THEME: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Oh boy! We get to spend our whole day focused on FOOD!!
Let’s start with my favorite website to find coloring printables. Click here for Coloring Sheets.
I love starting out this way. As they sit and color, the kids attention is focused, and they chit-chat with each other. I love to listen to their adorable conversations!
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Something to get those little ones up and moving)
It’s time to pull out my special “Fun Box”!
What we find for today is a stack of party cups, and a RED ball. Yep! That’s all we need. The red ball is going to double as our “meatball”.
We are going to take it Meatball Bowling.
Since our location is at the Oregon coast, we are going down to the beach!
We used the red party cups to make the bowling pins out of sand. Pack them full of semi-wet sand, like you would to make a sand castle. We had several cups pre-loaded to make resetting the pins quick and easy!
You don’t have to be on the beach to have your kids try Meatball Bowling. You can pick up a plastic toy bowling set at almost any toy store. Other ideas to use for bowling pins
- empty soda bottles
- empty Pringle’s potato chips canisters
- paper towel rolls
- toilet paper rolls
- soup cans
Be creative! The idea is to get the kids on their feet and moving their bodies.
If you want to take it one step further, take your kids to a bowling alley!
SPECIAL SNACK:(To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)
I LOVE! Love, love these “picnic” gummi candies. I regret not picking up one for me too! I could not resist picking these up at the grocery store, what could be more perfect for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs than a variety of fun foods!!
CREATIVE ACTIVITY: (make a craft, use our imagination)
With our food theme, I decided to go with making a Food Necklace.
This is so simple to make! All you need is some string, and your choice of food. I choose to use Fruit Loop cereal, for the bright colors (and because it’s yummy!) But you can also use Cheerio’s, or uncooked Pasta.
We found that it’s helpful to wrap the end of the string with a small piece of tape. This makes it much easier to thread the cereal onto the string. Also, I tied a spoon on the opposite end so that the cereal doesn’t fall off the string while you are adding more.
I love to see their creativity come out. They sorted colors, and created patterns to design themselves the perfect FOOD necklace. Princess for some reason decided that she needed to change her outfit to better show off her necklace!
Of course the best part is that they get to “snack” on it throughout the day!
WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)
I have to admit, I have a thing for children’s movies. I prefer the light hearted innocence that comes from watching kids movies. Children are lit up from the inside because they have so much innocence and anticipation for life! Allow yourself to share that with them. Spending time with your kids is the most important thing you will ever do as a parent. The most important thing that your kids need is, YOU.