It’s been raining for about a week, but it feels more like forty days. So how do you combat cabin fever with seven kids under six (we love having friends visit, did you notice?)? We pushed the furniture to one side, rolled up the carpet and let the kids ride their cars inside for a fun afternoon of bumper cars!

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
We rolled up the floor rug to increase the smooth riding space.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
And the kids were off!

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
We stacked the chairs onto the furniture so it was out of the way.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
The kids loved whizzing around.

Delaney, 9 months old, + Levi, October 2010
The two babies stood in the middle of the room and played with items on a table as the gyrocars whizzed around them.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
With so many girls in the house, it wasn't very surprising that the pink gyro-car was the most highly prized one.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
The kids particularly enjoyed bumping into each other.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
And then it was Dell's turn.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
And M gave E a turn too.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
Even Ruth had a turn!

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
The kids could fit under the table.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
We improvised a traffic light with red, yellow and green cupcake lines. I turned the box to direct the traffic.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
There were some spectacular crashes with awful casualties — including several in which the driver died in this graphic manner.

Riding the gyrocars inside, October 2010
Later the drivers were tied together to create a train of gyrocars.

Riding gyrocars inside, October 2010
The train mostly relied on the lead driver (the engine) to pull everyone else along.

Delaney, 9 months old, + Ruth, October 2010
Here's my gorgeous friend Ruth who kindly brought her kids over for a play!

Thanks for coming over, Ruth! We had a ball!

How about you, how do you play in the wet weather?