It has been a long time since I have posted because:
(1) My computer died
(2) Family vacation
(3) I’ve been reading a lot during free time which will be some new recommendations on my blog
(4) Did I mention my computer died?
Anyways, here are some fun ideas for indoor mini golf.
Indoor Mini Golf
The first option (1st two pictures): is Mini-mini-super Mini golf. Make greens out of play dough and make a hole. Use a marble or other small ball as the golf ball. My kiddos used plastic knives as the golf club. My one son is using a golf club from a cake decoration. You could use about anything.
The second option (the last two pictures): Remove-the-vent-covers Mini Golf. I took the vent covers off and put a towel inside with a plastic cup (tall sippy cup) on top of the towel and pushed it down flush with the carpet. I pushed the rest of the towel around the open areas of the vent so the ball wouldn’t go down. My oldest was creative and found a paper roll to use as a obstacle. You could use pillows as obstacles and blankets as sand dunes. Beware that you might find yourself enjoying this game more than your children. 🙂
Upper Left: Paper towel stacking. Count how many you can stack.
Upper Right: Lid toss. Get a bucket and toss tupperware lids in it. Count how many you make. Could make it into a competition (for the competitive-type people like myself).
Pictured above: Up and away. Put a small fan facing toward the ceiling and throw plastic grocery bags into the fan wind and watch them fly.
Pictured above: Spray bottle target practice. Make a target out of paper and fill up a spray bottle. Set the sprayer to spray a streaming line.
Cut felt into food shapes. I made 1 orange, 2 slices of bread, 3 lettuce slices, 4 slices of cheese, 5 pices of bacon, and 6 grapes. This is a fun way to teach counting and it is the only food that is exceptable to play with! 🙂
The play mat is a Melissa and Doug color mat.
3/4 cup Elmer’s white glue
1/2 cup liquid starch
Directions: Put glue in bowl and slowly add starch. Knead with your hands. Add food coloring to make different colors. You need to knead it for a long time. Just when you think you ruined it and it won’t turn out it starts to form the putty. Store in a baggie for continued play.
Warnings about silly putty from wikihow.com website:
1) Keep away from cloth surfaces. Putty sticks to clothing and cannot easily be removed.
2)Avoid swallowing the putty. The ingredients aren’t edible.
3)Some do-it-yourself silly putty recipes call for the use of borax. Be aware that borax has been deemed “toxic for reproduction” and is on the EU’s Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) list.
Shadow Puppets are a fun winter activity. It gets darker sooner so it is a perfect time of year for it. Make sure it is really dark in the room and shine a flashlight or set-up a lamp to shine at a wall. You could hang a white bed sheet if you need too.
The picture to the left is my Doberman shadow puppet.
The picture to the right was taken out of a 1970’s children’s activity book called: Rainy Day Pastimes 215 Ideas to Keep Children Happy.
Let me know if you come up with any other shadow puppet.
My son really wanted to play with our Scrabble game the other day so we made up a 3-year-old version. I would yell out a letter and he would have to find all the tiles with that letter on it. Afterwards, he would count how many letters he found to get points. If you don’t have a scrabble game you could use Boggle or another letter game or just cut out pieces of paper and write letters on them. What is not fun about this game is when the 3-year-old beats you.
(Makes 1 1/2 cups)
– 1 Cup Baking Soda
-1/2 Cup Cornstarch
-3/4 Cup Water
In a medium sauce pan over low head combine all ingredients except for food coloring. Heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequenting until it thickens. You need to stir constantly toward the end of that time when it begins to thicken. It will look like mashed potatoes. Spread clay on a work surface that has cornstarch sprinkled down. *Careful the clay is hot after being on the stove top!* When cooled, knead it until it becomes clay. You can separate it and add food coloring to make different colors. If you let a clay sculpture dry overnight it will be hard in the morning. Place leftover clay in an airtight container and refrigerate.
If you mix clay like my son did with our yellow clay it makes it look tye-dyed.
This is a fun way for teaching colors to little ones. I cut out people from felt, and then cut out their accessories out of felt. Use all different colors to dress them. You can make 3 different colored shirts, pants, hats, etc. Ask your child to put the yellow shirt on the man. Ask your child to put the purple dress on the woman. Also a good time to discuss some obvious differences between men and women. Hopefully you are more artistic than me and a better tailor since my clothes don’t fit my people.
Found this awesome recipe for cloud dough by Juggling with Kids. I cut the recipe in half and used 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup of baby oil since my kiddos are younger. I put a table-cloth down on the kitchen floor to catch the mess. Next time I’ll probably have them play with it in the tupperware in a dry bathtub right before bathtime so clean up will be easier. If you have older kids it shouldn’t be a problem. But as you can see young ones think you can sit in cloud dough!