Apr 6, 2011

Rainy Days at Home with Children: A List of Activites

Before I had children, I always wondered what the big deal was about "Rainy Days". I figured that given the proper gear, children could just go outside and enjoy the wet day rather than watching it from a window. After having children, I realized that while some puddle jumping from time to time could be fun, having rain drenched children (especially on cold days) was one of the best ways to ensure that a cold or other sickness would follow. 
So now I have an idea box (actually, it's a file on my computer) where I keep all sorts of rainy day ideas on hand. These simple ideas mostly use materials that you can find around the house, without having to make a trip to the store. 

Some Rainy Day Activity Ideas:

1. Make Yogurt Pops: Fill popsicle containers with yogurt, Freeze then serve as a special treat--or if you make them ahead of time serve them as a fun breakfast on a rainy morning.

2. Make Paper Bear or Paper Doll Chains: Fold paper like an accordion, cut out shapes of bears, people, cars, etc. Leave the areas extending to the left and right side of the paper un-cut. Unfold then let children color faces and designs.

3. Make Google Eye Monsters: Have children draw shapes of monsters (or you can draw them for younger children) and glue on google eyes.

4. Make Paper "Pillows": Cut out different shapes (hearts, circles, rectangles) out of two pieces of newspaper. Crumple up newspaper and stuff inside, staple shut!

5. Make aluminum Foil Jewelry, Crowns, Pirate Treasures: Dilute Elmer's glue with water, Lay out sheets of Foil, Tear little Pieces of Tissue Paper. Have children paint diluted glue on foil then lay pieces of tissue. Allow to dry then cut out shapes of treasures, bracelets or crowns.

What are your favorite rainy day activities? 
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Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

When I was little we used to make popsicles as part of our homeschooling project times. Only we would just freeze orange juice. :) Cute ideas!

Erika said...

These are great activities! I really like the yogurt pops.

The kids like to decorate paper sacks with construction paper (I cut out shapes) and tempera paint.

Diana Mieczan said...

I love those ideas and I would totally have one of those popsicles right now. The pillow idea is so cool! Have a great day, my dear

Ps: I’m hosting a super fun 3 winners GIVEAWAY today! Hope you’ll join in :) Something cool for kids!

samantha ramage said...

what a fun mama you are! my family used to do crafts every sunday and it was so much fun!


Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Those are great ideas. I need to find enough paper for the paper dolls. My kids would love that one.

Rebecca said...

These are all great ideas Caroline. We like to play in a sink full of sudsy bubbles!

Susan Anderson said...

For me, of course, I'd have to go with reading.

For kids...I would want to try the paper pillows and the aluminum foil stuff.

(To be honest, we didn't have many rainy days in Southern California, where I raised my little ones...)


mr. pineapple man said...

looks like so much fun! i hope i will be doing this in 10 years!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Caroline- Thank you! It helps a ton. I think it's getting too much sun. I had it in a sunny room that gets light through a window...and moved it to my porch where it got direct sunlight. And my husband keeps watering it...

Found the source of the problem! I appreciate it!