The last few days have been rainy ones here in Western New York. Normally during the summer, I dread rainy days, especially stuck in a house with a toddler who needs to be moving all day long. But something about these last few days has brought me happiness with the never-ending rain.
Our summer has been nonstop on-the-go, and the last few days have almost seemed peaceful. It has forced us to slow down and relax. We’ve been able to try some new indoor activities, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been that mom who has watched a little more TV with my daughter than normal. But you know? We’ve been so busy that I am okay with that. Over the last few months we’ve come up with a few rainy day activities that keep our time passing through the day.
Drawing with Foam
My daughter loves to color and draw, but one day I stumbled upon some extra foam pieces we had around the house and she was so excited. Now when she’s antsy and bored I pull out small pieces of foam and she loves to color on it with pen.
My daughter loves the foam and she loves puzzles, so one day I decided to cut out little hearts and turn them into small foam puzzles. She has so much fun mixing them up and putting them back together.
Books, Books and More Books
Are you surprised that books are on the list? Probably not! But it is remarkable how much time my daughter will spend just sitting and “reading” books. Now that she is starting to say more words she loves to point out what she knows and recognizes. Read together, or let them just read on their own!
Who doesn’t love a good fort? Even if it only consists of a blanket draped over two sturdy objects, it’s something new and fun for them to climb under and play in. My daughter loves a simple fort that she can just play with her babies, and read her books in.
Bake Something Together
If you have the ingredients and the time, you might as well bake something yummy together. Besides, then eating it gives you something to do after it’s done as well!
Go to a Museum or Indoor Nature Center
If you have a fun kids museum or an indoor nature center that you can visit, doing that while it’s a rainy day is the perfect time to go. I found that the Audubon Nature Center is a perfect place to go with children, and they have so much to do inside on rainy days. Check out my blog post for all the fun activities the Audubon offers.
There are so many mother and child exercise routines online now that are a great workout for mom, and also fun for kids. Every time my daughter sees me exercising she wants to jump right in and do it too.
I have found this is a great idea to do on a rainy day. When I say organize, I mean one of two things. Organize can mean just organizing things for fun, or organizing things for a purpose. One day we organized all her toys by color just for fun. It kept her entertained for a long time, and she actually was having fun and showed me that she knew her colors.
Other times we have organized her room for a purpose. The best part about this is sometimes while we organized we found toys tucked away under her crib or other places that she had forgotten about and she was so excited to play with them again.
Fill Plastic Bags with Fun Things
I’ve learned there are so many fun things you can do with plastic bags that are so simple. One day I just filled a plastic bag with blue colored water and buttons and she moved and played with those buttons at her highchair for close to twenty minutes.
Another fun thing to fill the bags with is just a few colors or paint. They can spread the paint around and make different colors. You can also throw in some random items that they can roll around in the paint.
I’m not saying that we binge watch shows all day long, but we watch some of her favorite shows that keep her occupied. There are so many shows that are educational and great for young learners. Singalongs and movement shows are perfect for my daughter who loves to move while she watches TV. She also loves Sesame Street, and Sofia the First.
Play in the Rain
Don’t forget that playing in the rain can be just as fun as playing outside on a sunny day.
When it rains it nourishes the ground and refreshes the plants when they need it most. Sometimes you need to let the rain do that for you too.
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