Summer rain showers are both a blessing and a curse! On one hand, I am always grateful for the rain, knowing that the grass and gardens
in my neighborhood need it, but a rainy day with kids can be a challenge. Kids have so much energy to burn off during the day, and there is only so much running indoors that a parent can tolerate. To keep my kids busy, I like to keep a few tricks up my sleeve. I am more than happy to share some of our go-to activities to keep the kids actively engaged on an indoor day.
Have a coloring contest. Pull out your coloring book collection and some crayons and markers and see who can come up with the prettiest picture, or who can stay in the lines the best. Coloring is creative work and it is relaxing!
Play Simon Says. This is a great way to get the kids moving, stretching and bending, which is great for using some of their seemingly endless energy supply and a fun way to get some exercise into an indoor day.
Make a Blanket Fort. This is a great way to give the kids a fun project and offer them a chance to get creative. I don't know about you, but blanket forts were the bomb in my eyes. I am sure your kids will feel the same!
Paint Kindness Rocks. This is super fun for the whole family. When the rain clears up you can take a family walk to hide them for someone else to find.
Map It Out. Pull out a paper map and let the kids gather around, exploring someplace new. Let the kids plan out a road trip that your family could take on another day. They will love picking attractions to visit and places to have lunch!
Make Shrinky Dinks. This is such a simple yet fun idea! You can create them in so many ways. From flags
to flowers and everything in between! I love the idea of turning them into jewelry that the kids will be proud to wear.
Make Masks. A paper plate makes an awesome base for a fun superhero mask! From Spiderman
to Wonder Woman, the kids are only limited by the challenge of choosing a favorite!
Make Mazes! You can use cardboard or paper plates, and you will also need straws and marbles or small bouncy balls. This is a fun way to create a toy then test it out to see how it works! I have a feeling multiple mazes
will be made and conquered when you try this!
If you have a great idea for the kids on rainy days make sure you leave us a comment to inspire our indoor play days!