7 Rainy Day Activities for Kids
May 15th, 2013 posted by Leah Blomberg
It’s raining outside with no signs of letting up. Your kids are getting restless and you don’t want them crying the “I’m bored blues” all day. Who says being stuck indoors has to be boring? Here are seven fun activities to keep your kids entertained while stuck inside.
- Macaroni Art – Grab some paper, glue, and some uncooked (or cooked) pasta, macaroni and spaghetti work great. Your children can glue the noodles onto paper or the back of a cereal box. They’ll have lots of fun making pictures with the noodles. Encourage your children to make self-portraits, their name, or for younger kids a letter of the alphabet or a shape. For colorful pasta, have them paint their noodles once the glue has dried. Another option is to make your own colored pasta.
- Have a Baking Day – Do you and your kids like to bake? Let your kids pick out a favorite recipe and bake up a storm. Make a project out of it by dropping a few of your goodies off at a friend or neighbor’s house for them to enjoy as well. Not sure what to make? Try one of these kid friendly recipes.
- Movie Marathon – Pop some popcorn, grab some drinks and healthy snacks and let each family member pick out a movie they enjoy. Pile on the blankets and pillows and get comfy with an all day movie-thon. For some real fun, set up a “concession stand” on your kitchen table and make cardboard cars for your indoor drive-in. Let your children dress up as movie stars. Take some pictures and “interview” them before the big premier starts. If you have a red blanket, it will work great for the red carpet at your premier!
- Throw a Un-Birthday Party – Have some left over birthday party supplies? Let your kids decorate the house, help you bake a cake or some cupcakes, and throw a surprise un-birthday party for someone. Maybe the dog or your child’s favorite teddy bear is your un-birthday guest of honor! Light some candles and sing “Happy Birthday” to the un-birthday person.
- Build a Fort – Building forts makes for great rainy day fun, and also gets the creative juices flowing. Gather a bunch of blankets and pillows and let your children get creative and construct their own fort. Here are 6 ideas for creative fort play and instructions for making a fun fort flag!
- Let Them Plan Dinner – Planning dinner is usually a parent’s job, so involving the kids in this fun activity makes them feel very special. Some fun ideas include having an indoor picnic or lighting some candles and turning the lights off to have a romantic dinner for your whole family. Theme nights are always fun and can help drive away the rainy day blues.
- Indoor Hopscotch – Get the kids moving with a fun game of hopscotch inside! You can use painters tape, long paper, the back of cereal boxes, or even paper plates to lay out your hopscotch board. If you don’t have beanbags, make your own by filling sandwich bags with dried beans or peas, sealing the bag and placing it inside a child’s sock. Not only will this cure rainy day boredom but it will also get the kids to get up and moving around.
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