Sunday, January 6, 2013
It's that time of year where we have a lot of indoor recess at school, and for Churry, a lot of creativity with getting out some energy inside at home, too. It's hard to go on outings when she comes in caked in mud every time she goes outside, so I've been trying to balance short outdoor fun with some indoor games to keep her entertained and happy. One game that I played a lot with her last year is a "listening" game. I started off with throwing a ball and making her "wait" to be released before she went and got it. Then, I made it more difficult by putting her in a stay, walking away from her, throwing it, and then having her do some sort of command going AWAY from the ball before she could go retrieve it. It took a lot of work last year and I was so proud of her for learning the rules of the game. I hadn't played it with her for a long time, so yesterday when I didn't feel like going out with her I decided to play it again. I was pleased that she needed no reminders of the rules. You could tell she knew she was going to get "tricked" so she was listening really carefully to what I would say. But, it wasn't challenging for her at all. So, I need suggestions for indoor games to keep her brain busy! I'm out of ideas!