When we are stuck inside the house, either due to rain, or oppressive heat and humidity, I find it is harder to come up with ways to entertain Simon if he has a lot of energy. I wrote a while ago about our indoor bowling, as an example of one way to get moving and have fun, even if we can’t go outside. Today I thought I would share another simple indoor physical activity: making a blanket tunnel.
I think we have all done this at some point during our childhood: throwing blankets over furniture to make tunnels or forts and then spending hours making-believe we were fighting dragons, spelunking caves, or fortifying our defenses. (I know I did.) What we probably never considered is just how physical of an activity it can be for a little body to do all that crawling around to go in and out and act out our imaginary scenarios.
Simon and I did just that recently, on one of the most humid summer days. I hung a blanket between two chairs and used a couple of toy bins with pillows on top as weights to keep the blanket in place. Simon had a blast crawling through (and making Mumma crawl through too), over and over. After a while we rolled balls back and forth through the tunnel, and drove cars through as well. It was a terrific way to spend some time playing with my little guy, and he got to stretch all his growing muscles, despite being in the house.
Have you made any blanket forts or tunnels lately?