Family Friday: Entertaining Kids on a Rainy Day with Creativity
Don’t let a rainy day put a damper on your family fun. Instead, take advantage of the lack of sun and explore some creative activities with the kids. The possibilities are endless and you are limited only by your imagination.
Keeping Kids Entertained on Rainy Days
Rainy days are a great opportunity to let kids really be creative. Help them make a fort or clubhouse out of furniture cushions, sheets and blankets, old boxes, etc.
In the garage I keep some old refrigerator boxes that I picked up at a local appliance store. On rainy days I’ll bring some inside and let the kids decorate them with crayons and markers. They will spend hours designing them, then connect them and make tunnels, forts, etc.
If you have a small tent, let the kids set it up in the house and then help them make stovetop or microwave smores for their camp out.
If you don’t have a tent, let them create their own out of blankets and household items. Have everyone get into comfy pajamas, turn down the lights, make a big bowl of popcorn and settle in for a movie night.
Take a newspaper and roll up individual pieces into balls. Divide them evenly and have an indoor snowball fight.
Set up a treasure hunt, give each child a list of what items need to be found after you carefully hide them.
Start up a game of charades.
Have an indoor picnic or tea party on the living room floor. Help them bake some brownies or cupcakes.
Arts and Crafts Projects for Rainy Days
Arts and crafts are excellent rainy day activities. Aside from the basics such as coloring and painting, be creative:
- Spray some shaving cream on the kitchen tables and let the kids create fun shapes in the foam.
- Make some chocolate pudding and let the kids finger paint on a paper plate with it, getting to lick their fingers and the plate clean when they are finished.
- Let the kids help you make home-made play dough with flour and water. Make home made ice cream with ziploc bags, milk and ice.
- Make a sock puppet family.
- Make paper airplanes and then fly them through the house.
The possibilities are limitless. Rainy days activities for kids can be a great opportunity for kids to get back to basics and for families to spend some quality time together.