Before long they were trying out an experiment suggested by Bill. One hand was immersed in icy water and one in warm water. After a few seconds the two containers of water were combined and both hands plunged in to see if the left and right hands felt the temperature differently based on their previous sensations.
"Let's do another experiment, Mama!"
Thanks to Steve Spangler and a mention of it by Stephanie at Ordinary Life Magic, I had Alka-Seltzer on hand to try out the Alka-Seltzer Lava Lamp.
"What else should we do?"
How about hexaflexagons? Remember those? Alright then....let's start with an equilateral triangle, and another, and another, fold into a hexagon, turn inside out, and voila!
What else? Mama read-aloud, audio books, and board games.
Sylvia loves playing games and puzzles of all kinds (including on-line jigsaw puzzles by National Geographic), but the cooperative board game about medicinal herbs, Wildcraft is by far her favorite. I enjoy it too, but I have found that with this very talkative, easily distracted girl, my patience level is much improved by having a bit of knitting to hand. It's not as distracting as a book, but just right for taking up when I feel myself wanting to yell, "just. take. your. turn." Instead I can peacefully enjoy a row (or two) of this ruffly scarf that I started ages ago.
So there we have it, a bit of science, reading, math, art, herbal medicine study, and knitting ...all without leaving the house. Time for dinner and a cup of herbal tea. Maybe, we'll be up for a nature walk tomorrow, if not, I wonder what we else can get into....
Do you and your children have any favorite sick day (or rainy day) activities to do?