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Rainy Day Play

Marching Band

You don’t need 76 trombones to lead a big parade. All you need are some willing band members and some imagination. The music you make may not hit the top of the charts, but the fun you’ll have is solid gold.

What you’ll need: Musical instruments, or make your own with pots and pans, beans in a coffee can, a plastic container filled with water, or upside-down buckets
Who’s playing: Grandparents and preschoolers
How many: 2 or more

Lead your “band” around the house and/or outside, and up and down stairs, reminding them to march by bringing their knees up high as they go.

How Many?

This game not only gets kids moving, but helps them count. Does your child know how to count in a foreign language? Challenge him to count in Spanish, too!

What you’ll need: Your imagination
Who’s playing: Preschoolers, grade-schoolers
How many: 1 or more

Grandparents can ask kids to find out how many skips, jumps, and hops it would take to get from one place to another. For example, how many skips would it take to get from the car to the house?

Ice, Ice BabyIce, Ice Baby

Forget the etiquette school lesson of balancing a book on your head—this version is way “cooler,” while still teaching grace and balance. The giggles are worth the effort!

What you’ll need: One ice cube per child
Who’s playing: Preschoolers, grade-schoolers, tweens, and grandparents
How many: 1 or more

Challenge kids and grandparents to balance an ice cube on their heads. See who can walk the farthest without falling!

Halftime Show

Say the words “Hannah Montana” and you won’t have to do much prodding to get kids to start singing and dancing. Who—or what—else will your child get a kick out of imitating?What you’ll need: A remote with a mute button

Who’s playing: Grade-schoolers, tweens, and grandparents
How many: 1 or more
Prime time: Every day

Every time a commercial comes on, press the mute button and have grandparents and kids give you a floor show—sing, dance, or act out what just happened in the show they’re watching.

Excerpted from Sneaky Fitness: Fun, Foolproof Ways to Slip Fitness into Your Child’s Everyday Life, by Missy Chase Lapine. Available now from Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group, at © Copyright 2010.

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