It’s raining again! The kids are bouncing off the walls because they can’t go outside. Here are some fine things to do that won’t cost you a cent (or very little) to do with the kids and keep them busy all afternoon!
Here are some Rainy Day Activities for Kids:
Water Bottle Bowling – Make this fun Water Bottle Bowling Game! Perfect for indoor rainy days!
Make Your Own Movie – Have the kids help decide on a plot for the movie and write a small script. They can find costumes and make scenery and act out their movie while mom or dad films it! You can also watch it later that day or that night with a bowl of popcorn!
Go Camping – Set up a tent, or fort, in the living room. Make a pretend fire and make s’mores (some great recipes here).
Binocular Scavenger Hunt – Make a list of outdoor things you can see from various windows, using—surprise— binoculars. Be sure to vary the items from the teeny-tiny (say, a broken but beautiful bit of green glass) to the exceptionally large (say, an oak tree in the shape of a jolly giant), as well as from the very far to the very near. The first child who checks off every item on the list as “spotted” gets a prize. If you don’t have binoculars, this can be just as much fun without. Or make some from toilet tissue rolls or paper towel rolls.
Cooking with the Kids – Rainy days are a great time to get the kids into the kitchen. Make a batch of homemade cookies or other fun stuff the kids will love!
Paper Airplane Races – Have each child make their best paper airplane and see whose can make it the farthest across the room. Have them try different types of planes to see which of theirs can go farther too.
Arts & Crafts – Rainy days are a great time to pull out something from the arts and crafts closet. Finger painting, play doh, make paper bag puppet – all great things to do on a rainy day.
Indoor Obstacle Course – Come up with an obstacle course that includes items from around the room. You don’t even have to move anything around. Go around the chair twice, crawl under the coffee table, bounce across the bed, roll across the floor, put your face up to the window to make sure it’s still raining, etc. Making up the list may be as fun as actually doing the obstacle course.
Drive in Movie – Find boxes or clothes hampers and make them into cars. Have everyone pull up to the drive in theater (aka the living room) and watch a favorite, or new, movie. Be sure to set up a concession stand where the kids can get popcorn, drinks and other treats.
Let them Play Outside – Throw on their rain boots and give them an umbrella and go jump in some puddles! Come in after and have a nice cup of cocoa!A little rain shouldn’t take all the fun out of the day. So next time it rains, try out one of these fun ways to keep the kids entertained indoors.
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