Six Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Summertime is a great time to be a kid…until it rains! Stormy days bring on the boredom and the whining! As much as parents sometimes love a good thunderstorm and a nap, kids often don’t see the nap thing as part of the plan. What are some activities you can do with kids at home on a rainy day after you have already watched Frozen or some other animated movie at least a dozen times? Here are six rainy day activities for kids.

Six Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Craft Time

Savvy parents never throw away anything! Pull out the craft box and get started! Some good ideas are cereal box jet-packs, paper towel roll light sabers, purses, hats and other odd ball stuff. Just let your imagination run wild and make craft time Some adult supervision may be needed with glue or other items, but let them have fun with it.

Build a Fort

Go old-school, and build a fort in the dining room. Make a quick run-through and remove breakable treasures. Pull out the extra blankets, sheets and pillows. They can read, play games or even take a nap in their forts. They can even play “defend the fort” using those paper towel roll light sabers!

Play Cards or Board Games

Play cards or board games with the kids on a rainy day. Anything from Candyland and Hi, Ho, Cheerios! for little ones to Monopoly and Scrabble for older kids. Take some time and teach your kids some of your old favorites with just a regular deck of cards. Who needs Uno cards when you know how to play Crazy 8’s! Even Go, Fish! is easy for young kids to learn. Can’t remember the rules? A quick internet search will have you playing in not time!

Make Cookies

Most of us have on hand the ingredients for sugar or peanut butter cookies. Let the kids help make cookies and have an ooey, gooey treat in less than 45 minutes! This is a great opportunity to teach kids how to follow a recipe and use kitchen utensils. They can also help in the cleanup while the cookies are baking.

Make a City

Get out the Hot Wheels cars and some washi tape (or painter’s tape) and get going. Use the tape to make a city with roads and parking lots. Boxes or cans from the pantry can serve as buildings. The tape comes up easily with no damage to your floors. This activity can provide hours of fun for kids as they zoom their cars through the city and build new roads.

Indoor Camping

Indoor Camping can be the best fun! You can set up a small tent or make one from chairs and sheets. Get out the sleeping bags, make a pretend fire and other camping accoutrements and tell ghost stories with the lights off or eat microwave Smores together.

These six rainy day activities for kids can save you from watching Frozen a dozen times and hearing “I’m bored” over and over again on a stormy day!

 

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