5 Rainy Day Indoor Activities For Kids
Let’s face it, due to the current global situation; you’ve most likely been stuck inside your home for a long time. If you have kids, this can pose a significant challenge in keeping them busy. They might even be driving you to insanity. They’ve probably gone through all of their normal rainy day activities more than once, and you need a new solution to help fight their boredom and keep them occupied.
We’ve picked five great indoor activities that are simple to implement and fun for all. Whether you’re going to join them or not, these activities are sure to keep your kids entertained and you from going insane. Read on to learn more.
1. Finger Painting With Food
Finger painting is a great activity that can be done indoors. If you’ve got toddlers, you don’t even need to use paint. You can simply give them some baby food and let them draw or paint until their hearts are content. If you do use baby food, it’s easier to clean up afterward as well.
Either way, you can just lay out some old newspapers on the ground and give them blank pieces of paper if you don’t have a canvas. It’s fun to have themes if your kids are a little bit older. Perhaps a superhero theme? Or, you can use certain color schemes such as green yellow and black only and see what they can come up with.
Sports is another great theme, or you can pick one sport and go from there. One that girls seem to like is a hairstyle theme. They can draw and shape different hairstyles. You’re more than welcome to join in, and that will create a lot of fun and laughter together. You could even set up a finger painting schedule to generate interest; Say once or twice a week from five to seven in the evening.
The options are boundless with finger painting, and anyone can do it.
2. Treasure Hunt!
Treasure hunts are always a big hit on a rainy day. There are several possibilities here. You can have the kids go off into one part of the house, and then you can hide things to use on the hunt. A great number to start with is ten. It’s crucial to be as creative as possible and shake things up a bit.
Use unconventional, but safe, hiding places. Another way you can make a treasure hunt is to take pictures of each object. You can then print each photo and hide them around the house. Don’t forget to use as much of the house as you can. This will allow the kids to get a little exercise in the process.
When you’re done hiding everything, it’s time to make a clue sheet for each person to follow. Just make sure the clues are age-appropriate and not over their head. As for the prize, it can be anything from a small amount of money to a special meal. Maybe the winner gets a hot fudge sundae or their choice of dinner that evening.
3. Create a Movie-Going Experience
This may seem a little tricky, but with a little ingenuity, you can make it happen. If you’ve got a projector and a wall or big enough space to show a movie on, that’s perfect. However, most people don’t have the means for this, so you have to really get creative to put together a movie-going experience. You’ll have a lot of fun putting this together for the kids.
First, choose a theme and offer a doubleheader. Themes can be anything from the best 80s movies to best adventure movies. Of course, make sure they’re age-appropriate. Or choose their favorite actor or actress and do a theme about them. Once you’ve decided on a theme, have them pick the movies. After that, set a time for the movie to start.
Now you can either draw up movie passes or tickets by hand or use your computer to design them and print. There are tons of templates available online to help inspire you. It’s good to give an hour of time in between when they decided on movies to the time the first one starts. Also, have them get dressed up for the movie. You can have a funny hat or scarf theme.
Set up the room as close as you can to a movie theater. Make sure it’s very dark and if you can set up special seats, do it. Beforehand they can order popcorn, soda, or candy from you if you can wear something similar to a movie theater worker that’s great too. After they’re seated, push play and come back after the movie.
You can have a short intermission before the second feature. During this time, they can order more snacks or treats.
4. We Built This City
You can build a city inside your home. Gather up as many cardboard boxes that you can. Try to get many different shapes and sizes. This is best done in the basement if you have one. After you’ve gathered several boxes, you can help the kids build their very own city. You can also allow them to paint or draw on the boxes for decoration.
If you’ve got more than one child, you can let them each build their own city if they want. But it’s more fun to work as a team with this one. You’ll find the kids getting very creative and exploring their minds for solutions to certain building problems that come up.
Perhaps there’s an immovable object where they want to build, and they’ll be challenged to figure out how to proceed. You’ll also have a ton of fun naming the city or cities you build.
5. Make Some Slime
It’s time to make some slime. Playing with slime is an extremely fun activity for kids on a rainy day. And making it is just as fun as playing with it. There are many different types of slime you can make that will keep the kids entertained. You’ll probably end up getting into the mix with this one, as this activity can be irresistible.
What you need:
- Shaving cream or foam
Get a bowl and mix up glue with shaving cream or foam. Then, add borax that’s been dissolved in water. Knead the mixture until it molds together into a dough. If it’s too sticky, you can always add a little borax. Now it’s time to add food coloring or die. Make three separate piles and add a drop of color to each. Mix and knead these together, and you have rainbow or unicorn slime.
Another great slime trick is adding lavender essential oil to the mix. Mix the oil and purple or blue coloring, and you’ll slime that helps reduce anxiety. Being cooped up all this time from the pandemic has everyone’s anxiety levels high. Kids are no different, and they could use a little less stress, just like the rest of us.
Can’t find Borax or shaving cream? You can always buy a slime kit online.
The Finish Line
It’s been a weird couple of months for everyone in America and abroad. People have been told to stay home from work, and kids aren’t in school. Anxiety is high for everyone, and people are running out of activities to do, especially kids. Boredom is very real and it can be a challenge to know how to combat it.
While every parent has probably heard the words, Mom, I’m bored, or, Dad, there’s nothing to do, not every parent has to agree. These five activities will give you the solution you and your kids need to get through this unique time with a smile, sticky hands, and a lot of love.