Keep Kids Entertained With These Easy, Fun Ideas
When rain forces your children to stay indoors, keeping them entertained can be difficult. “Mom, I’m bored!” is something all parents have heard, especially on those days when you’re stuck inside. Here are some boredom-busting rainy day activities designed to keep kids happy.
- HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH: Making homemade play dough is a fun activity to do with children. Not only is it fun to make, it’s fun to play with! Best of all, homemade play dough is long-lasting and nontoxic. Making homemade play dough is cheaper than buying Playdoh® and it doesn’t take very long to make. Here’s a great recipe to make your own: http://livingwellmom.com/2012/02/easy-homemade-playdough-recipe.
- PLAY GAMES: Play games like “Simon Says” or “follow the leader” or “I spy”. These are great indoor games because you don’t need a lot of space to play them. These games are geared to younger children; older school age children tend to get bored with these games.
- HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS: Make homemade instruments with your children. You can make maracas by filling up an empty water bottle with rice or noodles or make the classic rubber band and tissue box guitar by following these directions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Rainy-Day-Tissue-Box-Guitar!—Great-for-Ki/?ALLSTEPS.
- CAMPING IN THE LIVING ROOM: Pitch your tent or make your own with some blankets and your kids can sleep in it overnight! When children are stuck inside unable to enjoy the great outdoors, you can always bring the outdoor fun inside. You could even go all out and make s’mores in the microwave.
- TEACH FAMILY RECIPES: Cooking dinner together is a fun and educational activity. Teaching your children kitchen safety and introducing them to cooking will help them develop many skills. They will learn how to use kitchen utensils and how to follow a recipe. Learning to cook also helps kids develop some independence.
- GO TO THE LIBRARY: Let your children pick out some books to take home to read, or spend time at the library reading with them. Your children will enjoy finding books they are interested in.
- FASHION SHOW: Let your children put on a fashion show with clothes from your closet or old clothes you are planning to donate. You could even let them use a little bit of make up or play with your fashion jewelry.
- WRITE A STORY: Staple or tie pages together to form a book. You can help your children create a story board and characters; then let them write the story. Then they can draw pictures to accompany the story. Let them read it to you when they are finished.