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Burrr…cold outside? What are you to do with your children? I run out of ideas on a daily basis, but this activity is original and pretty cool…how many kids do you know that still play with marbles?

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I looked out the window this morning, and to my dismay, it is STILL rainy and it looks disgusting outside. It can be tough to entertain kids on rainy days – barbies and legos can only entertain for so long! Have fun with your kiddo and turn a gloomy day into one of the prettiest days by painting their umbrella with a fanciful pattern. It only takes a few supplies and a child-size umbrealla. So by the time it dries….they can be “dancing in the rain” with their new fancy umbrella!

Need:

  • You will need a kid’s nylon umbrella (paint won’t stick to a plastic one)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Permanent waterproof paint, such as fabric paint or acrylic

How To:

Note: Follow the manufacturer’s directions: Some fabric paints require the addition of fixative; others require ironing the umbrella after painting.

1.    Carefully cover the work surface with newspaper before you begin, and have your child wear a smock.

2.    Once finished, keep the umbrella open overnight.

3.    The paint must dry completely before you close it or use it.

4.    Tah-Dah!

Another fun idea is singing the song “Rain, Rain, Go Away” with your kids! Here are the lyrics:

Rain, rain, go away

Come again some other day

We want to go outside and play

Come again some other day!

Optional Lyrics – change the third line to say:

[child’s name] and [sibling or friend’s name]

want to play

 

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Aside from baking in the kitchen, why not make a little mess and have fun with the kids? Here is a cheap and quick activity to whip up that can be perfect for play dates with your toddler, a rainy day activity, or a ‘stay inside’ because it is too blisteringly hot outside for the kids to play – making goop!

How to make it educational?
Making goop is a great scientific experiment. Kids are fascinated to see three ingredients that when mixed together behave completely different than either one of them did by itself.

Mix up a bowl of Gloop Goop, a mysterious matter that kids can shape into balls or let ooze from their fingers.

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Simple Recipe of Gloop Goop – Here’s how:
* Pour one cup water into a large mixing bowl.
* Add a few drops of food coloring (any color).
* Slowly stir in two cups of cornstarch (use a spoon at first, but you may eventually find it’s easier with your hands).

Goop Recipe
This goop recipe is a little more involved than the first one and since it uses borax, you should caution the kids to be careful when handling it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon of white craft glue
  • 
1 ½ teaspoons of borax
  • 2 paper cups 
water
  • Food coloring (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour the glue in one of the paper cups. Add a tablespoon of water and stir until the two are mixed well.
  2. For different colors of goop, add a few drops of food coloring to the glue and water mixture before moving to the next step.
  3. Mix the borax with four tablespoons of water in the second paper cup. Add one tablespoon of this mixture to the glue and water mixture in the first paper cup. If the glue mixture doesn’t turn into a gel, add another tablespoon of the borax mixture to it.
  4. Take the gel out of the paper cup and roll it with your hands until it firms up a little. The goop is ready to play with.
  5. Make sure the kids wash their hands when they are done playing with the goop.

Note: The borax goop experiment is also a good exercise in following directions. The goop won’t turn out right, if they do not follow the recipe exactly.

Give this a try! It may get a little messy, but that’s what makes it fun and interesting for your kids. What kid doesn’t like something icky, sticky and goopy that they can squish between their fingers?

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Our sales representative in Philadelphia sent us some pictures of the recent snow storm that hit his area, closing many government and civil offices.  We hear that a big part of the country is having a snow day!  What fun! 

Here in California, we don’t get “snow days” – we mostly experience many “rainy days”.  I remember while growing up here in the Bay Area that on rainy days we would come up with great games that kept us occupied indoors while the weather was storming outside.  One of my favorite things was to take apart the couch and raid the linen cabinet to build a fort.  I loved creating tunnels and rooms.  My sister and I would play for hours on end in our forts, while my mom maintained her sanity – a challenge with two very active little girls cooped up indoors!

What indoor activities do you use to keep your little ones busy on rainy or snowy days?

*From the Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

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