Rainy days can be quite a nuisance for all members of the family. Children can not play outside, so they will become bored. Adults will have to handle the bored, unhappy children. But there are some rainy day activities the whole family, especially kids, can enjoy.
Games are a classic rainy day standby. There are board games available for children of all ages. Kids may start out with simple games like Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Older kids will enjoy Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit. Video games are also available that the entire family can take turns playing.
If your kids want an activity that’s more involved than a board game, you can try a scavenger hunt. Make a list of items in the house that the children must find, and leave a space for them to write in the items’ locations on their list. Even younger children can participate if you give them simple verbal clues one at a time, such as “Find something yellow.” When the child returns with his answer, give him the next clue.
Most kids love to color or draw. You can find printable coloring pages online for just about holiday, or you can give your kids paper and crayons or markers to draw their own designs.
Modeling clay is another good way for children to pass the time on a rainy day. If you don’t have any, you can make your own. Mix 2-1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of salt together. You may add food coloring to get different colors of clay. Keep the clay in the refrigerator when it’s not being used.
If a holiday is coming up soon, your kids can decorate for it on a rainy day. For example, a child can crochet a Christmas tree garland from glittery yarn in holiday colors, simply by working a chain stitch over and over. For a different garland, the kids can string popped popcorn or cereal pieces together with a needle and thread.
If your kids love the spotlight, allow them to put on a play. With some of Mom and Dad’s old clothes and Mom’s makeup, many children will happily act out their favorite movies or make up their own productions.
Little girls may enjoy playing beauty parlor with Mom. Allow them to fix your hair and apply your makeup any way they wish, and then give them makeovers.
Finally, you can use the rainy day to pass on something you love to your children. Teach them how to do your favorite craft, for instance. Cook a full dinner with dessert with your children. Or you can watch an old favorite movie together as a family. If you have younger children, read a classic children’s book out loud to them.
Rainy days can be perfect for spending time together as a family. Whatever rainy day activity you and your kids choose, be sure to have plenty of fun and take lots of pictures or video to look back on.