Let's get physical:
I am always trying to encourage physical activity. So we frequently have dance parties in my living room. I can throw in a CD or turn on Kids Bop and get grooving with my girls. To make it extra fun, we dress up. For instance, we will listen to Tchaikovsky's swan lake or the nutcracker and the girls will dress up in tutus and practice ballet moves. So the girls can stay active while learning some musical history about a famous composer and they get to dress up.
Another great way to get everybody off the couch is to play one of our favorite games called Hullabaloo by Cranium. It encourages listening, following directions, problem-solving, and friendly competition while learning shapes, colors and musical instruments. The kids spread the colorful pads out on the floor then press the on button and the "radio-like" machine comes on and tells everyone to hop to a red square or crawl to a musical instrument. I love it because everyone has to be quiet to hear what is next. The game ends by saying, "Freeze who ever is on the ______ pad is the winner. Winner do a funky dance."
On a rainy day you can really stretch this activity out by having kids clip magazine pictures or print some pictures off the computer that you know your kids will love. Have them cut and paste the pictures onto index cards. Then play memory. Just remember that you need two of each image for matching purposes. If your kids are older, you can always do memory with sight words written on index cards. (ie. match the words ) For a complete list of sight words by grade click this link mrsperkins dolch words. If sight words are too difficult, you can start with the alphabet ( ie. match the letter "A" with the capital letter "A" or match capitals with lowercase letters "A" with "a").
|Mary playing in a bowl of water.|
|Ana being a foreman. Writing directions for Mary.|