So, it just so happened that Snowpocalypse 2015 hit about the same time our first real colds started.
Yeah… ^^^ This picture kinda sums it all up.
We were stuck in the house in a sleep-deprived, snot-filled, teary haze. The Little Man, who was grumpy and clingy, not to mention throwing up started the whole event. Then the Baby, who has sleep issues on a normal day, came down with it and her inability to breathe severely exacerbated her sleep issues. Plus, because of all of the cold I had all 3 kids in bed with me so getting comfortable to sleep even when I could sleep was impossible… king sized bed or not.
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Ok, fast forward to week two. We’ve slept and subsequently woken up from our haze. The kids are feeling better but not well enough to take in public even if we could. We have major cabin fever. So, what do you do with 2 sick-but-getting-better kids who suddenly have pre-sick energy, 1 grumpy kid who has basically spent the last week playing Wii while Mommy and Daddy take care of the Littles, and snow keeping us all cooped up?
An obstacle course of course!
I pulled out chairs, beanbags, foam blocks, and anything else I could think of and made a path through the playroom, into the kitchen, down the hall and back into the playroom. We started with one course and kept changing things up as the kids went through trying new things to make it better.
An added bonus was taking the time to make this a direct learning experience for the Little Man with a lot of opportunities for him to learn OVER, UNDER, AROUND, IN, OUT, and THROUGH. Plus, we worked on our gross motor skills as we hopped, jumped, climbed, crawled, skipped, walked backward, etc.
What I really like about an obstacle course is that it doesn’t take any extra things. No stash of craft supplies, ingredients, or ingenuity needed! And the kids loved it! I’m usually wordy, but in this case a picture is worth more than words here:
We spread the pads apart and pushed them closer together for different challenges. The Baby wanted to do everything big sister and brother did so we had to make sure she could. The stool swiveled so sometimes they would sit and swivel and sometimes they would just climb over. At one point, they were jumping off the couch, which probably wasn’t a great idea, but they were having so much fun I overlooked it. (Hopefully, they aren’t learning that couch jumping is a good idea.) We had a large bucket that became all kinds of different obstacles- climbing in and out, climbing over, climbing under.
Of course, all of this crazy did make the house a mess! But I think it was worth it. At the end of the day, we used up some energy, and had a lot of fun.
I read the book Going on a Bear Hunt by Little Simon after the obstacle course became uninteresting to the kids just to repeat a lot of the directional concepts (over, under, around) we learned through the obstacle course.
What did you do during Snowpocalypse 2015? For that matter, what do you do during snow days period?