Now that it is officially winter, we parents are facing a very real threat. A very real danger. What on earth do you do with your kids when it rains for the ENTIRE day? Sure, you could cook, watch a DVD, read, do stickers or workbooks, but you’ve probably done those things to death. Here are five new ideas that your kids are going to love!
1. Puzzle Races
Once a puzzle has been mastered, it is not nearly as much fun. But throw in a timer and trying to beat their “puzzle pb” (personal best) and you’re on a winner. Try mixing the pieces from two puzzles together for an even more challenging race.
2. Pretend to be Peppa Pig
(am I the only one who just read that in the tune of the song?) Jumping in muddy puddles! It goes against the grain, but yes, you can still go outside when it’s raining. As long as it’s not thundering and lightning or literally coming down in sheets of water, bundle the kids up in their boots, jackets, and maybe even an umbrella and let them jump and splash to their hearts content. It doesn’t matter how wet and dirty they get because while they’re splashing, you’re going to duck inside and run a warm bath for afterwards. You also get the added bonus of not getting splashed during this time! If they’re absolutely filthy at the end of it, strip them off at the back door and have them do a nudie run to the bath. To make this extra special, make a hot (well, warm, really) chocolate drink for afterwards. How very grown up!
3. Pretend to be Bob the Builder
(and now I know that I’m not the only one that read that in the tune of the song. You’re welcome ) You will need toothpicks and mini marshmallows for this activity. Or regular marshmallows cut up. Show your kids how to stick the toothpick into the marshmallow in different angles and make a tower. Not just a straight up and down tower, but a 3D monstrosity! Don’t limit yourself just to towers, you could build animals, people, cooking utensils etc. Really, the only limit here is your imagination….and perhaps the laws of physics.
As far as kids are concerned, Eskimo’s all live in igloos. So let’s make an igloo! If you’ve not got ice cubes in the freezer, you’ll need to get them for next rainy day. Pop them all out of their ice cube homes and build an igloo, or an ice fortress. Use a little bit of water to make them stick together. If the idea of ice cubes doesn’t do it for you, try sugar cubes. They’re smaller and they don’t melt but they also don’t really stick together too well.
5. Zoo Keeper
I’m sure you have a bunch of stuffed toys in your house, right? Make your kid Chief Zoo Keeper and charge them with being responsible for the animals. They need to have their own “enclosure” (ie, one can have the bed, one can have the corner, one can have the chair etc), they need to be fed, watered, and played with. They probably even need to have a parade.
I hope these ideas keep your kids happy on an otherwise fairly wretched day. For more activities, please come and visit me at www.busykidsactivities.com.
Lisa ~ Busy Kids Activities