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15 Rainy Day Ideas

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Coloring on a rainy day is fun!

Coloring on a rainy day is fun!

This weather is killing me … and the kids. One day it’s gorgeous. The next – not so much. So, what do you do with all this indoor time? You’ve run through the normal games, crafts and videos. Let’s come up with some other ideas. I’ve picked things you can do with things you more than likely already have. Comment below with ideas to add to the list!

1. Build a fort.

2. Turn off all the lights, close the blinds and make shadow puppets with a flashlight.

3. Play dress up and have a fashion show.

4. Or a spa day with a bath, nail clipping session, lotions, hair bows, etc. Or a “messy” spa bath with homemade bath paint. An easy DIY recipe is simply shaving cream mixed with Kool-Aid! (The power from the packet. Not the prepared drink.)

5. Draw on the windows and mirrors with dry erase markers. (Test one in the corner first. They’ve always come off our windows. But just to be sure.) I’ve also heard you can use acrylic paints mixed with a little bit of dish soap.

6. Make¬† playdough. Mix 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of water and a few drops of food coloring. As you mix, add flour if too runny or water is too dry a little at a time to get the consistency you’d like.

7. Fingerpaint with pudding or whipped cream or your bath paint.

8. Go play in the puddles. A little dirt never hurt anyone. Have towels and extra clothes waiting by the door. No playing outside if there is thunder and/or lightening.

9. Turn chores into a game by letting them match socks, sort utensils or “dust” with baby wipe.

10. Make an indoor obstacle course. Jump over pillows. Walk a balance beam (masking tape on the floor if you have carpet, painter’s tape may work on hardwoods.) Crawl under chairs/side tables. Tossed rolled up socks into a basket. Get creative!

11. Make a book, picture book or letter book using things they cut out from magazines. All you need is a few magazines, construction paper and a stapler.

12. Dig for treasure. Use one of those plastic bins we all have (the one that’s suppose to helping you keep toys sorted) and fill it with uncooked rice, elbow noodles, oatmeal or something of the sort. Bury small toys, rocks, marbles, game pieces in it and let the kids at it with spoons and paintbrushes like real archeologists.

13. Don’t want to risk rice all over your floor? Clean out an empty two liter bottle. Put the small toys in there. Fill it up half to two-thirds of the way with rice. Screw the top back on. Use a little hot glue for extra security. You know have a neat “I Spy” bottle. You could use rocks that the kids have painted different colors. Make a checklist for them to mark off what rocks they have found in the bottle.

14. Two compound words for ya … shoebox ice-skating. It’s as simple as it sounds. Kids put their feet in the shoebox and slide their feet to skate. The lids also work. If you want to get fancy, decorate them or add a ribbon to “tie” their skates.

15. If all else fails, put on a movie. No judgement here.

Enhanced by ZemantaWhat’s in your rainy day bag of tricks? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

1 Comment

  1. Kelly

    February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I mentioned the dress-up and fashion show party AND the spa idea to my young one, but he told me that was for girls. Sounded like fun to me. But I do like the idea of drawing on the windows And since we have the ones that are “divided” into different smaller panes (not really, it’s all one piece of glass), I’m thinking we could make six pictures per window! Great ideas, LexingtonMommy!

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