It’s been raining since yesterday here in NYC and my sweet little Jack has been up since 6am. Therefore, I have been up since 6am. It’s going to be a long morning indoors.
Here are my rainy day plans for a two and a half year old.
1. Read books right away in the “Big Bed” in your room. This can last up to an hour if you also play “hide under the covers”.
2. Make dinosaur pancakes. Let your child help mix the ingredients and then cut out the shapes with cookie cutters. Oh…and you can add some green food coloring to the mix to make the dinosaurs more realistic. Plus pre–schoolers love eating food that has been dyed different colors. I also dyed Jack’s milk green this morning too. Why not?
3. Pretend you are a dog. Not only will this game give you a great core workout it will beat the crap out of your knees. Try tying some of your husbands socks around your knees for kneepads or pull out your old rollerblading pads if you have some. You can also turn into a cat at any time and freak your child out a little.
4. Fill a big bowl with warm water and put those animals that grow in there. You know the ones. You put them in water and then in a couple of days they are much bigger. This idea has no instant gratification, but pays off in a couple of days.
5. Paint with water on the blackboard side of your easel. This can go on for a while. Draw something with chalk and have your child paint over it with water. The water dries pretty quickly and makes great drips. This is a household favorite here.
6. Make sugar cookies. I try to have some sugar cookie dough in my freezer at all times. Today I didn’t so it added even more fun. Let your child pour the ingredients into the big bowl and even let them “poke” the egg. When you are done making the dough wrap up most of it and put it in the freezer for another rainy day. Give your child the remaining piece and let them roll it out with a rolling pin. Then hand over the cookie cutters and step back. I like to make an egg wash with egg yolks and dye it with food coloring. Once the cookies are cut out let your child paint the cookies and add sprinkles. Put them in the oven and in 12 minutes you have snack.
I sometimes give my son a small bowl of flour to play with as well. He loves pouring it on the table and drawing with it using his fingers.
7. Bath time!!! After making sugar cookies your child should be sufficiently covered in flour. What better time for a bath. Try to put as many toys in there as possible so that bath time lasts more than ten minutes. Today I added those little capsules that have animals, aliens, monsters in them that dissolve in water. It was a big hit.
8. Curious George time! Ahhhh. Thank goodness for Curious George. He is my personal hero. He has allowed me to write this post right now. When his show is over, 10 minutes from now, it will be nap time.
What on earth am I going to do for the rest of the afternoon.? Any ideas???