Rainy Day Activities
You know the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, I came up with a new one that goes “May showers bring stir craziness.” Admittedly, it’s not quite as catchy, but it’s also not any less true! Now that most kids are on summer break from school and many places are having record-breaking rain totals, we wanted to share some rainy day ideas to help you not lose your mind while being stuck inside! Plus, most of these are great for learning and creativity, too!
- Make your own play dough
This is one of my daughter’s personal favorites, and if you make sure to store it in an airtight container or ziplock baggie, it can last quite a while, too! This is a great option for a wide age range, and I’ve found squeezing play dough to be a great stress reliever, too! Just mix 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a few drops of food coloring in a pot. Place the pot on the stovetop and cook over low/medium heat, stirring often, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pot (3-5 minutes). Allow the dough to cool then knead for a couple of minutes and store in an airtight container.
- Build a Fort
Forts are a tried and true boredom buster. How elaborate your fort is can be up to you or your kids. Make it a picnic spot for lunch, a private movie theater, or a dark cave to explore. The possibilities are endless!
- Have a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are so much fun for kids, and can be fun for adults, too! Have kids work in teams or individually to find a prize – coins, candy, or their choice of a movie to watch. The prize is just a bonus to the fun they’ll have solving the clues! You can number the clues to help them keep track. For smaller kids, try drawing pictures of where the next clue is hidden.
- Arts and Crafts
Set out all of the craft supplies you can find and let their creativity run wild! Easy as pie! Toothpicks and marshmallows are great for budding engineers and architects to create with, pasta and glue can become just about anything, and some old magazines and safety scissors can become a stunning collage. Along these same lines, creating things out of empty boxes can provide hours of entertainment, too! Jet packs, cars, airplanes, houses, and more just take a little imagination to invent!
- Speaking of Pie…Bake!
If the rain has cooled things off, it’s not a bad time to turn on the oven! Test out a new recipe or make a family favorite. If you’re not sure what to make, check out our Pinterest board for yummy dessert ideas. My personal suggestion would be the S'mores Bars - perfect to eat inside your fort for some indoor camping!
- Play in the Bathtub
Do some indoor scuba diving, play with bath crayons, enjoy a bubble bath, and more! Water play can last for a long time! Make some new toys out of kitchen supplies like strainers and measuring cups, play a game of “sink or float” with household (water-safe) objects, or put on some goggles and “dive” for coins. There’s really so much more to do in the bathtub than just get clean!
- Indoor Balloon Sports
While throwing a ball inside can get a bit dangerous, balloons are usually pretty harmless! Play Balloon soccer, tennis, keep away, hockey, basketball, or make up a new game! There’s always the classic – keep the balloon from touching the floor, too!
- Make a Radio or TV Show
This is a great one for older kids. My sister and I used to pretend to be DJs and record our radio show. With cell phone cameras, it can be super easy to record a self-produced TV show, too! Not only is it fun, it’s a great exercise for creativity, writing, and organization. Plus, it could be great material to show at a high school graduation down the road!
If you’re looking for a clean and quiet activity, have a read-a-thon! Award a prize for the person who reads the most pages throughout the day. We all know how important it is to keep kids reading throughout the summer while school is out, and this will give you a chance to make some progress on your reading list, too!
- Ignore the rain and go outside!
Bundle up, put on some boots, grab an umbrella, and play in the rain! Jumping in puddles is practically a rite of passage for kids. Count the earthworms on the sidewalk, observe how different plants catch water with their leaves, and see how chalk changes color when it’s wet. Then, if you did #5 earlier, you can go inside and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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