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Rainy Day Activities To Beat the Blues

Rainy Days

As a former babysitter in my teenage years and the best friend of a super-star in-home nanny, I understand the power of keeping kids occupied during a rainy day. If their attention goes unfocused for even a moment, hullabaloo can break loose and what was supposed to be a nice afternoon at home has turned into total warfare! Try these easy rainy day activities to keep everyone happy and having fun all day!

3-D Paper Ornaments:

You’ll need to gather together scissors, hole punch, yarn, crayons, markers, stamps, stickers, stationery, scrapbook paper, or any other bright, colorful things to make your ornaments come to life on this rainy day. Then, everyone will need to draw two matching shapes on their paper. Tracing cookie cutters is a great way to make sure the shapes match up properly, but freehand drawing and an imagination go a long way as well. Once the shapes are drawn, cut out them out (adult assistance will be needed for younger kids) and then color, sticker, and stamp to your heart’s content on both sides of both shapes. Once your creations are beautiful, take one shape and cut a slit from the top down to the center (not too far!) and on the second shape cut from the bottom up to the center. Put the two pieces together and, voila, you have your 3-D ornament! Punch a hole in the top and tie a piece of yarn through the hole. These can be hung in the window as a pretty decoration, in the child’s room (or play area), on a holiday tree, or any other place that needs some color!

Name Chain:

Everyone needs a little space to call their own, especially if those people are siblings and share a room or play space. You’ll need index cards or other thick paper, scissors, glue stick, hole punch, crayons, stamps, stickers, or anything else to decorate with. Have each child write their name out (one letter to each index card) using large, wide block letters. Cut out the letters and decorate away. The letters don’t have to match, each one can be an expression! When they look fabulous, take the first letter and glue the bottom of it to the top of the second. Continue until the child’s name is spelled out vertically. The letters don’t have to match up perfectly and can hang any way you want! Once dried, punch a hole in the first letter and tie a piece of yarn through it so it can be hung up.

Rainbow Art: 

A rainy day can become brighter with the addition of a rainbow! You’ll need paper plates, markers or crayons, scissors, cotton balls, and liquid glue. Cut the paper plate in half and then cut out a small half circle from the flat side to make a rainbow shape. Use the markers or crayons to color in the rainbow. Make it as traditional or as funky as you want! There are no rules! Once the rainbow is complete glue the cotton balls to each end of the rainbow to make neat 3-D clouds. These can be hung up in the window, on the fridge, or anywhere you want!

Hopefully these rainy day activities will help bring out the creativity in each child while providing them with a fun way to stay busy on the dreariest of days!

Rainy Day to Rainbow

The Importance of Grandparents in a Child’s Life

A couple weeks ago, I was on the phone with my grandmother, who is 82 years old, asking her about some of the history of our family. I told her that I am working on the genealogy of our family and wanted as much information as she could remember. Forty-five minutes later, she gave me more than I would have imagined… you’d think the work was done for me!

She is the last of my four grandparents that is alive, although, the first that passed away was only about ten years ago, which was well into my twenties. I am blessed to have known them and having learned from them. It makes me smile as I watch my parents with their grandchildren.

Importance of Grandparents

There are many advantages to the family as a whole, to the grandparents and to the grandchildren in the grandparent- grandchild relationship. Grandparents can offer the parents a set of helping hands in times of need, they can offer parenting advice and they can even offer stability to the mother and child during times of depression. But, for the child, specifically, if the grandchild feels a sense of emotional closeness, has regular contact with the grandparent, and views the grandparent as a source of social support, a strong emotional bond is created that the child can draw upon during times of stress, trouble and even during joyful, celebratory times.

There are many things grandparents can teach grandchildren. Just like my grandmother was teaching me about our family heritage, grandparents can teach grandchildren about the past and how they grew up. (Oh the stories I’ve heard!) They can also teach them ways to “get along with their parents better” because who has known them longer than they have. (My grandma still tells me that I get along great with my dad.) Mostly, they love to just play with their grandchildren and not have to be the disciplinarian. They like to be able to be the adult in the child’s life who can have fun, while still teaching them life’s lessons along the way.

I am so grateful for my grandparents. The things they taught me along they way, the relationship I had with them… I think I’ll go send my grandma a note from Amy Adele.

Teacher/ Grandparents