Rainy Day Blues No More
These days more often than not when you look out your window all you will see are gray skies and all you will hear is the constant melody of fat raindrops hitting your window. A swell of panic may rise and you think, oh no…not another rainy day. How am I going to entertain the kids today? Fear not, we have compiled a list of activities that are tons of fun, which will make those endless days of rain the perfect way to bond with your child.
For Babies to Toddlers
Get a bubble machine and turn it on. Babies to pre teens all love bubbles!
Babies love to hear their mothers sing. Toddlers enjoy it too and are able to be more interactive with the songs. And 3 year olds and up enjoy singing along with you.
Toddlers and UP
Crank up your favorite dance tunes and have a boogie with your child. The sillier the dance the more they will be entertained (and PS it can be your cardio for the day)
PLAYING HIDE & SEEK
Adjust the game according to their age. For example if you have a 16 month old, obviously your hide and seek will be popping out of corners. But the older your kid is the more entertained they will be for longer periods of time.
FLYING PAPER AIRPLANES
Make paper planes and fly them in side your house. A good 30 minutes or hour of fun. Especially if your child is old enough to attempt making the paper planes. (How to make paper airplanes)
You can buy an stand up easel and butcher paper and crayola washable paint. Or even better you can make your own edible toddler paint (Fem’s Fabulous Recipe for Toddler Safe Paint)
You can make your own “sand box” if you fill a large plastic bin with pasta shapes or beans or rice. Whatever is not expensive. Give your kid cups and beach toys and there’s your “sand box”.
Line up cans or plastic bottles in a 10 pin bowling formation. Use toilet paper on both sides to establish the lane and you have your very own bowling alley.
Kids love to be chased around. Even toddlers.
BUILD A FORT
Let your kids get blankets and cushions and chairs and tell them to build a fort. For the younger kids, you build the fort for them.
5 years and UP
GAMES TO PLAY
- I SPY
- MARCO POLO
- SCAVENGER HUNT: Create your own
- Play board & card games: Make sure you are fully stocked for these rainy days.
- Play ‘restaurant’: Make the menus, set the table, take orders, serve and don’t forget clean up!
- Teach your dog a new trick
- Give your child a play or story to act out
- Have them read you a story aloud.
- Tie-dye T-SHIRTS (Tie Dye Basics)
- Get your child to do a paid job or chore
- Help a child re-organize or decorate his/her room
- Have him draw a picture and tell a story about it (you write down the story) and send it to his Grandparents
- Bake cookies and invite friends over to help eat them
- Make music (pots and pans etc)
July 12, 2011 by Glam-o-Mamas