Are you stumped when it comes to rainy day activities for your kids? Inclement weather can have a way of making a mama of small children feel trapped. The thunder and lightening start, the blahs ensue, and the next thing you know, you’re daydreaming of bedtime. Ahem. Not that I’ve done that personally, or anything. 🙂
The recent string of storms here in central Kentucky got me thinking about some simple, fun rainy day activities for kids. If you find yourself feeling cooped up and stir crazy with your kiddos, consider these 10 ideas to pass the time.
1. Build a fort. Our boys love fort building. Couch cushions, sheets, and blankets are usually involved. They don’t discriminate when it comes to their construction materials! We have some extra large clips that help to secure the sheets and blankets to a sturdy object.
2. Make a fun snack! Rainbow snack, homemade trail mix, alphabet pretzels, popcorn (we have an air popper we love), or homemade cookies. Perhaps it’s because we have a houseful of boys, but food is a sure fire way to please around here.
3. Throw an impromptu “party”. Can anyone really hang on to the blahs when you’re hanging up a happy birthday banner on a random Wednesday? Drag out those streamers and balloons!
5. Got any boxes laying around? Pull them out, along with some washable markers. Allow the kids to be creative by building a house, village, or robot. Thankfully, we almost always have a couple in the garage from our frequent Costco trips.
6. Ask everyone to pick a book or two they want to read. Pile up on the couch with a blanket and cuddle. Read with accents, drama, and use this time as an opportunity to be silly with your kiddos.
7. Host a Lego contest. Ask everyone to build a specific item. For example, around Christmas time, we had a contest to see who could build the most realistic holiday decoration. A friend of mine will post the “entries” to Facebook and allow friends to vote.
8. Use this time to “interview” your children and write down their answers for their memory box or baby book. List their name and age at the top. Ask questions like: What is your favorite color? What do you want to be when we grow up? What is your favorite animal? Why? You might even ask them to tell you a story and dictate their every word. Be sure to draw their handprint on the back.
9. Engage in sensory play. Pull out that extra box of macaroni noodles or bag of rice, pour it in the bottom of a plastic container and add trucks, toy people, some scoops, and a funnel. Consider doing this activity in the kitchen so you can simply vacuum or sweep the mess up.
Now, if you get through all ten of these ideas for rainy day fun, I say you throw in the literal towel and let the kids go play in the rain! 🙂