Let’s face it, rainy days can be hard to get through with kids in the house. Kids have all that energy, and when it rains they can’t just run around in the yard to expend it. But entertaining kids at home doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some activities that parents can do with their kids indoors to keep them occupied until the sun comes out again.
1. Make Homemade Play Dough
Fortunately, parents can whip up a batch of play dough from ingredients they already have in the kitchen. Plus, there’s no limit to the amount of fun kids can have making shapes, figures and other things out of the dough. To make play dough, simply combine one cup water, one tablespoon vegetable oil, one half cup of salt, and one teaspoon of cream of tartar in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add one cup of flour. Knead until the dough is smooth. Spread out some newspaper on the kitchen table, and let the kids get to work.
2. Create a Favorite Recipe Book
Kids love to cook with parents, especially when the parent is making the kid’s favorite recipe. Parents can give kids a sense of ownership by helping them create a recipe book featuring a few of their favorite recipes. All that parents will need are some pieces of construction paper, folded and stapled at the crease, and some colorful pens. First, have the child choose a few favorite recipes. Write the recipes on the folded and stapled pages; then, let the child decorate the front of the book and the recipes with their own illustrations. When parents go to make their favorite recipe, their kids can follow along from their own recipe book.
3. Create and Perform Dance Routines
Being cooped up inside can make kids cranky if they aren’t able to get exercise. A great way to get exercise in a small area is to create a dance routine so kids can exercise in place. On a rainy day, parents can let kids design their own dance routine, practice it, and then stage a performance afterward. Kids can even use old scarves or cloth for dance props.
By keeping a short list of activities for a rainy day, you don’t have to dread hearing those droplets begin to fall. Try the above activities with kids on a rainy day, and your kids will be happy and engaged until the sun shines!