“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
One of the most trying times as a parent is when you’re stuck home with your kids all day, the weather is too bad to go outside for any length of time and they have no outlet for their boisterous energy. Usually a parent’s stress level directly correlates to a child’s energy level (this is a mathematical fact, I didn’t just make that up). Instead of constantly hushing them, or worse, losing your temper like we all do from time to time, try some of these rainy day activities for kids. The following indoor games allow children to use large muscles and be loud but in a regulated manner (think controlled chaos). They involve minimal props, little clean up, and you can invest as little or as much time as you want. If I really don’t feel like playing, I’ll set the timer for a time that will allow me to stay sane as well as assuage my guilt for not wanting to spend every waking second entertaining my child. After doing one or two of these with your child they will have satisfied some of their need for exercise and will maybe sit and color for longer than a five second clip. If you’re really lucky they’ll find something to do to entertain themselves.
1. Skater’s Waltz – Use two paper plates as skates and skate around the house listening to the skater’s waltz. You can just look the song up on youtube.com or even just Google it. Here are a few links to make it a little easier:
2. Animal Noises – This one is great because it teaches your child a little self-control. First say to them in a loud, excited voice, “What noise does a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig dog make?” Then bark with them in a loud voice. Then whisper to them, “What sound does the liiiiiiiiiittle dog (puppy) make?” Now bark in a very quiet voice. Go through as many animals as you can think of. This has kept my wild son as well as my entire classroom busy for as long as I’m willing to play.
3. Balloons – This one is so easy. Just blow up a balloon and play keep it in the air. Many times if you play for a couple of minutes then your child will continue to play on their own. You may have a break for a few minutes (well one at least). If you want to take it farther take out a box or basket and try to shoot it in. Depending on your child’s age you can either toss it or throw it up and hit the balloon in.
4. Puddle Jumping – Don’t worry, this doesn’t really involve muddy water. What you do is pretend you’re out walking in the rain. At first you whisper “Tip toe, tip toe, tip toe” and you pretend to tip toe through the puddles. Then you jump as high as you can a yell, “SPLASH, SPLASH, SPLASH!” while pretending to jump in puddles. Go back and forth between the two so your kids don’t get completely out of control. You can make this game more challenging by using a paper plate or a book as a rain hat and try to balance it on your head as you play.Let me know how these work for you and your family!
What are some of your favorite rainy day activities for kids?
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