I was watching the weather channel this morning, and saw rain clouds for the next 7 days. Since it looks like we’ll be spending a lot of time indoors this week, I thought I’d share 10 activities that we like to do when the weather keeps us inside:
1. Homemade Play-Dough: We keep our homemade play-dough in a resealable container with some plastic-ware and cookie cutters.
2. Homemade Cards: It’s never too soon to start planning for the next birthday or holiday! We keep paper, markers, crayons, glitter pens, and stickers on hand to make cards for special occasions, or just because.
3. Cereal Jewelry: Cheerios, Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, Pretzels, Chex Mix…If it’s got a hole in the middle of it, then you can make jewelry with it! Use a colorful piece of yarn, string, or ribbon. Then let your toddler have fun eating her jewelry!
4. Bubble Bath: Who doesn’t love a bubble bath? Get your kids all soaped up, and make crazy hairstyles or bubble clothes!
5. Cook Together: Children can learn endless amounts of things from cooking, including numbers, vocabulary, fine motor skills, and safety. They are also more likely to eat something they helped prepare!
6. Make a Tent Out of Blankets: Get down on your hands and knees and pretend with your toddler. You’ll have her in stitches!
7. Yogurt Finger-Painting: Take off all her clothes except for her diaper, and put a dollop of yogurt on her highchair tray. When she’s done, give her that bubble bath!
8. Peanut Butter Pine Cone Bird Feeders: Cover a pine cone in peanut butter, and then roll it in birdseed. String it from a tree, and watch the birds who come to nibble. You can also discuss the kinds of birds that you see, and look them up in a book.
9. Read a Book or Watch a Short Video: Cuddle with your little ones on your lap, and practice naming things you see together.
10. Go On A Field Trip: Pack the kids up and go to a kid-friendly indoor location. Push them around the grocery store, schedule a play-date, go to the the indoor playground at the mall, or visit the children’s section at your library.
What rainy-day activities to you enjoy doing with your children?