Rainy Day Activities: 20 Things To Keep The Kids Busy
Just as you’re getting the kids dressed and ready to head outside for an afternoon of play, dark storm clouds roll in on the horizon and moments later the sky begins to pour. What was supposed to be a release of built up energy for them and an afternoon of “me time” for you quickly has the potential to be chaotic. Luckily you have a list handy for times like these so you can keep the kids occupied while keeping your sanity at the same time.
Create Box Cities
Do you have cardboard (or any kind) of boxes used for transportation or packaging collecting dust in the closet? Have the kids make cities from the floor to the ceiling (or as high as they’ll stack safely) that they can crawl in and out of for hours.
Indoor Treasure Hunt
Hide a favourite toy of theirs, or maybe small amounts of money for kids slightly older. This is a game that keeps on giving since there are infinite hiding spaces for infinite objects. Maybe even make a scavenger hunt of a list of items.
Hide and Seek
When all the household items have been found, hide yourselves! Kids love feeling like they’re given some responsibility so letting them go off on their own for each game gives them a sense of independence.
Put on A Movie
One of the oldest forms of entertainment, a little theatre is always a good idea. Cue up their favourite film and let the screen keep them engaged.
Charades / Puppets
Power out? Find any puppets laying around or simply play old fashioned charades. Games can go on for as long as you’d like.
Is the sun going down? Make use of the darkness and any flashlights or candles and make shadows come alive on the walls!
What might normally be a messy alternative to playing outdoors might now be your best option! Make any and everything from scratch and uses any colourful icing you have on hand to make your child’s inner artist come alive.
Have a contest to see who can draw the best picture of the dramatic storm outside, thunderclouds and muddy puddles and all.
Sacrifice your organized closet for entertainment. Let the kids go through their closet and yours to make the best outfits and hold a fashion show.
Read for hours with plenty of snacks on hand.
So many different games can be played with a deck of cards. Play your favourite or teach new ones. When you run out of card games, make a house of cards!
Trick them into doing chores by offering small rewards for picking up the fastest.
Make Science Experiments
Grab baking soda, glue and any other materials safe to the touch and allow kids of age to create slime and other mixtures, playing with consistency and colours.
Write letters to relatives and friends describing the inclement weather or how your school day went.
Make instruments out of household materials. It might be fun to see who can make noises that sound like the storm outside.
Take a peek inside the fridge and have them come up with recipes for you or their siblings to try.
Take turns telling stories.
Put on your coats and grab an umbrella and take a break outside to hop puddles and dance in the rain.
Have a Dance Party
Put on their favourite songs and dance away all the built-up energy.
Make crafts from recyclable materials in the house.
Any other activities that have worked in your household? Let us know in the comments below.
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