Finally, finally, finally… it’s raining. And of course it’s the second day of Summer vacation and we’re stuck inside. I thought I’d take some time to brainstorm some rainy day activities for kids.
1. Read books… Hanna and I curled up this morning with 5 new books and it was perfect being all snuggled up with her with the rain pattering down on the roof.
2. Make some playdoh… and then play bakery (or pizza shop, or donut shop, or cookie palace) bring out your baking stuff, muffin tins, cookie cutters, and let your kiddo have at it!
Here’s our favorite playdoh recipe:
1 cup flour
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1/4 C salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 boiling water
* if you want fruity yummy smelling playdoh use a package of kool aid instead of the food coloring.
Add food coloring to the water (in a microwave save dish) and microwave for 2 min 20 seconds.
While your water’s heating up, mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl (we use the stand mixer).
Add boiling water and mix until smooth and blended. (the dough hook works great for this).
If you keep this in an airtight container in the fridge it will last a LONG time…
3. Build a fort… pull out your blankets and sheets, and build the fort of all forts.
5. Bake cookies, or cupcakes, or bread, even Pizza from scratch!
6. Stomp in puddles! Our kids are sweet but they won’t melt. Let them get out there and stomp in the puddles!
7. Do Puzzles. Hanna loves puzzles and now you can find puzzles for every age level.
8. Build a train. Grab some boxes laying around the house, and tie them together with a string. Hanna likes to put all her stuffed animals in the train and drive them to who knows where.
9. Do art. Whether it’s watercolors, or markers, or crayons. Get the art supplies out and let your little one go wild and express their inner Picasso. Need some art ideas? Check out Deep Space Sparkle… fantastic ideas to get you started.
10. Sensory Boxes. This is always a favorite for Hanna. Get a box (a plastic square box will work great) fill it with anything… sand and small toys, or pasta and things, rice, beans… give your kiddo some measuring cups, spoons, funnels and let them have at it! If you’d like some ideas on this check out Counting Coconuts. Great ideas for very unique sensory tubs.
Those are some of my favorites… what about you? Please share your favorite kid friendly rainy day activity in the comments.