Whether you’re a parent or a babysitter, you know that being stuck inside because of the rain can lead to bored and cranky kids. Rather than spending these days doing chores or watching TV, avoid rainy day blues by organizing a fun and creative activity for you and your kids.
1. Build a fort
Using blankets and sheets, build the ultimate indoor clubhouse. Get creative- the building is always the most fun part. Afterward, enjoy a picnic or game inside your fort.
2. Have a dance party
Put on silly outfits and blast some of your favorite music from childhood- the kids will find the “old” music so funny.
3. Have a treasure hunt
Hide a favorite item (or a treat) somewhere in the house, then give the kids a map or clever clues to find their “treasure”. They will have to practice teamwork!
4. Give makeovers
Play beauty salon and give both boys and girls silly makeovers. Give the girls a manicure and a new hairdo, and give boys a fake tattoo and a cool hairstyle. Then have them model their new looks on a catwalk!
5. Do a baking experiment
Take out all the baking ingredients you have, and get creative! Let each kid pick an ingredient (fruit, marshmallows, cinnamon, etc.) to add to your brownie or cookie batter. Maybe you’ll make a new favorite snack!
6. Make greeting cards
Have kids practice their writing and coloring by creating greeting cards for friends and family. If grandma lives far away, make a few cards just to say hi and mail them to her. Everyone loves getting mail!
7. Have a talent show
This is especially fun for older kids. Create a “stage” and let each kid perform whatever talent they’d like- singing, dancing, playing an instrument.
8. Hold a tournament
Create a card game tournament where the winners advance to the next round, and have a prize for the winner. Play an old favorite, like Go Fish, or teach them a new card game.
9. Have a picnic
You don’t need sunshine for a lovely picnic! Dress in your best summer clothes, set up a blanket and have a picnic lunch. Have the kids draw or paint a sun, clouds, trees, etc. to create the scene.
10. Watch your favorite childhood movie
Rather than watching the same movies you always watch, pull out an old favorite. Tell them you used to watch this movie when you were their age, and watch them try to comprehend the fact that you were a kid once! They’ll love having a look into your past.