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Cool Activities and Fun Things for Kids to Do Indoors on a Rainy Day?

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Cool Activities and Fun Things for Kids to Do Indoors on a Rainy Day?

Need some ideas on fun activities that my kids can do when it’s raining outdoors? I hate for them to be stuck in front of the television & playstation all day.

Make Some Water Colors and
Paint a Picture

Mix the vinegar and soda together in a little bowl; add the corn starch and glycerin when the soda stops foaming. Stir in the water a little at a time, until your paint seems about the right thickness. This makes about 1/4 cup of stuff. Divide it into three or four little jars (baby food jars are perfect) and add about a drop of food color to each one. We usually make red, yellow, blue and green. Now find some paper, a brush and have fun!

Here’s what you’ll need for each color
1 tablespoon of vinegar
(either white or cider is OK)
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 tablespoon of corn starch
1/2 teaspoon Glycerin
1 teaspoon of water
2 drops of food coloring

Blow Some Bubbles
Make Your Own
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 liquid dishwashing detergent
1 cup water
2 drops food coloring
Mix all the stuff together in a jar with a tight cover. Make a bubble wand using some wire, or use a purchased bubble pipe or wand. Store your bubbles at room temperature when you’re not using them.

 

Make Some Play Clay
and
Create Critters

Here’s what you’ll need:
A grown up person to HELP you.
1/2 cup table salt
(not kosher or sea salt)
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cornstarch
a few drops of food coloring in 3 or 4 colors

 
Mix the salt and hot water in a large pan. PLEASE – don’t ever use the stove without a grown up to HELP you. OK? So.. ask your helper to bring the salt and water to a boil over high heat. Put the cold water in a small bowl and stir in the cornstarch. Add coloring now, if you want your clay to be red or green or yellow. We usually leave ours white and then paint our little critters with acrylic hobby paints. Now, add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling salt water and stir hard to keep it from lumping up. Continue cooking the clay over low heat until it becomes stiff.
After the cooked clay is stiff, carefully turn it out onto a bread board with a big spoon. Let it cool completely and then knead it until it gets smooth. Now it’s ready to use. Or, you can wrap it up tightly in plastic and store it in an air tight container for a few days.
Your clay critters can be preserved by letting them air dry at room temperature for 3 or 4 days, or by baking them in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 2 hours. Remember, you promised not to use the stove without a grown up to help you.

To make Christmas tree decorations, roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick, then use cookie cutters to make ornament shapes. Use a toothpick to make a hole at the top for a string or ribbon. Bake until dry and decorate any way you want.

Write a Play – then invite some friends over and Act it OUT!

Tear Up Last Week’s
Newspaper and
Make Some Papier-Mache`

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup white flour
2/3 cup water
Newspaper strips
(torn about 1 1/2 inches wide)
A hint – newspaper tears best from top to bottom. If you’re not getting even strips easily –
turn the paper around and tear from the other direction.
A small disposable container of some sort to use as the base for your project. A little cereal box, an empty plastic milk carton or soda bottle, a strong balloon that’s partly inflated

Mix the flour and water in a good sized bowl. It should be about like thick glue when you’ve mixed it all up. If you want it to be thicker or thinner – add more flour or water a LITTLE bit at a time.
Put down a thick layer of newspaper to work on – so you won’t make a mess on the table. Dip a strip of newspaper into the paste, gently pull it through your fingers to take off any extra paste. Now put it smoothly on the base for your project. Repeat with another strip and this time crisscross or overlap the first strip. Repeat again and again, until the base is completely covered in newspaper strips and the whole thing is about 1/4 inch thick. Set it aside to dry thoroughly.
When your project is dry you can decorate it with poster paints or hobby acrylic paints, bits of braid, buttons, lace, ribbon or anything that pleases you.

Make Some Finger Paints

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
3 tablespoons glycerin
a few drops of food coloring in assorted colors
Mix the flour and water in a good sized bowl. Divide the mixture equally into three or four smaller bowls. In each small bowl – stir constantly as you add 1 tablespoon glycerin and a drop or two of food coloring.
Put down a thick layer of newspaper to work on – so you won’t make a mess on the table.
Set a dishpan or large bowl of water nearby to rinse off hands between colors. Have fun! Hint: Pictures of the Kid’s hand prints are a favorite on the fridge at our house – cause then we can see how big they’ve grown. One year we even got a white sweat shirt with everyone’s hand prints all over it in primary colors of acrylic hobby paint. We still love that one!

Have fun
:D


RAINY DAY PREK !


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Parents, What Do You Do With Your Kids On A Rainy Day?

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Rainy Day Activities for Kids:

I stay at home with my 10 month old son everyday. We usually go for a walk and to the park to play every day. Well, its rainy today so that’s out of the question. Any fun indoor activity suggestions that I can do with my 10 month old? What activities do you do with your children when its a rainy day?


Where I live we get a lot of rain in the late fall, winter and early spring months. So I have learned to make the best of a little rain. Usually we throw on our rain gear, play in the puddles, go to the park/play ground or go for a walk. Of course rain being what it is, you can still only handle so much wet. So we do end up doing more indoor activities then normal that day. Things I Try And Plan For Rainy Days o Appointments (doctors, dentists, etc.) o Shopping (grocery, mall) o Play Dates/Groups o Special Cleaning Projects Things We Do On Rainy Days Indoors o Watch A Favourite Movie o Bake Cookies/Bread o Listen To My Kids Fav. Music (The Wiggles) o Sing Songs & Dance o Arts & Crafts o Play With Their Toys o Make A Blanket Fort o Read Books o Do Flash Cards o Blow Bubbles (Indoor Bubbles – Non Stick) As far as 10 month olds go why not play some fun music that your little one would enjoy. Something that he can dance to or do actions to (with your assistance of course). Another option is to pull out the arts & crafts. Do things like painting with hands or special shaped sponges. Bake something like cookies. Read some books together. Make a fort (I know my kids liked blanket forts at that age). Throw in one of your son’s favourite movies. Rainy days are just so blah! Its been raining here off and on most of the week. So we have the blanket fort set up and the colouring books laid out inside. =)


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ABC Kids Games for Pre-Schoolers : What’s in the Box?: Preschool Games

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Put different items in a box, and have kids feel around and figure out what they are in this game called “What’s in the Box?” A fun game for preschool kids or little children in this free video!

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Barney – Mr. Golden Sun Song by RAFFI

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Preschoolers love to sing and dance and act silly. Add lots of music to your list of rainy day activities for kids! Here is a favorite from RAFFI – as sung by Barney & Friends. Mr. Golden Sun !

Barney – Mr. Golden Sun Song

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Multicultural Music in Early Childhood

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Multicultural Music in Early Childhood

Multicultural Music in Early Childhood

By Marlene Rattigan

Music is a universal language. Exposing children to the music, songs and dances of other cultures should simply be another aspect of the music and movement program, integrated quite naturally on a daily basis.  In the home setting, if another language is not spoken, exposing children regularly to the sounds of another language through music is a good idea.

Why is it a good idea? Young children learn by being actively involved in the process, through exploring and experimenting, through copying and acting out.  And so it is with learning music, including the music (and language) of another culture, the foundations for which are best learned while developing primary language.  As such, a successful early childhood music program must incorporate movement (including dance) and should quite naturally involve learning across the curriculum.  In other words, through music, the child can also develop language, mathematical concepts, physical development as well as social and emotional outcomes. Music, of course, is not exclusively reserved for the school domain. At home or in a childcare centre, music, including music from other cultures, should form part of the structure of everyday play. EVERY child has the right to a musical education. Like other forms of verbal and non-verbal communication, exposure to music should start at birth and even before.

It is important to bear in mind that not every child will naturally take to singing or learning to play a musical instrument. Physical expression through dance and drama is the way some children prefer to enjoy their musical experience. How wonderful to extend that experience by using the dances, the music and the costumes from another culture. And what child doesn’t love dressing up?

In musical interpretation there should be no pressure on the child to “get it right” because there is no right or wrong but simply the joy of participation. When a child feels successful at something, the child gains enormous confidence. This is critical where children are suffering from low self-esteem due to poor academic achievement. The more you can extend the creative arts experience, therefore, the better.

Furthermore, by exposing children to other cultures in a positive way, they gain understanding and learn acceptance of others. They need to be made aware that somewhere in another corner of the world are children just like them. These children are also having fun by singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing games and dancing.  In this way inherent social values are gained, especially discovering that difference simply means diversity.  Thus, it encourages a sense of harmony and inclusion rather than discrimination and distrust.

Studies show that exposing children to the sound, rhythm and intonation of language and music from diverse cultures assists them to discriminate between sounds, which assist with the acquisition of language skills. Listening is a skill that needs to be taught, as opposed to hearing which is a sense we are born with. Listening to the sounds of another language encourages concentration. In time, it starts to make sense, in the same way that as babies, we all learned to understand the spoken word. Introducing children to Languages Other Than English (LOTE) cannot start soon enough. Far from confusing children, learning another language actually enhances the learning of their mother tongue.

Unlike adults, children absorb the language of another culture easily. Children who come from bi-lingual households quickly learn to discriminate between the two languages and use them both appropriately. They soon become aware that communication, in whatever form, gets them what they want.

Whether in a classroom, a nursery or at home, children are naturally attracted to the sounds of another language. Most adults can remember the foreign songs that they learned at school.  How many English songs from school can we remember? And why limit it to songs? Include finger plays, dances and relaxation music. To the child, it is not important what the words mean as the music conveys the mood and that is everything.

Music is a universal language. Exposing children to the music, songs and dances of other cultures should simply be another aspect of the music and movement program, integrated quite naturally on a daily basis.

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PARACHUTE PLAY !

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Rainy Day PreK Parachute Play

Parachute play is not just for the outdoors – it is fun all year round and can be used inside as well. Parachutes for childrens play come in a variety of sizes and they come with handles for children to grasp. I would highly recommend having a large parachute for outdoor play and a smaller one (6 ft.) for indoor use. The 6 ft. size is perfect for indoors and is also a better size for younger preschoolers as their arms tend to get very tired quickly when using the larger sizes. This is the perfect thing to bring out on a rainy day to get the giggles going and the body moving! Parachute play encourages cooperation and teamwork, following directions and builds large muscles and motor skills and is just plain fun! There are so many things to do with a parachute. Games, songs, exercises, bouncing balls, storytelling, rhythmic dancing, circle time fun, fort building and more. They are so colorful and bring excitement to the children’s eyes as soon as they see it. This is one of the best rainy day activities for kids!

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Rain, Rain Go Away……

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“Rain, rain go away …..  come again another day.

Little Suzie wants to play, rain, rain go away!”


 

This song is sung at preschools and daycare centers around the world when it is raining outside.  Rainy days are perceived as gloomy, depressing, low energy days.  That old perception is very easy to change and by doing so will teach your preschool-aged children about positive thinking and will also make that rainy day feel like a sunny summer afternoon!

 

Music can change the mood of everyone.  Start by changing the songs you sing on rainy days!  Put on some upbeat and silly music that will create a new energy in the room.  Children respond to music with great enthusiasm, movement and laughter.  It is so powerful that some physicians actually prescribe music-therapy to  patients suffering from depression.

 

In addition to upbeat music, being prepared ahead of time for inclement weather days (snowstorms, excessive heat, freezing temperatures, high pollution index and rain) the children in your care will have a wonderful time and you will be equipped with a great strategy for dealing with the rainy day blues rather than dreading the long day stuck indoors with a group of rambunctious preschoolers and toddlers.      

 

Rainy Day PreK’ is a source for teachers, parents and caregivers to find rainy day activities for kids that are educational, entertaining and easy to implement.  Please feel free to add your great ideas to share with our community.  Cabin fever is very real and can make everyone irritable, restless or frustrated but having a plan in hand is just the right medicine to cure it!

 

 

 

 

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