We are having an extraordinarily wet spring where we live, and I’ve had to reach deep into my bag of Mommy Tricks to find ways to pass the rainy days. A few weeks ago, my preschooler came up with an easy and fun game that we have discovered has many variations: the indoor safari.
Her original idea was to go on a “bug safari” inside our house. We got out a bag of insect foamie stickers and each of us hid them all throughout the house. Since our shovels and pails were suffering from inattention due to many days in a row of not being allowed outside, we decided they would be perfect for gathering the bugs we found on our safari.
Everything is a race these days for my four year old, so we counted backward from ten and set off to try to gather as many bugs as we could find. I enlisted the help of my toddler for my team, and she was thrilled to add bugs to our bucket. (Even more fun for her was taking them out to re-hide them!) Once all the bugs were collected, we met in the living room, dumped the contents of our pails onto the floor, and admired our finds.
First we played with numbers by counting how many bugs each of us had captured. Then we enjoyed some categorization by sorting the bugs into piles of same colors and then into piles of same creatures. When we finished that part of the safari, both girls had fun placing some of their bugs onto pieces of construction paper to display the results of the morning’s safari.
This is a fun activity that can take lots of different directions. You could
- find exotic creatures online, print and color the pictures, and cut them out and go on safari to find them
- hide stuffed animals from your child’s collection and search them out. Older kids might like to classify them by the continent they live on or by what kind of ecosystem they call home
- cover animals with blankets in one room and let babies play peek-a-boo as a safari alternative for your littlest ones
Okay, moms and dads of Simple Kids – let’s hear from you! What is your favorite rainy day play? Please share your idea here and you may find it featured in an upcoming edition of our Rainy Days series!
Photo by Flora