*Nothing to do with this post, but my mother bought talking Care Bears for the kids for Christmas one year. One of them is Cheer Bear (the one with the rainbow on it's tummy) and whenever you touch it it yells "Have a Rainbow Day" in this annoyingly saccarine voice. It's especially fun when the Princess rolls on it in the middle of the night or if the kids leave it lying around and one of us steps on it in the dark. Is it any surprise that when I wanted to title this post, it's the first thing that popped in my head? Thanks, Mom.
Our local library runs a pre-school program, as most libraries do. Once a week we can go to the library, choose our books, have stories read to us, do a related craft, and have a snack. In the summertime it flips into high gear with DAILY activities (which I'll probably end up blogging about soon). A couple of weeks ago we had the car and planned to go, but the Boy threw up just after we dropped Hubby off at work. I got him some water and crackers and he said he was fine and still wanted to go to the library, so away we went (he had had only big glass of milk and a yogurt for breakfast and I thought it was just a touch of motion sickness). We barely arrived at the library though when he got that look, and we made it to the bathroom just in time. Better safe than sorry, so I apologized to the librarian and gave Sweetpea 2 minutes to choose new books. I really didn't want to be the mom who shared a virus with an entire village of preschoolers. The librarian (I love all librarians but ours is super special) didn't want the kids to miss out, so she gave me a quick look at the craft and included it when she checked out our books. I took it home and forgot all about it.
Cue up a rainy Saturday. A Saturday so rainy that my Guide camp-out got cancelled due to rain. A dark, dreary sort of Saturday; the kind that makes you want to stay in bed with a fluffy novel that you won't be able to finish because of too much napping.
On this dark, depressing Saturday where mom is already extra grumpy because she can't go camping--Sweetpea remembers the library craft. We get it from the library bag. It's paper plates cut in the shape of fish. What kind of fish? Why the Rainbow Fish, of course! Our sweet librarian even included an extra plate so the Princess wouldn't be left out. I raided the scrap stash to make a bunch of scales and even sacrificed some shiny silver paper so that every fish could have a shiny scale. The kids were kept busy for over an hour arranging their scales just so....
When we finished making our Rainbow Fish, we watched our copy of the Rainbow Fish movie. We coloured Rainbow Fish pictures, we read Rainbow Fish books (I picked up several spin-offs at the Dollar Store last year) and the kids played Rainbow Fish (and practiced sharing) all day. They even started trading scales, ripping them off their fish and glueing them on someone else's. It was a totally spontaneous, totally fun day, and made us forget all about the rain. The only thing that could have made it better would be if I had some goldfish crackers in the house, but I'm the only one who even noticed. The kids were having too much fun.
Next time you have a yucky rainy day, turn it into a rainbow day! I promise you'll love it. We sure did! (though next time we might have to have an indoor teddy bear picnic...or a dinosaur hunt...pick your theme)
Here are our beautiful rainbow fish (before scale swapping commenced).