Monday, May 01, 2006

Rainy Day Play -

There is nothing like a few rainy days to help us slow down. Catch up. Relax. I have also noticed the children are maybe a bit antsy, needing to stretch and challenge those growing bones and muscles.

It is always fun to go for a rainy walk with an umbrella and boots! Make a stick or aluminum foil boat and float it down the gutters along the sidewalk. Stop and listen to the rhythm of the rain. Feel it fall, drumming all around you.

Once back at home, notice how your child might be incorporating the rainy walk into their play. Something so simple and out of the ordinary. Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) a Russian educator and psychologist said that:

"Play, is the preeminent educational activity of early childhood. - (I love this part) - In play the child behaves beyond his age, above his daily behavior - it is as though he were a head taller than himself. -- Isn't that something to watch for on these rainy days when we can stay so close to each other?

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