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As I sit here writing this, it’s raining. It’s forecast to rain ALL day today and I think into tomorrow.
Fret not my mommy friends. Here are 10 rainy day activities you can do with young children so that none of you go bat@#$% crazy 🙂
#1 Jump in Muddy Puddles
Dress your kiddos in their rain gear and head outside Peppa Pig style. Let them splash and play. Let them jump and run.
One of my oldest daughter’s fondest memories (She’s five and we did it when she was two) is the day we did this while her baby sister (at the time) was secure, warm, and dry in her baby seat sitting inside the door of our breezeway.
Of course, it goes without saying (Oh look, I said it) that you should only do this if it is not thundering and lightning.
Most kids love to help in the kitchen. Let them help you bake cookies or a cake. Give them “safe” activities to do like adding some ingredients or stirring and mixing.
Leave popping your masterpiece in the oven to the adults.
#3 Arts + Crafts
Buy or bring out that craft project you’ve been hiding in the closet. I’ve been saving our Gingerbread House for Winter Break but today might be the day it comes out of hiding just a bit on the early side.
Coloring books or plain white or construction paper, crayons, markers or watercolor paint are also great rainy day supplies for arts and crafts.
#4 Museum Musings
We have the privilege of living near Washington DC so we have free access to great Smithsonian museums. Pack up the kiddos (don’t forget snacks and drinks) and head out to a local or nearby museum for the day.
Children’s museums might be your best option. Please touch museums are likely the most fun!
I’m an avid reader and my kids love books, too. Turn off the TV. Put away the iPads, phones, and Kindle and read some good old-fashioned tangible books!
See #6 for other great options in this area.
#6 Check Out the Library
Both in Florida and here in Virginia, I’ve been blessed with wonderful library systems. Check out your local library. Libraries often have creative and imaginative children’s programs.
We’ve done everything from music programs to building your own car out of a cardboard box and supplies so you can watch a movie.
Even if the libraries don’t have something going on today, take your kids to the library. Some libraries have play areas and activity areas in the children’s section. Have them check out books or read a stack of books there! Check out DVDs and watch a movie at home that isn’t on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
#7 Make a Floor Bed + Watch a Movie
Especially when it is a cold rain, help your kids make a bed on the living room floor with blankets and pillows. Snuggle up together and watch a kid flick.
Add popcorn, of course.
We do this frequently with our kids, rain or not. They love it!
#8 Build a Blanket Fort/Tent
Along similar lines, use chairs and blankets to build a fort — you know, like you did when you were a kid. Bring in the flashlights, books, toys or whatever. Hang out in your tent for a while.
#9 Eat Under the Table
My middle daughter (and the dog) love to hang out under the dining room table. Our table always has a tablecloth of some kind so it’s a little like a fort/tent for them. (I suspect the dog is there for the food, but…)
Make breakfast, lunch, or even dinner, climb under the table with your kiddos and eat! They are likely to think it’s the best thing since you let them jump in muddy puddles.
#10 Host a Playdate
Odds are you aren’t the only mommy or set of kids about to lose their mind. Invite your mommy friends and their kids over for a playdate.
If you’re really lucky, one or more of your kids’ friends will invite them over to their house, instead, for a playdate 🙂