It’s been raining a bit here in Phuket, so we have not done much in the last few days. Well, except keep our daughter, Zoë, occupied as best we can. I decided to write about how I have been keeping her entertained lately. Maybe some of these games will seem fun to you and your little ones and you can spend massive amounts of time playing them like we do. I love my kid more than my own life, but playing with a 3-year-old 10-12 hours a day… well, what can I say, it can be a bit tough.
So without further hesitation, here are the
Rainy Day Games that Zoë and I Are Playing This Week:
1. Sleeping Booty
Named for the adorable way that Z says Sleeping Beauty, this game merely consists of us taking turns being Sleeping Beauty or Prince Charming. Prince Charming wears a dish towel cape and runs around the house while Sleeping Booty lays in my (usually freshly made) bed and “sleeps.” Then Prince Charming kisses Sleeping Booty on the hand and she wakes up. We switch characters and do this over and over and over… again. And each time I am the lucky one that gets to lay in bed and “act” like I’m sleeping I am told that her name is Sleeping Booty, not Aurora, she tells me this each time we switch characters. She must really think I did lose half my brain when I had her.
In this game, we pick different types of toys and household items to sell to each other. One of us will be the shopkeeper and the other will be the shopper-shopper (she doubles words for labels most of the time, cat cat, etc.). The shopper-shopper has to count out the correct amount of coins to pay for the goods that she is buying. We take turns being the shopkeeper and shopper. Oh, and you must have one bag for each item bought. That is Z’s rule for the game.
This game is actually an excellent way to enhance a toddlers ability to count . Zoë is 3 years old and we are working on some very basic addition and subtraction using the counting of the coins to pay.
This involves one person (usually me) in some sort of life-threatening peril (like my leg falling off the chair or something) and calling for help from the “Superhero”. To be the superhero you MUST wear a dish towel cape and cry out, “I will rescue you!” when the yell for help is heard.
4. Time for The Show!
Zoë is a natural little actress and a director as well. She loves to be the center of attention and loves to tell one how to put on a show. This game consists of us taking turns being the dancer/actor/storyteller and the other being the wildly applauding crowd. The only rules are that the “Crowd” must clap and cheer, and the dancer/actor/storyteller must start the show with an introduction. The louder all of this is, the better.
What games do you play on rainy days with your toddler? Leave a comment and let me know so I can steal the games and widen Z and I’s creative play time. 🙂 Thanks!