It's been raining for a week and the kids and bored and restless. How do you cure those rainy day blahs? Try some of these parent-tested and kid-approved rainy day activities and ideas and your children will be hoping for another rainy day when the sun finally peaks through.
Share a book.
Pick an action-packed, funny book and take turns reading aloud. Some great choices are My Brother Louis Measures Worms by Barbara Robinson, The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald or Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish. For more great reads, check with your local library. Your librarian should have reading lists available.
Put on a play.
Your children can write their own play and act it out or make paper-bag puppets for additional fun. A great book for quick and easy skit ideas is The Skit Book by Margaret Read MacDonald.
Go on an indoor picnic.
Put out a blanket and pack a basket full of goodies. For a quick but special picnic lunch, jazz up ordinary sandwiches with cookie cutters in animal shapes.
Hold a rainy-day Olympics.
Make the events things that can be done in the house, such as standing on one leg or seeing who can make a bed the fastest. Give the winners chocolate coins instead of medals.
Learn a new craft or hobby.
Check your local library for instructional videos that will tell you how to knit, crochet or paint and buy enough supplies for everyone to give it a try. If you decide to learn to knit or crochet, your children can make scarves or blankets to donate to a local shelter.
Hold a fancy dress party.
Put together a trunk of old cocktail dresses, suits, fancy hats and costume jewelry. Have everyone dress up and give prizes for the most creative and fancy costumes.
Go on safari.
Make an indoor tent by draping a blanket over a table or several chairs. Serve trail mix as a snack and provide binoculars for hunting wild animals. Then pull up a cushion and read Maurice Sendek's Where the Wild Things Are or play a video or DVD about wild baby animals.
Get ready for a yard sale.
Work with your children to clean out the attic, garage and bedrooms. Clean and price all the items and box them up by category so that you can quickly set up your sale on the next sunny weekend.
Have an indoor market.
Buy snacks, activities and other inexpensive items and set up a store table for each child. Provide market baskets and spare change so they can buy from each other and make sure you stop by the shops too. For additional fun, let them keep their profits to restock their shops for the next rainy day.
Make portrait cookies.
Buy a sugar cookie mix, a gingerbread cookie cutter, colored icing and sprinkles. Roll out the sugar cookies and help the kids cut out their people and then let them decorate the gingerbread men to look like themselves, friends and family. For additional fun, find dog or cat cookie cutters so your children can include the family pet.
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