When the weather is not perfect enough to go outside, it can be difficult to find the inspiration to creatively get an activity together for you and the kids. If it's especially a time of the year when you know you'll be indoors a lot of the time, like the rainy spring, then you'll want to have some things listed for you to do when it's one of those stay-inside-and-hibernate kind of days.
Especially when the children are young, there are some limited age-appropriate activities. Trying to avoid the screens the best we can as parents, it can also put a damper on things we can try and do to keep them busy. So, we've collected 10 things to do with your children when days are limited to the indoors because of the rain. Get inspired and don't forget to keep this link saved for a Rainy Day.
10 Fort Restaurant
A forest restaurant is a great take on a home-made fort. Whether you drape a sheet overtop of the dining room table, or flip the couch to it's side, making a fort is always a great idea for kids of any age. To spice this classic idea up, suggest having their snacks and meals in it. Kids have such an immense imagination.
If you pretend that they're a restaurant either serving the meals or bringing them, it can be a fun and productive game for everyone involved. It's also a great way to have the entire family eat a meal with one another, even if it means you're under the table rather than eating on top of it.
9 Book Nook
Alike the fort idea, creating cozy space where the children can relax, tell stories and read them is a great option for days where it's nothing but cloudy skies and rainy weather. Choose a cozy corner of the home. Allow the children to get creative with the decor: have them bring pillows from their bed, blankets from the closet and maybe a light from the master bedroom. Encourage them to get as cozy as possible; perhaps even replacing their clothing with pajamas if you've already changed out of them! Encourage a low-key, relaxed book nook for a few hours worth of reading time.
8 Reorganizing The Play Space
This will be a productive and fun activity for all to participate in. We all know how wild a play space can get, especially if certain toys are supposed to go in certain areas. And, it's hard enough to find the time to get to the area and tidy it up. On weeknights, you often want to relax with the family from the day's exhaustion.
On weekends, again, it's all about quality family time before Monday begins. So, if you can get the family together on a rainy day to have them decide where to put what, not only will get you a lot of stuff done, you will pride them in the responsibility for where they've chosen for things to go.
7 Dress-Up Dolls
This may seem a bit elementary. And though playing dolls is often for young children, it can also be a fun and interactive game for older siblings and parents. Rather than generically playing with the dolls, get creative! Play dress up with them, rather than yourselves.
This means: collecting all of the doll's clothes and swapping with one another. Perhaps an accessory can go on one, while you create another felt purse for another. This is a great way to spark the imaginations of your children's minds. It allows them to get creative with some hands-on play.
6 Making A Kid Cabinet
If you have yet to make a kid's food drawer or cabinet already, this may be the time. It is quite the rewarding thing for your children to reach for their own snacks, at their own pleasure, within reason. This will encourage their independence immensely.
Now, we're not saying that you should pack the cabinet full of unhealthy options; however, we are saying you should store some "treats" along with healthy foods to allow the child, age depending, to grab at their leisure. They will be able to navigate their body's language and know when they're hungry. That way, they know where to go. Prepare the drawer and/or cabinet on a rainy day together. That way they have say as to where what goes.
5 Toilet Paper Roll Race
With your clean and unused toilet paper rolls, tape them along a wall to make an intricate tunnel. Allow the children to decorate each roll with stickers and markers. Have them choose what ever colour they want their rolls to be. As they form a long tunnel, this will be their race track for small cars or small toys like blocks. The beauty of this perfect, rainy-day game is that the children can make them all long and tall as they'd like. They may even bring a small chair over to reach the top start point to slide their toys down the tunnel. They'll be busy for hours!
4 Mystery Meal
A fun and productive game to play with the children is "mystery meal". Allow the children to choose an ingredient independently. Then, you all must make a meal with the food included.
This will be a challenging and fun experiment for you all. It will also spark imagination and perhaps a new meal choice for everyone to love! Unless the meal is absolutely disgusting, this may be a fun way to explore new recipes together and prepare a meal with everyone included. A great activity during those rainy days.
3 Sorting Names
No matter the time or day, there is always laundry to get done while you're a parent of children. Either you need to do a wash or fold a few loads, laundry can pile up incredibly quickly. So, a fun activity to include young children especially in is sorting it before you fold. Though this may take longer than if you were to tackle the task alone, it's a rainy day so you've ought to have time!
Pick up each item, one at a time from the clean load of laundry. Have the young children form piles for each family member. Sorting is a great task to have small children partake in. So, start them young and apply it to chores that have to get done anyways.
2 Sticker Names
Crafts are always a great option for rainy day activities, especially when you can encourage your children to learn along the way. By writing your child's name on a piece of paper, allow them to place stickers along the line to learn or practice how to spell their name. This activity is particularly practical for children around the ages of 2-5. You can simply write any word you want, really. So, adjust depending on the child's skill level and age.
1 Play Dough Ornament
If you're a parent, you're familiar with play dough. You know how fast and hard it gets when it's left out unattended. So, might as well use this knowledge to your full advantage! Whether it's a rainy day around Christmas or perhaps even Easter, form a holiday shape and allow to dry over night. They can either use it to hang around the house, on the tree or in their room. It can be any shape your child wants. And, don't be surprised if this simple and creative activity is one that the parent enjoys, too.