Rainy mornings make for great fun in our house. From children crawling in our bed due to loud lightening to snuggles during cartoon time. It makes for a lazy morning. After getting the kindergartner off to school it became a board game morning. If you have spent any length of time around a toddler you know they can do the same activity endlessly. Two of the games that I can also do repeatedly, and not pray they get bored quickly, are Hoot Owl Hoot and Let’s Feed the very Hungry Caterpillar.
Hoot Owl Hoot has a unique concept as it is a cooperative play game versus the traditional win/lose concept. Children are tasked to work together to get all the owls back to their nest before the sun comes up. This is done using colors, no reading or math is required. The age range is 4 and up but our 3 year old has no problem playing this game. To make it more fun for the kids each time an owl flies over another owl I have them hoot and flap their wings.
Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar is based on the children’s book, which my kids adore. This game involves counting from 1-5, colors, fruit identification, and making a butterfly puzzle. The butterfly puzzle is the kids favorite part.
Both games are fun and easy for the kids. Plus neither game takes a huge amount of time, so it is easy to play multiple times in a row. Also, for parents of multiple young children these are great games for you. The older children are entertained and happy to be spending time with you. You only need one hand to play either game and that leaves the other hand to work with baby. This morning I had the baby in the high chair for feeding time during the Hoot Owl Hoot game and bouncing on my lap for Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar game.