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Fun Activities (Press Release)

Press release date: 2010-03-22

The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones

has great ideas for anyone, anytime.

Deborahs Favorite Rainy-Day Activities

1. Talking. This is a favorite activity no matter what the weather. My husband and I lay on the floor with our son—with our backs on the floor and our legs against the wall, toes pointed toward the ceiling. We relax; watch the ceiling fan turn, and talk about how our day went and share anything that pops into our heads.

2. Splitter Splatters. A super simple project that yields major happy points with children. Paint a picture or design on to a paper plate, then hold the plate in the rain for a few seconds. The colors swirl together and when its dry, you have a truly unique masterpiece.

3. CD Sun Catchers. Be ready for the sunshine by making these to capture the first golden rays after the rain. Decorate a blank CD with markers and glitter. Then tie a piece of nylon line or string through the center hole of the CD. Hang it in a window and wait for a pretty light show.

4. Animal Walk Parade. This is so much fun you'll soon forget about the downpour. Turn on some very upbeat music and walk like your favorite animal would walk. We laugh ourselves silly with this one.

5. Letter Puzzles. A rainy day is a perfect time to catch up on correspondence. Kids love to participate in their own way by writing a letter, then cutting the letter into interlocking puzzle pieces. Its a project that's fun for the giver as well as the receiver.

Babysitter Boredom Busters

1. Smooch Pictures. Got lipstick? Get ready to have some fun! Just “kiss” a sheet of paper and draw the rest of the face around the smooch.

2. Fingerprint Critters.
Press your thumb on to an inkpad and then on to a piece of paper. Draw legs and antennae for your little critters.

3. Tongue Twisters. Make up funny sentences that roll off the tongue—or tumble out in total terrible confusion for giggles galore!

4. Indoor Camping. Why waste valuable cushions on the sofa when they could be used as walls to your new fort?

5. Dance Party. Each person gets to pick one song, but everyone gets to dance to all of them!

To Grandma and Grandpas House We Go!

1. Family Interviews. No one knows more about your family than grandparents. Use a tape recorder or just a pencil and paper to record details of what life was like when your grand-parents were growing up. What was school like? What clothes did they wear? What was their favorite music?

2. Life Guessing. This is a perfect activity for long walks in the park, or just sitting on a bench and day dreaming. Make up stories about the people you see during your day together. Notice their clothes and how fast or slow they walk. What does the person do for a living? Where are they going? What story would someone else imagine about you?

3. Bread Art. Turn your breakfast into a work of art! Mix a few drops of food coloring into a cup of milk, then use a new paintbrush to “paint” a piece of white bread. Toast the bread for edible art!

4. Balloon Tennis. This is a fun and no-impact sport. Glue a wooden paint stir stick to a paper plate (your racket) and blow up a balloon (the ball). Tennis anyone?

5. “People Who Love Me List.” Show your grandchildren just how special they are by making a list of people who love them. Laminate the list or decorate it, and hang it on the refrigerator for the world to see.


Adapted with permission from The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones by Deborah Shelton © 2002, ISBN: 1-886298-13-0, $12.95 trade paperback, Bayou Publishing, Houston, TX, 800-340-2034,

The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones

by Deborah Shelton illustrated by Frankie Gordon
184 pages 9" x 6" Line illustrations Family Resource Centers Index
Printed 2 color throughout (blue & black)
ISBN: 1-886298-13-0
$12.95 trade paperback original
Publication date: September 2002

Published by Bayou Publishing; available at bookstores nationwide through all major wholesalers, at online bookstores, by visiting or by calling 800-340-2034.

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