It rains a lot in Oregon (until July 5th!), and I have to come up with rainy-day activities that expend little people’s energy without making me completely crazy. Here’s another quick and easy activity that will keep them entertained for quite awhile: a recycled grocery bag punching bag. It works more like tether ball than a punching bag, and if you have more than one child, they can play with it together.
- Plastic grocery bags, about 10
- Piece of yarn, twine, etc.
- A nail or hook for the wall
Stuff one grocery bag with all the other bags (alternately, stuff a bag with recycled paper, newspaper, etc.). Knot top of bag, and tie a piece of yarn around it. Hang string on nail or hook on the wall (or in a doorway).
I would love to try this with a fabric cover (an old t-shirt? an old ruined piece of kiddo’s clothing?).
**REMEMBER: because this activity deals with potentially hazardous items, do not leave your child unattended with this toy. Do not leave it hanging after s/he is finished playing with it.**
Tie a stuffed animal or another soft toy to a string. Kids will enjoy batting this around as well!