A while ago I read a some parenting advice that pops into my head when the kids are crabby; "If you have a crab put it in water." So both boys were having a crabby whiny day and wanted to go swimming at the beach. We live in Western New York and its February so going to the beach isn't an option.
So I thought for a minute and grabbed the boys swimsuits. I told them to put on their suits we are going to the pretend ocean. They looked at me like mom has lost her mind. Then I started collecting ocean animal toys and filling the tub. I put a few drops of blue food coloring in the water. They got so excited.
I grabbed some shaving cream and started sticking the animals to the wall.
Then the boys wanted to see if we could stick bigger animals to the wall. I didn't really work but got them thinking and learning.
I also added some bath paints.
They had tons of fun in our bath tub ocean.
So if you find yourself with a crabby kid it might be a good idea to put them in water!