It’s hot. So, so hot. And you can only spend so much time outside, even in the pool, before you start to feel like you’re melting. I really start to feel like I’m wilting away into nothing, even when I’m in the shade!
So, what do we do indoors to stay cool but still have fun without watching TV?
“Sleeping Man” Okay, you’re probably saying – Rachel, WHAT in the world is this picture? Well, this is us playing ‘dead man’ – the kids picked it up at a party we attended where some older children were playing a game – ‘dead man’ in a bouncy house. Someone plays the dead man and has to walk around the bouncy house with their eyes closed to tag another person, who then becomes the dead man. Of course, if you’re uncomfortable with the name, you can change it to ‘sleeping man’ or something less weird – or you could go to the opposite end of the spectrum and call it a ‘zombie’
We don’t have a bouncy house, and the kids cannot walk around with their eyes closed – they always open them. To fix this, we use this sleeping mask to blindfold them. You say a little rhyme – ‘sleeping man, sleeping man, come alive, when I count to number 5…1, 2, 3, 4, 5!” and then you try to guide the blindfolded person to you with your voice. I’m always saying: “Don’t run, watch out for walls,” etc since I don’t want the kids to get hurt, and somehow the other child always ends up ‘walking’ right into the other one. They love playing this game – we play it over and over!
“The Guessing Game” This game can take a few different forms, but at home, we use the sleeping mask as a blindfold again. Then the un-blindfolded people bring objects to the guesser and they have to guess by feeling. We’ve also done this with food – smelling a banana, lemon, cinnamon and vanilla can be really difficult – but it’s a fun game for the kids to use different senses!
“Indoor Hopscotch“ I love buying the large rolls of paper at Ikea – and we have a big area in our dining room where I can roll out a lot of paper and create indoor hopscotch. The kids are still learning how to jump without ripping the paper, though.
Xbox Kinect: This is an amazing invention! I love the Kinect, and we have some awesome games for it! One favorite game is Kinect Rush – which features the characters from several popular Pixar movies – Toy Story, Cars, etc. My kids love this game and it’s easy for them to navigate, which is crucial with the Kinect. And I happen to have an extra copy of Kinect Rush that I’m giving away! Enter via the Rafflecopter form, below!
This giveaway is sponsored by Small Steps on Our Journey and is not affiliated with Kinect, Xbox, or Pixar in any way!