10 Summer DIYs For Rainy Days

Most summer days are perfect for enjoying outdoor play, but when rain makes sure to drive kids inside, that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Imagination (and maybe a few art supplies) are all that’s needed to make some of your best summer days the rainy ones. Read on for 10 fun ways to have a blast inside this summer. 

  1. Air Fort: You will OFFICIALLY be the coolest parent ever for creating an air fort. Bonus points for being a cool way to beat the heat, too!
  1. Sticky Spiderweb: MUCH less messy than it sounds–promise!
  1. Painted Stones: Take a break from the classic paper canvas. These will also make cute grandparent gifts as is or with a magnet glued to the back!
  1. Huge Roll Of Butcher Paper: Forget paintings for the fridge. This is a mural for the hallway!
  1. Mini Ice Hockey. We’d also try this with a slightly larger cookie sheet!
  1. Foam Dough: This one is EXACTLY as messy as it sounds.
  1. Motor Skill Activities: Specifically for the tiny ones, these activities are designed to keep toddlers occupied but also to develop fine motor skills!
  1. Sponge Jenga: This one is also just fun to say.
  1. Indoor Camp Out: There is nothing, repeat, nothing more fun than an indoor camp out. Complete with construction paper fireplace and microwave s’mores of course! You can also try illuminating your faux campfire with string lights!
  1. Tunnel With Lights: We’re guessing the exterior of this wonder-tunnel will be fun to decorate, too!

shaniShani Silver is a writer and social media strategist living in Brooklyn, NY. Shani has held writing and editing roles at Refinery29, Free People, Keep.com, and is now the Director of Digital Content at domino.com. Her first love is writing, and she’s found a home for doing what she loves in web-based content. She is originally from Texas visits her family there often. 

What Kiki Schaffer Learned from Her Mom

kikiWe recently sat down with Kiki Schaffer, Director of the Parenting, Family and Early Childhood Center, to talk about her mom and what she learned from her. 

Come hear Kiki tell her true life mother stories on November 25th atWHAT’S THE MATTER? A night of storytelling with your favorite Jewish mamas,” an evening produced by Kveller.com and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

Question: Describe your mother in five words.

Answer: Strong, loving , adventurous, dramatic, glamorous.

Question: What did you learn from her about motherhood?

Answer: I learned to be fiercely loyal to my family.  And I learned that spending time with my children was life’s greatest joy. My mother was a brave, bold, independent woman, but she worried so much about her kids’ safety and happiness.  I learned there must be something about giving birth that releases into the Mama a long-lasting worry hormone.

Question: Does she influence the way you teach parents to parent at the Y?

Answer: Absolutely.  I carry her inside of me always.  She was the quintessential caregiver.  My mother was also a lot of fun.  She had very creative strategies for those challenging parenting moments, strategies that involved playfulness and surprise:  inventing games,breaking into song in tense moments, acting out little shows, word plays.  But she was also very, very critical and sarcastic.  That is something that I wanted to avoid as a parent and parenting professional.

Question: Can you give us a little sneak peak of the story you will be telling about her on the 25th?

Answer: In 1941 my parents left Brooklyn Harbor on a freighter bound for Africa.  Their ship, the Robin Moor, was about to become the first US ship to be torpedoed by the Germans during WW II.  They were given 20 minutes to get into lifeboats and then they watched the German submarine sink their ship.  What happened after that was the stuff of an enduring family story.

Make sure to join us at this unique event where you can hear writers get personal about their lives as modern-day mothers. Featuring writers from the Forward, Kveller, Tablet and LABA Fellows, including: Carla Namburg, Jordana Horn, Tamara Reese, Adina Kay-Gross, Marjorie Ingall, Brooke Berman, Karen Hartman, Elissa Strauss, Adi Ezroni and LABA teacher Ruby Namdar on the meshugganah mothers of the Torah.

WHAT’S THE MATTER? A night of storytelling with your favorite Jewish mamas takes place November 25, 2013 from 7-8:30pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Tickets are $10. Click here for tickets and for more information. Come from the kvetching, the kvelling, and the free wine.