Ever wonder what to do on a rainy day or on one of those extremely HOT summer days when it’s too hot to even be outside and you’ve had it with the constant drone of the TV? Don’t be left wondering again; make sure you have your activity box in order and ready to go!
This is our activity box. This is a box I’ve put together from a mix of gifts over the years or random Dollar Tree finds or Target dollar bin pick-ups. I break this bin out for those times when we find ourselves at home because we’re burned out from out-of-the-house-over-scheduling or we’re home-bound because of weather or illness. It’s neatly packed with a variety of art and science activities, some single-use and some that can last a bit longer. Depending on T’s mood, we’re usually lucky enough to find something in here to keep busy for an hour or so, give or take.
Does T want to color but doesn’t want to get into his usual set of activity books? Check. Does he want to play with a new sticker book? Check. Does T want to make a tornado? Check.
Wait, what?! You’re probably thinking that making tornadoes is all these kids do all day long in the house and that’s the last thing that they need help creating, but I’m not talking about anything uncontrolled here. The other day, I found a “Tornado Tube” gizmo that I’d forgotten we’d received around the holidays. There was a hitch though: It required two 2-liter bottles. Well, I had a few 1-liter bottles hanging around, so while we might not spin up any super-twisters with that size, it still might do the trick.
I also thought why not amp up this tornado with some color. I was thinking we’d watch the colors mix as the tornado started to spin, but what I failed to realize was that to get the thing going one side had to be empty (thus the science part of this experiment… always read the instructions first, RMT’ers!). It was OK, as T still had fun making orange from the red and yellow water anyway.
T really liked playing with the tornado on and off all day the other weekend. We’ve emptied the bottles and shelved the Tornado Tube for the time being, but you never know when a storm will be brewing next… a brainstorm for ideas of what to do, that is.
What tricks do you have up your sleeve – or stashed up in the closet – for rainy or really hot days, RMT’ers?