It’s been raining cats and dogs for the past month (ok maybe not a whole month but it sure feels like it) and we know how difficult it can be when you feel stuck inside with children. No matter the weather, their little bodies and brains still want to be active and stimulated. These are just a few ideas that you can do with your kids when you are stuck inside because of the rain.
Host of “movie night” during the day
This can be both a crafty and relaxing activity. Have your kids create tickets for the movie that you will be watching. Let them decorate brown paper bags for popcorn. Then pick out your favorite movie, pop some popcorn, maybe turn off the lights to give the room a more movie theatre feel and enjoy!
Masking Tape Activities
Using masking tape (the more colorful the better) to create different obstacle courses and activities inside can be a great way to keep the kids moving and active even when you are stuck inside. Of course keeping in mind the space you are working with, you can create things like a hopscotch board or a jumping contest. Be sure you have plenty of space and anything breakable is out of the way. Pinterest has some great masking tape ideas.
Baking with kids is always a great way to spend your time indoors. Its a hands on activity and can also be educational having the children measure out different things. And the added bonus, you have something sweet to eat when you are done!
Make Rain Sticks
Although rain sticks are usually made to try to bring on the rain, they are still a fun craft to do and something that most households probably have all of the materials to make. Really all you need is a toilet paper or paper towel roll, dried rice, plastic wrap or clear packing tape, aluminum foil, and any decorations you want!
- Have the kids decorate the outside of the roll however they want
- Close off one end of the roll with either clear packing tape or plastic wrap with a rubber band around it.
- Crumple up a long, thin piece of aluminum foil to put inside the roll, this will be what helps make the “rain” sound and will keep your rice moving slowly.
- Pour the rice inside the roll
- Close off the open end of the roll with more packing tape or plastic wrap
- Let it rain!
Create a Rain themed craft
There are lots of fun crafts that you and your kids can do that are rain themed! Different ideas like rainy day window art or raindrop suncatchers. Visit thepinterestedparent.com for more rain themed craft ideas!
Although being stuck inside can be a real bummer there are still lots of ways to keep active and have fun. We hope some of these ideas add a little sunshine to your rainy days.