The weather is warming up here in California, and we are spending more and more time outdoors. Recently, when we were outside, my daughter "A" found her toy broom and started sweeping. That got me to thinking about different games we could play with that toy broom. It was a few dollars at Target and quite the bargain when you consider all the things you can do with it besides sweeping. Here are 5 of our favorite ways to play.
My girls love when I hold the broom at various heights and they have to try and go under. When I hold the broom high, it's easy but as the broom gets lowered they have to find creative ways to go under. None of them can do the traditional limbo stance yet, but they have crouched and crawled under. This is made all the more annoying fun because they chant "limbo, limbo, limbo" the entire time we play.
2. Up and Down
Another game where an adult holds a broom. It's kind of like limbo except that instead of keeping the broom steady you move it up and down while the child tries to run past. "A" loved this game. She would laugh every time the broom would come down just as she was running.
3. Jump the broom
Place the broom on the ground and have your child run back and forth while jumping over the broom. I did this too and let me tell you it was some good exercise. Who needs a gym membership when you have a broom?
4. Broom Hockey
"A" lined up her letter shells and then took aim. She loved seeing how far she could make the letters go using her broom. Bottle caps would work great with this and would even resemble a hockey puck.
5. Broom Balance
This one was the most challenging for "A." I asked her to hold out her hand with her palm open and I placed the broom on it. It fell a number of times before she was able to balance it for a few seconds.
I hope I have given you some ideas for fun games that will sweep away boredom.
Hi, I'm Vicky. I spent 10 years teaching and have a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Currently, I am a stay at home mom to three girls - 4 year old twins and a 3 year old. I use my educational background to create activities that foster learning and fun. I love saving money while teaching and entertaining my kids, and I share those budget friendly ideas here on Mess For Less. Thanks for stopping by!
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