We Don’t Need The Cat In The Hat
My kids need to run. None of them has stopped moving since learning to roll over. They skipped walking and went directly to running. They must have constant access to wiggling opportunities.
It’s been pouring for 2 days, and the forecast is for several more days of rain. I’ve received emails stating that all of my children’s usual weekend “burn off pent up energy from sitting in classrooms all week” activities are rained out.
No problem. Experience has taught me there are plenty of indoor games my littles can play to stimulate their bodies and to occupy their minds on this cold, cold, wet day. And, they won’t even need The Cat In The Hat to show up.
Fun games like:
Being Spiderman – participants literally scale the walls and hide by wedging themselves against the ceiling between the walls of the upstairs hall. Bonus points are scored if mom walks underneath you without noticing you’re up there. Most fun if played with dirty feet to leave footprints at the top of the wall to make mom think she’s losing her mind.
Wake The Dog – set tiny radio controlled “bugs” on a path to collide with the sleeping dog. Watch as the dog freaks out, and takes off running, knocking over the large houseplant in the dining room. Bonus points if the dog knocks over more than one piece of furniture or grabs something off of the counter as he cruises through the kitchen.
Tape To A Teen – tape something, anything to a teen. It doesn’t matter what you tape to the teen or which teen it is. Just stick something to the teen without their knowledge. Then, giggle. Be sure to wear your running shoes, so you’ll have good traction when the teen discovers he or she has been decorated, and proceeds to chase you throughout the house hollering out threats of bodily harm.
Bonus points awarded if the taping is completed successfully while the teen is sleeping and not discovered until he or she visits the restroom and catches sight of it in the mirror. When engaged in this game, well, all rainy day game really, it’s wise not to leave your toothbrush in the bathroom where it might be subject to an unfortunate toilet revenge swim.
Stairway Sledding – using bean bag chairs as sleds slalom down the stairs. Bonus points if you make the turn at the landing without stopping or crashing into the wall. The game is over when mom confiscates the bean bags or when one of you is knocked unconscious, or both.
Ceiling Fan Baseball – after turning your ceiling fan to “high speed,” pitch objects of various weights, densities, and values into the whirling blades. Try to catch the objects after the blades launch them throughout the room before the hit and break a window.
Maybe it would’ve been better if The Cat In The Hat shown up, especially if he brought that super cool clean up machine of his.
Laugh Out Loud!
How do you entertain the restless on cold, cold, wet days? Do Thing 1 and Thing 2 take over your home on bad weather days? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.