This week I experienced my first snow day as a parent.
Completely opposite experience from when I was a child. Instead of being totally excited, I was a little disappointed.
Want to know what my first thought was?
What am I going to do with the kids ALL day?
Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids and playing with them. But after several hours of activities, chores, and playing I have a hard time thinking of fun things to do. I simply run out of ideas.
So today I’m sharing a simple activity, just in case you’re like me and tend to run out of ideas .
Butterfly Activity For Kids
My daughter loves butterflies and pretending to be one. We’ve read a lot about how caterpillars change into butterflies and she loves to act it out.
First she pretends to be a caterpillar. I encourage her to crawl around on the floor like a caterpillar but she’s usually too excited about the next part.
Then I lay a blanket on the floor and have her lay on it like this:
I roll her up in the blanket and we pretend it’s a cocoon. (I have to give credit to the hubby for thinking of this part)
We count to ten while she pretends to change into a butterfly in the cocoon. This is a great time to sneak in a small science lesson about metamorphosis!
Then at ten she squiggles out of the blanket and pretends to be a butterfly! She does this by running around the house flapping her arms like wings. It’s pretty hilarious to watch. This also burns a lot of that energy!
Then we repeat the whole process. Like 20 more times. Little kids LOVE repetition! I may get burned out after the 10th time but I know through this we’re doing several good things at once:
- learning about science
- getting exercise
- spending time together
What do you like to do with your kids when you’re stuck at home? I could use a few new ideas;)