Rainy Day Activities to Fill Your Day (Yea!)
Sept. 28, 2016: The forecast is calling for more rain (ug!), but fortunately there are tons of fun-filled indoor activities to keep you and your little ones busy. Here are some of our favorites.
- Make your own play dough. Mix 1 cup of flour with ¼ cup of salt. In a separate bowl, mix ½ cup warm water with food coloring. Slowly add water to the flour mixture, stirring and then kneading as you go. If dough is sticky, gradually add more flour.
- Create your own sensory bin. A sensory bin can be a great tool for children to learn about the world and their senses. Find a storage container of any kind and fill with anything from water, sand, rice, or our personal favorite (if you’re willing to take on the mess), shaving cream! Add spoons, shovels, or funnels for playing with, and once you’ve chosen a theme, add materials that fit the theme (e.g. cars and trucks; farm animals, plastic insects, or plastic letters to name a few).
- Dig out the old puzzles. Everyone’s got ‘em! Spend an afternoon putting together some (or all) of your favorite puzzles.
- Make up your own indoor scavenger hunt. Grab your collection of plastic farm animals or a handful of small stuffed animals and hide them in the trickiest spots you can think of. Inside a shoe? Underneath a couch cushion?
- Make some art on a different canvas – try the windows! These Rainy Dayz Gel Crayons are perfect for windows, mirrors, or other glass surfaces. Plus they wipe away easily.
- Make a fort. Grab some pillows, and old blankets, turn the chairs around, and you have the makings for a good old-fashioned fort. Don’t forget the flashlights and prepare a picnic lunch for inside your fort.
- Paint in plastic bags. A Mockingbird fave, we’ve actually had this activity at our Tuesday storytimes! Simply fill a Ziploc bag with different colored finger paints and tape them to a box or tray. Squish and squeeze and swirls the colors around with your fingers for a mess-free paint activity.
- Make Oobleck. Haven’t tried this yet? It’s as messy as it is fun. Just mix 1 cup of water with 1½ to 2 cups of cornstarch (food coloring optional) and you’ll spend hours playing with something that’s, well, a bit hard to describe. A solid one minute, and then a liquid the next, you’ve got to try it and see for yourself. I always like to bring the plastic farm animals and toy cars out for this activity.
- Create your own masking tape roads. Speaking of toy cars: create a racing track in your living room with some masking tape. Use blocks to build gas stations and parking garages. Just building the track is half the fun!
- Play dress up. If you don’t have specific dress-up clothes and you’re really up for anything, let your kids raid your own closet for clothes to dress up in. My own kids never tire of wearing my shoes, even if my husband insists they all look like same.
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