Obsessed. I’m not sure that word begins to cover Big’s love of sports. His first word was “ball” and there are very few moments in a day when you can find him without one on hand.
He wakes up long before the rest of us to play football on his Leapster. He comes home from school with football fields he and his friend draw during free choice. He wants to wear a college or professional team’s shirt every day. He asked to paint last weekend—a welcome relief—and when I came back out, he’d painted a UCLA vs. S [for Stanford] sign. Did I mention he’s obsessed?
Not only does he have sports on the brain, he’s got movement in the body. He wants to tackle, catch, hit, chase and give commentary on each and every move along the way (and then again at dinner…and then again at bedtime). While we haven’t had much rain around here this year, when we do, I panic a little.
Don’t get me wrong, we love getting out and splashing around, but between having a baby and winter sniffles, there are times there’s no venturing out. So we venture in. Here are a few things we do to blow off steam on rainy days when we’re stuck inside:
1) Build an obstacle course—inside. I set up cones to crawl around, turn trash cans into goals, make the kids do jumping jacks and—the magic of it all—time them. The socks come off and the gloves come on. (It’s true, we take even the silliest of competitions seriously around here.)
2) Play beach volleyball, table tennis and/or have a dance off—inside. That’s right, we save video games for a rainy day treat. (So you can imagine that the boys have one heck of a rain dance.) We fire up the PS3 and alternate between Big’s favorite, Sport Champions, and Little’s Favorite (and mine, of course), Everybody Dance. You’d be amazed how quickly we’re all working up a sweat (both games use the Move controller which means you really have to get into it). The kids learn about different sports and I learn some awesome new moves to try once a year when I happen to meet a dance floor (beyond our living room).
3) Get balloon happy. While the boys would much prefer to bring the pigskin inside, I have to reign them in (or kick them out). We blow up some fresh balloons and find ways to “play ball” without breaking
as much anything. How many times can we hit it in a circle or across the table without it touching the ground? Who can hit it hard enough to get it up in the skylight? Who can keep their balloon in the air the longest? You get the point…
All of these attempts to keep the kids moving—and eventually sleeping—seem to do the trick for us. So, do tell. What are your secrets for getting your kids’ wiggles out when you’re stuck inside?
Disclosure: I’m a proud member of the Play Station Family team and this post was inspired by our interactions and conversations. As a member of this group, I received copies of various games to enjoy with my family, including the ones mentioned in this post. I was not compensated for writing this and all opinions are my own.