I do enjoy a nice quiet, sit down and get creative craft with the kids – I don’t enjoy the cleaning up afterwards so much – but the noise is less and the mess it fairly limited. However the children much prefer a physical activity, they are much happier at the park or in the garden, can’t blame them really. Recently on a colder wetter day I had to think of something that would get them moving, but inside the house – I can feel Biggy shudder at the thought.
We have been practicing our catching and we all enjoy a roll balls and cars to each other activity, what about a throwing activity? what could go wrong!?
Absolutely nothing! Just alot of mess. First I drew a big old sharks head on a large piece of card and painted it, I then cut out a hole for its mouth, I stuck it to some chairs, gave the kids some balls and told them to feed the shark.
They loved it! The kitchen was trashed, there were balls everywhere, there was some cheating – come on Golden Boy how close do you need to get! But it was fun, they tried very hard to get the balls – by the way these balls were nice light balls from a ball pit, so no damage could really be done – into the mouth, and it was good exercise for them.
I left it up all day as they kept coming back to play with it – I had to re-stick it several times as children aren’t the gentlest of creatures, no matter how many times you tell them to be careful… Also getting us to all work together to clear up all the balls was a good thing to do; they enjoyed the task – they made it a bit of a competition to get as many balls back in the bag as quickly as possible and they were very thorough about it and when I praised them for being helpful and they were very pleased with themselves. And then 5 minutes later the balls were all over the floor again, sigh…
A good easy fun activity, now they want me to make a lion one!