5 Fun Rainy-day Activities for Kids

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When kids are stuck inside and full of energy, rainy days can be difficult. It can be very hard to find things for them to do to keep them entertained. In fact, the thought of having to fill up the hours looming ahead with nothing to do can be rather stressful. Fortunately, there are a lot of fun, interactive things you can do that will keep them entertained throughout the day. In fact, with a few super cool activities you can turn a rainy, boring day into a super fun and memorable day and enjoy bonding with your child.

1. Cook

Cooking together is always a fun family activity. You can compile a few fun recipes that require mixing, mashing, and stirring to keep those little hands busy. One good idea to follow is to allow your child to select the item you will be cooking together because being able to choose makes this activity even more special. If you have aprons, you should wear them as kids love to play dress-up.

You should match the cooking task you assign to the personality of your assistant chef. For instance, some children like to mix with a spoon while others like to pour. A final reminder is to be sure to include him or her when using a measuring cup or spoon. This activity is much like playing in a sandbox where scooping and leveling provide hours of fun.

2. Build a fort

Making a personal, private space to hang out in is a great way to spend a rainy day. You can use blankets draped over the arms of chairs or perhaps the couch. For the floor, you can toss in a few pillows to sit on. If you throw in a few books and a flashlight, your little one has a whole world to him or herself. Finally, you can get creative and make the fort out of cardboard. To do this you will need the following:

  • large cardboard boxes
  • duct tape
  • box cutter
  • crayons
  • markers
  • glue

Note: cotton balls can serve as googly eyes that can be glued to the cardboard.

First, based on how much cardboard you have, you should decide on how big you want to build the fort, keeping in mind that your child is small, so it does not need to be huge. Using the box cutter, you can cut pieces of the cardboard that you will then tape together using the duct to make the walls and roof. Once you have constructed the building, your little ones can decorate it with crayons and markers. They can also glue cotton balls or colored pom-poms on the fort. Of course, there are really no rules when it comes to decorating. For an extra added fun feature, you can add in a skylight.

3. Paint

Painting is such a great activity. It allows your child the opportunity of creative self-expression. To make this activity extra special, you can use large rolls of paper to allow your child to make a huge masterpiece.

Finger painting is another fun way to paint. You can even add in household items to paint with, such as cotton swabs, a potato masher, or something like a shower loofah.

4. Coloring

If your child likes to color, be sure to keep a few coloring books put aside for use on rainy days. You should choose a variety of different coloring books because you never know what you little Picasso will feel like coloring on any given day. In fact, there are so many kinds of coloring books, you can be sure your little one will not grow tired of this activity. For instance, if your child likes vehicles, a variety of cars coloring pages will be an instant hit.

You should also make sure to have a variety of special crayons and markers for use only on rainy days. There are so many options when it comes to types of crayons and markers, your little one will have a great time switching between them as he or she creates a masterpiece.

5. Marshmallow mania

You may not realize it, but those marshmallows in your pantry are not just for roasting. That is correct–you can use them for such things as building. All you need is a bag of marshmallows and some toothpicks.

This is a great open-ended activity that allows your child to use his or her imagination as they create their own building or sculpture. To help your little architect or artist add some more dimension to his or her creation you can use marshmallows of different sizes and colors.