The weather report is for dangerous wind chill temperatures. Grandma has no interest in being outside, nor do I want to go through all the work necessary to not only wrestle you into your clothes but than continue on with a winter coat and all other things winter. So, what are we going to do to entertain ourselves all day? Hmmmm. Well, here were your suggestions:
First of all, you WALKED away from me! And that, all by itself, has changed our time together.
The good news is that I’m not having much trouble getting in my 10,000 recommended steps a day. The not so good news is, you already move really fast and you don’t really care what you have to step over to get where you want to go.
Luckily, I can keep up with you and, so far, there have been no bumps or bruises. So, up I get, and follow whereever you go. First stop – rhythm instruments: a little jammin’ with the baby.
First you turn on a little music. You love pushing buttons right now. Green means go. What’s the song choice?
- Mary Had A Little Lamb,
- I’m a Little Teapot,
- Yankee Doodle,
- London Bridge,
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm
I’ve got the advantage. I know the words to all these songs. I sing. You bang on the tambourine. I’m singing away, “Mary had a little lamb, little”…oops, you changed the song. Ok, I’m good. “I’m a little teapot, short and”…whoops, another change. “London Bridge is…Old MacDonald…Yankee Doodle went to…I’m a little…Mary.” And then you’re done with music time, or whatever that was.
And you’re off…
TO THE STAIRWAY?
I can do this Grandma.
I can climb these steps. I’ve been doing these steps for months now.
Come on, Grandma. Climb with me.
So up and down the stairway we go.
This is fun, don’t you think?
Ok, I’m done with that.
Whoa, Grandma, What’s this stuff?
It’s called snow and it’s cold, really cold. Can you hear the wind blow?
Well, it’s interesting, but…
I’m done with that. Come on, Grandma. Read me a story.
And so we read; book after book after book.
Today’s favorites are books with sound buttons and you don’t always want to hear the whole story read. Instead, we go through looking for things you know. So, I just say, “Find the star. Find the crab. Find the football.”
Ok, so that sounds really random but you like it.
And you like books that have doors that open and close, fuzzy, furry, touchy parts, and cats…and dogs.
Books save the day.
Now, just repeat all activities three or four times throughout the day, add a nap…or two if lucky, lunch, and afternoon snack, and we successfully make it though our snow day. No problem.