When it is raining and you don’t know what to do with the kids, a wise person once told me “Never underestimate the power of the indoor fort”. I could not agree more. It is part hide-out, part reading nook, and part playhouse all rolled into one!
To make your own indoor teepee, you will need 4 bamboo garden stakes (about 5 feet long), some blankets, a rubber band, and some clothes pins. Wrap the rubber band around the stakes, and spread out the opposite ends. Lay blankets over the stakes, and clip with clothes pins. Add some pillows, blankets, a flashlight, and some good books inside the teepee!
Next, we did an indoor marble run made completely from recyclables! This is a fabulous way to sneak in a great physics lesson with kids, and watch them troubleshoot to find ways to get the marble to the end.
To make your own marble run, you will need boxes of various sizes, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, some masking tape, and a marble or bouncy ball. Cut some tubes in half length-wise to make the track even longer. Emily seemed to enjoy watching the ball make its way through the track and sometimes disappear into a toilet paper tunnel and come back out the other end. Attach with masking tape, and lay on top of boxes to get the proper height.
Here’s the breakdown of how we spent our entertainment money today:
garden stakes — $2.19 for a package of 6
rubber band — free (from broccoli)
blankets — free (gift from my dear friend Allison, thank you!!)
books — free (from library)
marble run – free (from recyclables)
bouncy ball — 25 cents
pretzels — $1.79
Jell-O — 35 cents for one box (four servings)
Total spent = $4.58 !!
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