Fun Rainy Day Activities Your Kids Will Love
Being stuck indoors on a rainy day can be quite frustrating for young, energetic kids. Show the little ones that spending time inside the house doesn’t have to be a bad thing with these fun rainy day activities for kids.
- Get baking
There’s nothing like biting into warm freshly baked treats on a cold rainy day. Gather the kids, bring out your favorite cookie recipe and get to work. Assign age-appropriate tasks to your kids to keep them engaged and excited about cooking. Let your kids read out the ingredients, find them in your kitchen, and take out the utensils you need. Let them read and follow the steps on their own, stepping in to help only when necessary. Try not to take over or criticize them – relinquish control and just enjoy the activity with your kids. Make sure to let them know that they aren’t done baking until the kitchen is clean again. You may feel like you’re better off cooking on your own at times, but be patient with the kids and it’s sure to pay off. Your kids will be practicing reading, comprehension and math skills as they work in the kitchen.
- Play educational games online
Use your child’s love for computer games to keep them happy and productively engaged on rainy days. There are plenty of science games, math games, reading games and spelling games online that are both educational and fun for kids. Do a quick online search to find some that your children are likely to enjoy. Then help them create an account if needed and let them have a blast learning new things.
- Create a marble run
Kids love playing with marble runs. I remember always wanting to buy a gumball from the gumball machine when I was a kid, just to watch it roll down the spiral incline. However, there is one activity even more exciting than playing with a marble run – making your very own marble run! What’s more, you don’t need special material for it. Just use toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes, juice cartons, plastic tubes, pool tubes and even lego blocks to create your own mega marble run. This activity is sure to keep your kids engaged and happy for hours on end. What’s more, they will be learning about physics and practicing creative thinking and problem solving skills as they go about designing and creating their masterpiece.
- Put up a play
Pretend play is incredibly important for cognitive growth, but kids today hardly ever get time to engage in it. A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to work on creative projects such as putting up a play or puppet show. Have the kids write a play of their own and then bring it to life complete with costumes and a set. Give the kids free access to your old clothes and jewellery to put their costumes together and have them present the play to the entire family once everyone is home. If they’d like to work with puppets, look up ‘DIY puppets’ to find out how you can make simple puppets using easily available items such as socks and paper lunch bags. They can also create a puppet theater using old shoe boxes or cardboard boxes.
- Play a board game together
With video games taking over, board games are nearly a thing of the past. It’s easier to play a multi-player game with strangers over the internet than to get the members of your family together for a family game night. A rainy weekend when everyone is home is the perfect time to bring out the board games and get the family to bond over fun and laughter. Classics like Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue and Candyland are sure to get the adults excited. Kids may be more willing to try out some of the newer board games out there in the market.
Make it a point to give your kids fun things to do on rainy days, and you might find that they are actually happy the next time there are showers in your locality.
Corinne Jacob is a wannabe writer who is convinced that kids learn best when they’re having fun. She is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make learning an enjoyable experience. Corinne loves all things that scream out un-schooling, alternative education and holistic learning.
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