Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rainy Day Blues: How We Keep Active on Rainy Days

I knew it was supposed to rain again today and that we'd more than likely end up staying home.

I wanted to have some stuff on hand to do just in case the kids got antsy and bored.



After breakfast we dove into a quick and easy father's day questionnaire.  I handed them each a dad sheet and a grandfather sheet and they filled them out.   I was cracking up reading some of their answers and I know my husband, step- father and father- in - law will all get a kick of these come father's day. 

Looking up the spelling of some of the words 


Ian put in another movie to watch while I was finishing up with his brothers and I knew I had lost them for a bit.  It is our summer vacation and it's raining out so it was the perfect excuse to watch a movie.

Evan spotted his Spiderman Story Studio by Crayola that he had brought home from my grandmother's the other day and asked if he could that.  We uploaded a photo of him and created a superhero that we then put into a Spiderman comic book.  We printed it out and colored part of it in.

Alec wanted a turn too so we created a second superhero and book and printed that out as well.  We've used these in the past and the boys just love reading the stories later that they helped create and actually have their names in.


I'm all for anything that inspires them to read so I love these stories too.  While the stories were printing I pulled out these book I have for the boys called Hold That Thought For Kids and asked them each a page's worth of questions. 

It's a great keepsake of the boys thoughts and growth that I started with them as soon as they could all talk.  It's neat to look back and see how much they've grown.
  
While watching the movie Ian was working on creating with the Jovo blocks.  He made several different shapes and creations.  His house came out just amazing.

I love how he just keep creating new and unique things; never using instructions or picture ideas.  He just starts snapping away and watches to see what shapes take form and inspire him. 








The boys went off to get ready and then the next thing I knew they were all getting into costumes and rehearsing songs to sings.  They played together pretty nicely, rehearsing their moves and songs.  I was supposed to be the judge, but somehow we never got around to that as they could never all agree on when they were "ready."



After running a few errands we sat down to read One Odd Day and Z is for Zeus.  We've had these books for a while but lately we seem much less "school oriented."

After reading was finished Evan went off to play Greek Gods-- he was a god like Zeus, but not Zeus.  He had powers to make all leaves and vines connect and come together for animals and humans that need them.  It's great when his imagination combines with what we're learning about.
   
We booked a trip to Disney a few days ago and the boys have already started asking me how much longer until we go, on pretty much a daily basis.  We don't leave until the fall so I mentioned making a paper chain and tearing a link off everyday.

I cut paper strips last night and handed the kids the calendar.  I had them figure out how many days we have until we leave.  I asked them to try and come up with several ways that we could figure out how many days we have left.  They told me they could count each day, add up the weeks and multiply by 7, add the number of days each month and just count the days left in this month.

Once we determined how many days we had left we counted out the correct number of paper strips and I showed them how to start stapling them together to make a chain.

I made Alec double check Ian's counting
Ian timed himself, kept counting how many he had done, looked
at how many he had left, counted by two's, and applied all sorts
of math concepts to making his paper chain. 
Alec sat down to read his new favorite book: Angry Birds Playground: Animals and it seems to be part of a series of books put out by National Geographic.  Evan continued to play his Greek god game that he made up as he went along as Alec often read snippets of his book out loud to whomever wanted to listen. 

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