I don’t know about you, but my kids have a very hard time being cooped up when the weather turns wet. Yesterday, our weather was calling for severe thunderstorms, possible tornadoes, hail, strong winds, flash floods, the list goes on. And from the ominous looking clouds, we believed them.
Last year’s storm hit with a frenzy and caught us all off guard. It wiped out 30 of our field shelters and cut a swath of damaged trees, power lines and pulled off the barn roof. “The storm without rain” was what I dubbed it as. In reality – a derecho.
This year, we had warning and we prepared. Animals were moved to lower, sheltered ground and we battened down anything that might fly off. We were as prepared as we could get. Then we waited… we chose jobs on the farm that were close to shelter. No working on pig glens or that far off fence line. Nope, we worked in the hoop houses and around the barns.
The dark clouds came and went all day. It would rain and then stop, blow and then stop. All bark, no bite.
We were thankful!
My kids, however, were restless. Being tied to the house during the summer time is sheer torture. So I started looking for a project – something active, but not too active. Moms, you know exactly what I’m thinking, don’t you?
No throwing balls, wrestling or racing through the house, but they’re not content to color and read books all day long. Games only last for so long. After all, they’re boys (and one active girl!) 🙂
This was one time, when my “Just for Kids” Pinterest page came in handy. I pulled it up. “What to do, what to do.” I scrolled through the ideas. “Ah ha! There!”
We emptied a tissue box and were off! I did not have any marshmallows, so we improvised.
Don’t look at me like that. They’re not your kids 😉 And no, they weren’t launching them at each other. 😀
Lauryn had sorted these into my cupcake pan earlier in the day. So they were all ready to rearrange again!
Now before we go any further, I have to admit something. The instructions call for pipe cleaners and rubber bands, etc. I didn’t have any of those things, (all of our rubber bands must be old, they kept breaking) so we used tape to tie the pencils together and then the kids just held each side of it for launching. It took us about 5 minutes to put it together the Salatin way.
The buttons were launched at Andrew’s little army guys.
Hours and hours of fun with just enough activity to suit any boy! 🙂
I’m curious, what do your kids do on rainy days? I think all of us moms could use some tips for the next storm that might blow through. Not only will the animals be ready, but the moms on the home-front will be prepared as well!
Share your thoughts! 🙂
And now…the long awaited announcement for the winner of Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
And the winner is…
Congratulations, Scott, you have won a copy of Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm
. I’ll email you for your address and get this off to you in the mail asap!
A huge THANK YOU to all of you who entered. I loved reading all of your funny stories and sharing in your journey of learning more about farm life.