Yes, once again I forgot there’s no school.
Yes, I’m cool like that.
I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t your husband the principal?”
Yes, there is a school calendar sent home at the beginning of the school that I apparently don’t look at.
I was actually quite disappointed because I had a whole productive day planned ahead for MYSELF (this doesn’t happen often) of going through toys, writing projects and… then this “No School” thing was sprung on me. It’s wasn’t that big of a deal at least not until I realized:
it’s my no driving day (Ughhh, who came up with that ridiculous idea.),
and it’s about to rain cats and dogs.
I didn’t have anything cool planned for my kids like all the awesome, organized moms (who know when there’s no school) who come up with their own daycamps with crafts and field trips for the kiddos, when there is no school. Does anybody really do that? Probably not but nothing like piling on more unnecessary guilt. It was 8 a.m and I knew we had to do something because these kids were already ANTSY and they had only been up for one hour.
Since it was my no driving day I thought we’ll just have to spend the day enjoying the outdoors nearby. That worked fine for about an hour and then it started raining on us. We got in a good 30 minute walk to my little guys preschool. On our way there we played a game. This game was so fun to do with all three of my boys because it was a game I played with them back when I walked the older ones to preschool. I didn’t even have to say what it was and my 7 year old remembered with excitement and said, “I Spy the Alphabet.” So on our way up the hill to preschool we had to spy the alphabet in print or find something with the sound of that letter. This kept them thoroughly entertained and then we ran home so we wouldn’t get soaked.
On our run down the hill we happened to come across a pile of recycled items. Today is “Recycle Day” in our neighborhood. I picked up a large box in hopes that this would somehow get their creative juices flowing. As soon as we walked in the door they had already come up with projects for this huge box. Unfortunately, their ideas were too lofty. They wanted to make a tree house, a fighter jet, the Taj Mahal (just kidding)… So we ended up making this much more simpler project but equally as cool: (video is less than 20 sec)
We made an Indoor Cardboard Slide! They had sooooo much fun. Actually, I should say WE had so much fun. I had to try it. Can you see our fun graffiti in the background?
This kept them busy for over an hour. First, they experimented with the best way to go down SUPER fast. This picture shows the first method they tried that didn’t work so well. Thankfully, they didn’t take my advice. I suggested to go down headfirst and my 7 year old looks at me like I’m crazy and says, “Mom our faces are going to bump the stairs all the way down.” And a good point he made!
They went down the fastest when they straightened their body.
Just in case you’re concerned there was padding at the bottom of the stairs. The picture above is my dramatic son still screaming from excitement even though he’s just sitting still. It actually didn’t go down as fast as I envisioned so it really didn’t present any danger, thankfully.
After they got tired from sliding we decided to paint some graffiti on our cardboard slide with the fun “blow through the straw” technique. Once the paint dried they slid down some more and some more and some more.
So the lesson learned here is I didn’t have to have a full day of activities planned for us to have fun, just a piece of cardboard.