May 11, 2012
-- Sick of being stuck indoors with the kids during the non-stop showers (April showers have seamlessly evolved into the May and June ones)? When skies turn grey and the rain falls, we know that kids often find themselves bored and cranky. In fact, on rainy days, VUPbaby mums tell us that their toddlers and pre-schoolers come down with a terrible case of cabin fever. As a cure, we prescribe one of these BPA & PVC-free traditional rainy day activities, games, or puzzles that encourage physical fitness (and keep bored complaints to a minimum too!).
The popularity of traditional toys has resisted the passage of time and progress for a reason – they are tried and tested at keeping children amused and engaged. Unlike many video games, they require active participation, which can involve the whole family!
One of our favourites here at VUPbaby is the Magnetic Fishing Game (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/content/melissa-and-doug-fishing...
) . A creative way to encourage hand-eye and fine motor development, this ultimate catch and release fishing game uses the magnetic fishing pole to "catch" the ten, colourful sea friends from the game board.
Fun for all the family!
Do you remember the Memory Game (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/content/orchard-toys-shopping-li...
)?! Ideal for those mornings stuck inside or as a travel game, the memory game tests your recall as well as your child’s (just don’t be surprised if they beat you hands down!) . This game is suitable from age 2 and can be played by as many family members as can manage to keep up!
Lacing wooden beads are a great way to fine-tune your child’s fine motor skills. (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/search/node?keys=beads&op=&form_...
) VUPbaby stock a great selection of beads of various types – farm animals, sweeties, garden and animal themes. Making bracelets and necklaces appeals to young children, both boys and girls, and provides hours of fun with the bonus of a gift for mummy at the end of it…
Stamps and Ink are great for card making, collages, scrap-booking or just adding embellishment. (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/
Every child’s arts & crafts materials box deserves some! VUPbaby stock stamp sets that feature zoo animals and shapes, ideal for casual independent play as well as directed projects with mum.
Finally, if you can’t decide on just one game to play to keep your children happy (or you don’t think that just one game would last until the sunshine returns!) VUPbaby stock a selection of game collections from French company Vilac; (http://www.vupbaby.co.uk/
these consist of games like Ludo, Draughts, Snakes & Ladders and Bingo – all games that educate while they entertain. With one box consisting of 25 different games, your little ones won’t have a chance to miss the sunshine!