We’ve certainly had our fair share of gloomy, rainy days lately. It’s easy to get in a rut when stuck in the house with kids…especially toddlers with their abundant energy!
Here are our 10 favorite rain day activities:
Marble Painting: Grab a cardboard box or a tray that you can wash out and line it with paper. Fill a muffin tin with different paint colors. Drop your marbles into the paint and then use a spoon to transfer them onto the paper in your box or tray. Your little one can then lift, twisty and turn the box to have the marbles roll around all over the paper, painting fun designs.
Baby Doll (or toy car!) Bath Time: Set up a station with a bin of bubbly water, wash cloth, bath toys, sponges or other scrubbers. Let you toddler scrub their baby doll or cars clean.
Materials: 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1/2 cup salt, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar, Food coloring, Saucepan, 1 cup flour
Directions: Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir, then knead until smooth. (The cream of tartar makes this dough last up to 6 months). Store the dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
Water Station: Grab a few towels, some large mixing bowls, cups, measuring cups and spoons. Practicing how to move water from one container to the next is not only great for their hand-eye coordination but it will also keep them busy for a very long time. You can alsohrow in some bath toys or fun containers for them to use.
Ring Toss: If you don’t already have a ring toss game, you can make one pretty quickly. Cut circles out of the middle of paper plates to make the rings and grab an empty paper towel roll or any other item to use as the post. You can even let the kids color the rings so they can help set everything up!
Pom Pom Art: You can buy a large bag on pom poms at the dollar store to use for countless crafts. A puddle of glue to dip them in and any type of paper, cardboard or paper plate can become their canvas.
Build an Air Fort: Grab your fan, a large sheet and some duct tape to get started! Tape one end of the sheet to the fan and the other end of the sheet to the floor or a piece of furniture (leaving an opening on the end so they can get in and out). Turn on the fan and let the kids climb in!
Cotton Ball Painting: Painting with cotton balls makes patterns and designs that they can’t do with a simple brush. You can also use cut up sponges to have other patterns too. If your kids don’t like the feeling of the paint, clip a clothespin onto the cotton ball/sponge that they can use as a handle.
Target Practice: Grab some paper cups, string and a ball. By poking a hole in the bottom of the cups, you can string them up inside a box or tape them on the underside of a table. Mark each cup with a different color and have the kids try to hit a specific color at a time. Or just quietly walk away and finally finish that cup of coffee you’ve already reheated three times. 😉
Glow Stick Balloons: Activate a glow stick, put it into a balloon, blow the balloon up and shut off the lights. They will have a blast bouncing the balloons around the room!
Good luck mamas! The sun will shine again soon and we’ll be able to get those kids back out into the yard!