Include roads, stop signs, stop lights, cross walks, schools, houses, your fire department, your police department, grocery store, resturantes, shopping stores, parks, etc. Using toy cars & trucks drive around your new city. Help your children learn where they live. If you want, you can just draw the roads. Use cardboard milk cartons to build the buildings.

**Roly poly toys: you will need plastic Easter eggs, plaster of paris, super glue or hot glue gun, and a permant marker. Fill the bottom half of the Easter egg with plaster of paris (follow instructions on container). Let it dry. Glue the egg together. Draw a face on the egg.

**Personal puzzle: you will need old magazines or greeting cards (and if you want a large picture of your child or family), scissors, glue and cardboard. Help your child cut out pictures from a magazine or greeting card (or use their picture or family picture). Glue it onto the cardboard. Let it dry. Let your child cut their own pieces to their puzzle.

**Shadow silhoutte: Tape a piece of contruction paper to the wall. Have your child stand sideways against the wall infront of the paper(to get their profile). Shine a bright lamp or flash light on him/her. Trace their profile. Cut it out. Frame it and hang it in their room or put it into a scrapbook. Let them trace your profile.

*Flannel board: To see how to make a flannel board go here. I have even used carpeted stairs or a flannel blanket draped over the couch. To make your own flannel board pieces you will need felt, pictures (from a magazine, coloring book, family photos, etc.), coloring tools, glue and scissors. Color your pictures if you need to, cut out your pictures, glue them onto the felt, let them dry & cut out the felt.

*Homemade picture book: you will need magazines, family pictures, printed out pictures or coloring book pictures and coloring tools, sheet protectors, thin binder. I made a Brown Bear, Brown Bear type store with different colors of flowers. I printed out my pictures, put them into the sheet protectors and put the protectors into the binder. I also add the words to the stories (mainly to help with to know what picture the children were looking at).

*Ooblick: mix water and cornstarch together. The mixture should be "melt" in your hands, but become firm when you try to play with it. Add more cornstarch if the mixture is to runny. Add more water if the mixture is to dry. Add food coloring for fun. Make a few different batches, each a different color. Try mixing the different colors of ooblick. How long does it take?

**Silly putty: In a small mixing bowl combine two parts white glue to 1 part liquid starch and mix well. Let it dry until the putty is workable. You may need to add a little more glue or liquid starch. Store in an air tight container.

*Slime: check out a recipe here.

*Origami: Learn how to here.

*Toothpicks & glue: using toothpicks and wood glue make a bridge, building, park bench, car, etc.

**Playdough recipes:
Uncooked play dough:
1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
tempera paint or food coloring
3 cups flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
Mix the water, salt, oil, and paint/food coloring (enough to make a bright color). Then gradually add the flour and cornstarch until the mixture is the consistency of bread dough.

Salt Playdough:
1 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup flour
Combine all the ingredients in the saucepan. Mix and cook over medium heat until th mixture is thick and rubbery. Remove from heat. As the mixture cools, knead in more flour to make the dough workable.

Peanut Butter Playdough:
18 oz peanut butter
6 Tbsp honey
Nonfat dry milk
Cocoa (if desired)
Edible treats for decorations
Combine peanut butter, honey and enough dry milk to make a bread dough consistency. Add cocoa (if desired). Play with the dough using edible treats.

Kool-Aid Playdough:
1/2 cup salt
2 cups water
Kool-Aid for color
2 Tbsp salad oil
2 cups sifted flour
2 Tbsp alum
In the saucepan, combine salt and water. Bring to a boil until the salt dissolves. Remove from heat and add Kool-aid for color (don't need the entire package). Add salad oil, flour and alum. Knead until smooth. This dough will last two months or longer.

These activities are for different ages. Please choose age appropriate activites for your children.

**Ideas taken from The Preschoolers Busy Book by Trish Kuffner

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