When spring finally arrives it seems like everyone wants to be outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures. However, spring often brings some rainy days. Rainy days can bring complaints of boredom or a bit of stir crazy but they do not have to be boring ‘stuck inside’ days. There are lot of fun things to do on those rainy spring days.
One fun and tasty idea is to get baking! You can choose an old favorite recipe or a brand new one and bake it with the children. One of our favorites is pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. They are so yummy and easy for the children to make. You could even have the children look through recipe books for a new recipe to try. My second favorite activity works great once the baking is done… reading. Whether it is everyone curled up with a good book or a family read aloud, rainy days are a great time for reading. Then you can enjoy your fresh baked good while you read.
Do your kids love science experiments but you often do not have the time to get them all set up? Rainy days are a great time for those experiments that they always want to do. You could have a few prepared and ready or just give them an ‘experiment’ box and let them have some fun. For an experiment box, simply gather materials that could be used to perform experiments and let them design their own. This can be materials that are readily available around your home such as vinegar, baking soda, string, clay, balloons, foil, pennies, etc. If you want to make it a bit more exciting, you can purchase a set of inexpensive safety goggles and lab coat to make young children feel like ‘real scientists’.
Arts and crafts are also a great option on those rainy days. We have been doing a Spring Chalk Art Pastel course that even includes a picture of rain that would be quite appropriate for a rainy day. There are tons of free resources out there with crafts for just about any age or ability. You could let them come up with their own idea or find one that you think would be fun. If you are looking for some help with independent activities Hands On As We Grow has a free “5 day indpendent activity challenge” starting soon to get you going with some easy ideas.
Finally, if none of those ideas sound like fun you can take the advice of my three year old and , “just ride your scooter in the rain.” I hope you enjoy some of these ideas and I’ve added a ‘Rainy Day Activities List’ to the free resource library with even more rainy day ideas. Share with us in the comments what you like to do on rainy days.
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