Rainy Day Fun

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Moms dread a rainy day in summer unless they have an arsenal of fun, simple activities that kids can't resist. A little planning, a few inexpensive supplies and a dash of imagination can make the first few raindrops of a rainy summer day the signal for indoor fun.

Quiet Fun

One of the most highly recommended quiet, rainy day activities is just to read a favorite or new book. But even the best reads will last only so long for pent up, active children; then it's time to up the ante to keep their interest. Coloring books of varying levels of difficulty are known to induce an endorphin filled and calming state for kids of all ages.

Inexpensive plastic containers, a favorite color for each child, stocked with paper, colored pencils, safety scissors, glue, tape, patterns and stencils are the ingredients for soothing and satisfying imaginations. The formal art show on the fridge gallery will, of course be the follow-up activity.

With the needed material from the same box, challenge each kiddo to create a uniquely-their-own book modeled after their favorite author. Have them take turns reading their completed creations to the family.

Imaginative Fun

Paper bag puppet shows, dress up costume plays and talent shows, all kid-created, can really bring out the genius in a budding director or actor. Children love to exercise their imaginations and will remain occupied for hours with just a bit of guidance from the also housebound grown-up.

Active Fun

Crank up the tunes, move the furniture back and have a dance competition. Physical movement that is coordinated with rhythm and melody will help spend some pent up energy and encourage creative physical expression.

The Secret Animal game allows children to act out the animal drawn from a bag and have everyone else guess the animal. Play can rotate rapidly as animals are guessed and score is kept based upon the child who guesses the most creatures.

Helping Fun

Turn chores around the house into a game that allows each child to earn a sticker for each job or chore they have completed or assisted with. When each child reaches a designated number of stars, a treat, or individualized treats are the reward. A rainy day is a great time to instill the value of having everyone pitch in to the household upkeep, especially with a captive audience. Then, end the afternoon with an indoor finger food picnic.

Of course, on a warm day you might occasionally let the kids out to play in the rain for a while!  ; )

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