The noggin has been full and I've been up to my eyeballs. That's my excuse anyway. I've also been running rather a lot (for me). I've been eight times now in total and it seems to be helping so hoorah for that. Although I am NOT looking forward to the next run which claims to make me run (under protest) for a full five minutes in a stretch for several times throughout this hard-hitting workout. You may laugh at this hardened runners within my readership (all two of you, love you Mum and Dad x), but know this, I cannot run for a bus so imagine my uphill struggle and sympathise. There, that told you didn't it.
Anyway, I'm babbling on and not talking about what I wanted to talk about. Why do I get so distracted and tangential when speaking to you? It's because you're so interesting and ever so good at listening... Argh! I'm doing it again.
OBSTACLE COURSES. There. This is what I want to talk about. Stick to the topic woman.
The poor LLO has chicken pox so we are in solitary confinement for a few days. He's doing very well and is actually in a lovely mood and fine in himself which, considering the spots, shows that he has inherited his father's good temperament (and his mother's
Amongst all the books, most of which seem to be pig-based these days, toys, games, peekaboos (he calls them "IGGABOOooooos"), colouring, comics, naps and cuddles in front of the telly, we have also been out in the garden a lot and even braved the park when there was no one around which my doctor said was fine (so don't bother trolling me about that one, ye trolls). As well as this, I tried out The Indoor Obstacle Course For Toddlers when it was raining. We did this when he was much smaller but he really loved it this time.
The idea is that child does the course in bare feet and learns about texture and materials, as well as balance and other gross motor skills. Be that as it may, it's all jolly good fun and no human can complete this course without a smile on their face. You can get really fancy with it and go all around the house, but as the wee chap is flagging a little, we just made it in the hall. I swapped the various components around and it seemed to make it all the more fun for him.
This idea came from a book I got out of the library called Child's Play which is a Montessori book that I got for some ideas for rainy days. And as it happens, "rainy day activities" was the last PBloggers discussion that I have just written up. So for more rainy day (or poorly-but-ok-to-run-around-a-bit) ideas, please check out the blog (click on the screengrab below!)
|How the PBloggers Community entertain their families on rainy days|
*The blonde afro-wig, obviously from my mis-spent youth, was known throughout the game as "the woolly woolly hat". I was not permitted to wear it and was clearly told NO when thinking this would be a good idea.