Who hasn’t played Simon says at some point (why, a lot of grown ups still seem to play it ever so often at work!)
Anyway, my cousin is visiting this weekend and since it was too wet to go out to the beach or park yesterday, she introduced them to a simple version of this game. The twins were laughing through it all and following her lead on whatever she decided to do – clapping, laughing, making a strange face, stamping their feet, etc. She then tried to get one of the boys to play Simon, but they were not yet ready for that, preferring instead to follow her commands. It’s a great way to get kids to follow simple one and two step commands, imitate, copy simple patterns.
Another thing we tried which was a riot was getting them to walk with a lemon and spoon! We had lemons rolling all along the passage and the boys had a good time! Kept them busy (though the lemons all ended up needing to be squeezed to make lemon juice) and it was a fun activity that introduced them to balancing, walking carefully while holding something. Sid managed pretty well most surprisingly (looks like carrying all out glasses and cups to the kitchen carefully has helped!)
The baby loves watching the action and wants to be a part of everything, squealing in delight with the twins.
We also did some rubbings…did not use leaves for the rubbings, but used the glass panel in the bathroom – it has a bamboo shoot pattern that came out quite well on the plain paper when the kids rubbed crayon over it. They quite liked the concept and tried it on the floor tiles, the bathroom door and the walnut table in the family room. The walnut table had nice results too.
And, when there is that much water outside, nothing like some fun in the water in the house…the boys spent a good chunk of time playing in the bathroom…Sid soaped himself and bathed himself, he helped me bathe the baby, they played with their tea set in the bath and had a blast…baby amu included!