South Florida is experiencing its rainy season. From May until June, it simply pours here. I can remember my daughter as a young child getting stir crazy with having to stay inside during the rain. The rains are often so torrential that we have much flooding. I comprised an agenda of fun and unusual games to occupy her when the storms came in for the day. May these ideas help you and your child on a rainy day–
Painting On Unexpected Surfaces
All kids love to paint, but where they paint often concerns parents. Painting is actually therapeutic. Find an object that totally surprises your child and let them paint as much as they want. Some neat items to paint are blue jeans, the back of the bedroom door, or the inside of the bathroom cabinet.
Making Play Dough
My mother showed me how to make play dough when I was a young child. The recipe is very simple. This is no-bake, so you do not have to worry about the kids around the stove.
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
food dye-5-6 drops depending on the hue desired
Mix and have fun!
Take a piece of cardboard, I used old gift boxes, and draw an animal on flower. Then cut the pieces to make a puzzle. The kids like to work with a self-created puzzle. Keep them and reuse them as much as you want. I store them in old plastic containers.
Consider buying seeds and creating a small inside garden. You can put your seeds in plastic cups, muffin tins, or even old egg cartons. Just make sure to check the expected full growth of your plant and pick the container accordingly. You will need to poke a few small holes in the bottom of your planter.
All of these rainy ideas are low budget and easy to do. You can get a few hours of entertainment out of each of them. So grab the remote, cut off the television, and begin to have rainy day fun.