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Ideas for Indoor Kid Activities on a Rainy Day

Fun Places in Everyday Spaces: Ideas for Indoor Kid Activities on a Rainy Day

When it’s raining, children are often at a loss for something to do, and you’re left grasping for some indoor activity that’ll keep them from hunkering down for a marathon session of video gaming and snacking. Technology’s a great thing, but it can be a real obstacle for parents looking for ways to keep kids active and engaged on a rainy day.

However, it’s actually not as hard as it sometimes seems. A little creativity from you and a willingness on the part of your kids to have fun in new ways can lead to an adventurous day of giggling and collaborative enjoyment. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Group Storytelling

This one will turn kids into expert storytellers. Get a ball (a beach ball or small rubber ball will do fine), and have them all sit in a circle. One kid starts with “Once upon a time…” and rolls the ball to another kid, who then continues the story in any way that strikes the imagination. Once he or she has contributed, the ball rolls to the next kid, and it goes on that way for 15 to 20 minutes — or longer if you like — until someone concludes the tale. It’s an excellent way to stimulate everyone’s creativity and develop verbal skills.

Homemade Obstacle Course

This one’s always a popular idea. Collect some mats, cushions, and furniture that can be crawled under and create your own obstacle course. Establish your own rules as to how each child must navigate the course. One fun challenge could be to carry a ping pong ball or hard-boiled egg along in a spoon as they go, with each contestant who fails to cross the finish line with ball or egg in spoon is disqualified. Use a timer to determine who completes the course the fastest.

Spider and the Fly

Establish a course around the house for each “fly” to traverse. As each one passes by, the “spider” will try to throw the blanket/web to try and ensnare his prey. A fly is officially considered trapped in the spider’s web if it touches any part of their body passing by. The game ends when the spider has trapped every fly in its web. Flies can get creative about dodging the spider’s web, but the spider has to keep trying until each fly has been caught.

Jump the Stream

This is another good one for burning off some of that energy. Line up a series of small objects in two parallel lines, about a foot apart. Tell the kids this is a stream, have them line up on either side, and tell them to jump across without touching in between the lines. If they do, it means their foot got wet and they’re disqualified. Once the first round is over, widen the distance a little bit and keep going until the stream becomes a river.

Videos

Remember, there are countless YouTube videos that offer everything from music lessons to drawing tutorials and math drills. They’re also good teaching aids and can help children sharpen classroom skills they need for a career such as real estate. According to Redfin, “Real estate is a complex field that requires skills in math, science, English, social studies, and home economics. By incorporating real estate-based lessons into your curriculum, you can help students gain valuable skills in practical math application, presentation, forming a persuasive argument, earth science, and so much more.” You can also find fun science experiments online, such as the rainbow magic milk experiment.

Rainy days can be a lot of fun if you know how to transform everyday items and familiar indoor spaces into realms of imagination and learning. Look around and imagine how kids might adapt their surroundings. Who knows? They might not want to wait for the next rainy day to do it all over again.

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Rainbow Coloured Rice

Rainbow Coloured Rice

Rainbow Coloured Rice:

Rainbow Coloured Rice is great for sensory play, and we just couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you!

Coloured rice is so simple to make, so little one’s will not only enjoy playing with the brightly coloured rice, but can join in the fun of making it too.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar
  • 1 Cup of rice
  • Food colouring (add a few drops until it reaches your desired colour)
  • Ziploc bags or a plastic bag tied up

Instructions:

  • Pour the cup of rice into the ziploc/plastic bag;
  • Add the vinegar and food colouring and then seal the bag;
  • Shake it up for a few minutes to get the colour evenly spread out;
  • Empty the packet of rice and colouring mix, onto a baking sheet and allow to dry.

…and that’s it! Now get ready to have some fun.

Put the rice on a tray, in a large flat bowl, or on a lap desk, and give your child spoons, different types of cups, jugs and bowls to play with, sit back and relax, while they keep themselves entertained for hours.

Images courtesy of Monique Kaye via Facebook

Cleaning up is quick and easy, and if you keep the rainbow rice stored in an airtight container, it can last an entire year!

Do you have any colourful or creative play ideas? Please share them with us in the comments below.

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Developing Creativity in Preschool

Developing Creativity in Preschool
Developing Creativity in Preschoolers
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Developing Creativity in Preschool:

Developing Creativity in Preschool enables young kids to better analyse and problem solve. Art supplies can help develop hand-eye coordination and the type of fine motor skills they’ll draw upon later for writing.

When your pre-schooler is messing about with paint or glitter, they’re likely to be more focused on the sensations and effect than the finished product. This is an important part of their creative development.

Here are three simple ways to help develop creativity in preschool, from setting up puzzle-solving activities like a scavenger hunt to how to communicate about their art.

Create a creative space

It’s important to find a space where kids can be creative and make a mess without you worrying about the clean-up afterwards. Cover the kitchen or lounge table with old magazines or newspapers. Then, once the messy work is done, you can roll them up and the space is as good as new!

Think about saving torn or old clothes to use as overalls too. That way, there’s no stress that kids will pick up on when they’re experimenting with colours or textures.

If you’re too short on time for clear-up, try another sensory experience, like playing with shaving foam or a sink full of bubbles.

Be supportive

This can be counter-intuitive, but drawing alongside your kids can actually frustrate them about their own progress. This is because children try to represent what they see before them, as they don’t yet have your experience or fine motor skills! Express your support by asking questions about their process. Ask your child questions like “Why did you choose those colours?” or “What were you thinking about when you made this line?”

Be supportive, even if you’re not sure what the finished piece actually is. Kids are happy with learning and exploring ideas in their own time, and art can be a way of working through their experiences. That tree might be oversized, for example, because it represents something really important to them.

Furthermore, being supportive about their creativity provides a relaxed atmosphere where little imaginations can run free. This can be important in raising kids’ self-esteem!

Get experimental

Sometimes, injecting a new idea or material is all it takes to get kids’ creativity flowing. Here are three simple ideas to try:

  1. Go on a walk and collect objects, then take them home for kids to draw, touch, paint or model. Make it clear that they don’t have to represent the objects literally, but can use them as a source of inspiration.
  2. Set up a scavenger hunt. This could be at a local park or just around the house. Creative challenges such as riddles will get their brains going and may even stimulate kids to create their own scavenger hunt.
  3. Create a food art collage. Present kids with different kinds of pasta, lentils, and any other suitable dried food you have to hand. They can then decide for themselves which to incorporate into a collage and stick down on thin card or stiff paper.

Hopefully these ideas will get you started. Your pre-schoolers may also have some great ideas that you can try out, so get stuck in and get creative!

 

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Hospital Bag Checklist

Hospital Bag Checklist

Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom and baby:

So your due date is just a few days away and you’re still not sure what to pack in your hospital bag? This Hospital Bag Checklist will help ensure that you have everything packed and ready, for when your little one decides to show his/her face for the first time.

Some hospitals provide baby with all the required toiletries, but the same cannot be said for all hospitals.

The goodies listed here are for ALL mommies and include everything that you might need in your hospital/baby bag, from toiletries to your newborns FIRST EVER outfit.

It is recommended to have your hospital bag packed, when you are around 34 weeks pregnant, just in case baby decides to arrive early 😉

For baby:

  • Cotton wool
  • Surgical spirits
  • Soap\body wash
  • Wet wipes
  • Nappies
  • Bum cream
  • Earbuds
  • Glycerine
  • Baby powder
  • Vaseline
  • Colic drops
  • Gripe Water
  • Baby bottle, formula, sterilizer and bottle brush (for non breastfeeding moms and just in case breastfeeding doesn’t work out, which is relatively common)
  • Pacifier/Dummy
  • Face cloth
  • Bath towel
  • Receiving blanket
  • Wrap blanket
  • Romper
  • Vest
  • Socks
  • Beanie & mittens

For mommy:

  • Pj’s
  • Gown
  • Slippers
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair brush
  • Hair bands
  • Towel
  • Disposable underwear
  • Sanitary towels
  • Phone and charger (for the flood of calls and messages that you might receive and let’s not forget photos!)
  • 2 point plug (for your phone charger)
  • In the case of a C-SECTION you may want to take linen savers for yourself.

Congratulations MOMMY! Your hospital bag is packed and you are now ready for the upcoming birth of your precious child.

What is/were your absolute, hospital bag must-have(s)?

Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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7 Cost Effective ‘Stay at Home’ Outdoor Activities

7 cost effective stay home Outdoor activities

7 Cost Effective Stay Home Outdoor Activities:

With this list of of 7 Cost Effective Stay Home Outdoor Activities, you can be sure that after all the Christmas and New Years festivities and back-to-school expenses, your empty wallet (and child) will thank you 😉

The sun is still shining, summer is not over yet and kids are still kids – their little bodies and minds still need stimulation.

So we’ve put together a fun list of Stay at Home Outdoor activities to keep your little ones occupied, in the comforts of your own home. This is sure to be fun for the whole family!

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Unique baby shower gift ideas

Unique baby shower gift ideas
Photo credit: Poplap Photography
Photo credit: Poplap Photography

40 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas:

Not too long ago I was invited to a very special lady’s baby shower, which had me rather excited. I just couldn’t wait to head out to the shops to buy a gift.

To my disarray,  I found myself completely lost before I had even started!

I had no idea what to buy for this special mom-to-be and her little bundle of joy. What I did know, was that I wanted something special, something unique, something personal, something that could be cherished for years to come and of course something fab for the special mom-to-be

Although I found some great stuff (some a bit overpriced, a few things right here at Comfy Kidz, some really great and a few not so appealing), none of them really fulfilled my expectations and still, not quite what I was looking for.

Along my search for a unique baby shower gift (and halfway through this blog post) I had a light-bulb moment… Mommy mall SA!

For those of you who don’t know, Mommy Mall is a virtual shopping mall filled with mom owned businesses. It’s a place where “mompreneurs” come together to network, collaborate and empower other mom’s into turning their small business into a success story. Mommy Mall is a community of mothers trying to do the very best for their families, or as the founder of Mommy Mall – Naomi Butow – would say: “helping to put a child through school”.

One rule of Mommy Mall, is that recommendations for products or services may only be directed toward other members (Mommy Maller’s) within the group. This is one of the rules that really stand out and has become somewhat of  a motto for me. So whenever I am in need of anything (and I mean anything) the first place I turn to is Mommy Mall! I’m not saying that this is the only place that I do my shopping, but its certainly the first place I will start!

With the help of all of the wonderful moms at Mommy Mall Cape Town I managed to compile a list of  40 awesome products and services to help YOU on your search for the perfect gift… AND I get to stick to my new motto (bonus)!

So here it goes – and in no particular order:

Products:

 

bubbling bundles

Milestone cards – find it here: Bubbling Bundles

tutu

New born TuTu – find it here: Tu-Tu’s For Little Angels

baby shower cake

Baby shower cake – find it here: Koek-A-Raasie

owl

Owl scatter cushion – find it here: Mamma Owl

Wooden Name Puzzle
Wooden Name Puzzle – available right here at Comfy Kidz

cloth nappy

Cloth nappies – find it here:  Luli&Co

baby grow

Baby romper/baby grow – find it here: Electro-netics Digital Art & Print

wall art

Wall art – find it here: The Sticker Studio

Snuggle Buddy Plush Ellie

Plush Elephant Pillow – available right here at Comfy Kidz

jewellery

Personalised jewellery (great for mom, dad and baby alike) – find it here:  Memory Jewellery

 

Memory cast kit – find it here: Tummies Maternity wear

 

Pod baby carrier – find it here: Pod Baby Carriers

 

Feeding Pillow – find it here: Tamsyn Fowler interiors

car seat cover

Car seat cover – find it here: BabaM

Assorted Farm Animals Night Lights

Personalised Night Light – available right here at Comfy Kidz

Pickalilly Products (149) 

Feeding cover – find it here: Pickalily

 

Ready-to-go hospital bag bundle filled with all the essentials – find it here: Baby Bot

 

Unique toy – find it here: Helderberg Toys

massage_bar 

Revitalising body products for mom-to-be – find it here: Shabby Rose

 

Story book – find it here: Acorn Kidz

Pram & Stroller Liner  

Pram/stroller liner – find it here: Crazy 4 Baby

Blue chevron with orange sheep padded 

Baby carrier blankie with handles – find it here: Lalaba

crocheted mobile

Crocheted baby mobile – find it here: Crochet with Love

nursery decor

Nursery decor – find it here: Simply Jane

Pram Storage Caddy

Pram Storage Caddy – available right here at Comfy Kidz

 

Medical aid kit – find it here: Kids Medi Kit

wooden teether

Handmade wooden toy or teether – find it here: Small School Love

Blue Bunny Gift Box 

Baby gift box – find it here: Oh Divine!

Gift hamper

Gift hamper for mom and baby – find it here: Gifts from the Valley

wooden bib teether

Wooden teether and bib set – find it here: Die Kinderen

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Bandana bib – find it here: Baba M

letter lights

Decorative letter lights –  find it here: Imaginate Decor

taglet blankie

Taglet blankie – find it here: Hawa

Pram Pegs - Pram Clips

Pram Pegs – available right here at Comfy Kidz

barefoot sandals

Barefoot sandals – made to order – find it here: By Me

 

Services/vouchers:

Voucher for a Newborn photo shoot with Poplap Photography

annique spa

Mani or pedi from the comforts of home from Aneeqah Mobile Beauty Therapy

henna tattoo

Henna tattoo (which we think is awesome for a pregnancy shoot) by Henna Tattoo

A memorable and professionally coordinated baby shower by Lucky Baby

pamper party

Pamper party at home with The Mobile Pamper Party

 

And there you have it… 40 unique baby shower gift ideas for mom-to-be and her precious little bundle of joy on the way… HAPPY SHOPPING!

Please feel free to share some of your own unique ideas with us.

Did you know? Baby showers are in fact centuries old and were celebrated amongst the ancient Egyptians as well as the Greeks. Traditionally, baby showers were given only for the family’s first child, and only women were invited. Modern day baby showers only started after WWII during the baby boom era – baby shower attendants would provide the mother-to-be with material goods which helped to lessen the financial burden of infant care.. It seems not too much has changed since then.

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