Well what a rainy week it has been! A few times during the week we even had a bit of a pool happening in our backyard… crazy stuff! The rain also signalled the beginning of the ‘wet day timetable’ season at school! For those who aren’t familiar with this fun-filled concept (I’m being a little sarcastic there in case you didn’t notice!!), ‘wet day timetable’ is when it’s too wet for the kids to go outside at recess or lunchtime and so they stay in the classrooms and work on inside activities. Thankfully, ‘wet day timetable’ doesn’t happen too often here, as the kids (and teachers!!) all go a little crazy after being cooped up all day!
Anyway, watching the kids working inside reminded of some great rainy day writing activities, which would be perfect for the upcoming school holidays (or any wet weekend for that matter!). Check them out, then take them or leave them depending on your kiddies interests!
1. Story in a bag
Fill a little bag full of a range of different objects (think cars, string, stickers, lego, toothpick, spoons etc – really whatever you can get your hands on and that is small enough to fit in the bag!). Give the bag to your child and watch them pour out the goodies! Then grab a big sheet of paper and start writing a funny story about the contents of the bag. Perhaps, a little lego man drives to a magical island where he uses a spoon to dig a huge hole, and then ties the toothpick to the end of the string and lowers it down the hole, only to be pulled into a mysterious underground layer full of little cars that have a mind of their own… hehe you get the point! This is a great idea for kids who get stuck thinking of ideas to write about! It’s also great for visual learners as they can see and touch the things that they are writing about. Kids can also act out the story using the objects which is lots of fun!
2. Make a treasure map
Have your little one hide some special ‘treasure’ somewhere in the house (we often use a teddy bear or a robot at school, but you could use anything special). Then get them to draw a treasure map on a piece of paper, including some instructions on how to find the treasure. This is not only heaps of fun, but kids are busy learning about location and maps without even knowing it! Little kids could use words like ‘left’ and ‘right’, whereas older kids could draw a compass and use words like ‘north’, ‘south’, ‘east’ and ‘west’. To make it even more authentic looking, rub some wet teabags over the paper and rip the edges to make it look old and rugged!
3. Set up your very own Post Office
Before you throw a box into the recycling bin, cover it in red paper and write the word ‘POST’ on the front. Cut a slit on the top (big enough to fit an envelope through). Put out some envelopes, writing paper, old stamps and pencils. Little kids will love writing letters to each other and posting them in the box. Then a ‘Post Master’ (one of the kids 🙂 ), opens up the box, hands out all the letters…. oooh so exciting!! The kids then get to read the letters addressed to them and write back to their friends/brothers/sisters. Great practice in writing letters and addressing envelopes!
Have fun! Hopefully these will keep you a little bit more sane on wet days (oh and your little one too of course!!!).