It’s Armageddon in Sydney as I type—a once in 100-year storm and no sign of it passing just yet. All over the city countless parents are stuck in doors with young kids who are by now acting like Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining.
I’ve written about rainy day activities when you’re stuck in a hotel room before. Here are a few ideas to help pass the day at home.
Pick a theme for the day.
Some ideas are:
- Art gallery
- A country you would like your child to know more about
The day will be broken into sections, revolving around the theme. I’ll use the art gallery as an example.
- Research: You might have some children’s books on art. Or you can Google some online sites and Youtube clips. Choose one or two famous artists and learn a little about them.
- Create: You need to create the gallery. Paint, draw and sculpt a series of masterpieces. Copy one your famous artists paintings and add that to the gallery collection. Use online printables. Get creative.
- Build: Design and build the gallery in the lounge room.
- Hire: Who do you need to work in a gallery? You can give your child’s toys a lot of these jobs.
- Perform: Act out visiting the gallery. Switch roles around. Be “mother and child” at the gallery. And then try curator and guest. Or an artist.
- Visit for real… online: Visit the Met in New York, or the Louvre in Paris… and check out the collections online.
There are two types of voices—inside and outside. Talk about the various places where each type of voice is appropriate. Now practice using the ‘inside voice’ inside the gallery.
Stand and deliver
Choose a painting. Now how would the artist have moved his arm when painting that? Watch those brushstrokes!
Imitate someone in a painting. Be as still as possible.
Not so still life
Now bring that character to life. How does s/he talk, walk, and laugh?
Take each other for a guided tour. What is the gallery called? Where in the world is it located? What does the gallery display? Be inventive and descriptive as you tour the gallery, pretending to be the curator.
Choose a painting of a man, and one of a woman, and send them on a date. Why do you think they’d make a good match? Where will you send them for their date?
Choose a painting and discuss what period it’s from. Now set it in a different era. How would the subject in the painting look wearing jeans and a hoodie? How would they look on the red carpet?
Sight appears to be your most important sense when you visit an art gallery. What about your other senses? Choose a painting and think about:
- Sound: What sounds are in the painting?
- Smell: Would there be any smells?
- Taste: Is there any food in the painting?
- Touch: What is in the painting? What would it feel like to touch?
- Finally, how does this particular painting make you feel?
Choose a ‘character’ in a painting and discuss what sort of person you think s/he is. What qualities describe him/her?
Find a painting of someone who looks… fearless. Find others who look:
- A bit dull
Choose a theme for the day (or choose two) and then use your imagination. Get creative, fill in time… and learn something along the way.
Remember… this rain won’t last forever. And nor will these precious pre-school years. Enjoy! And see you on Facebook.