Wouldn’t it be great to have a magical Cat in the Hat who can offer up a wealth of things to do on a rainy day?
Obviously, entertaining kids on a wet and soggy day is one of the challenges of being a parent or caregiver.
And there is no magical hat that makes it any easier.
But being armed with rainy day activities to keep the kiddos occupied is easier than you think.
7 Things to Do on a Rainy Day with Your Kids
A rainy day doesn’t have to mean a day in front of the screen. Nor should it. There are a wealth of fun things to do on a rainy day.
You just have to be willing to think outside the box. And speaking of boxes…
1. Create a Small Sandbox
If you have small children in the house, this is one of the easiest ways to keep them entertained for a while.
You’ll want to buy a bag of kinetic sand versus regular sand though. Kinetic sand is a special mix of beach sand and polymers that give it the texture of wet sand. But it only sticks to itself.
So grab a deep and wide rectangular container, pour in some sand, then toss in toy cars, figurines, whatever works!
2. Go on a Treasure Hunt
Elementary school-aged children love this.
Come up with a “treasure” – such as a toy, chocolate or an IOU for a cool activity – and hide it.
Then create a set of clues and seal them in envelopes marked with a clue number. For example, “Clue #3 of 8.
Once they solve all the clues and find the treasure, they get the reward.
3. Try Bowling
Bowling is truly a group activity. It’s something that kids, parents, and grandparents can all do together.
And aside from being a great way for the kids to get some physical activity in for the day, it is also valuable for teaching social interaction.
Added bonus? It helps improve hand-eye coordination too.
Bars aren’t the only place to sing your heart out.
If you don’t have a karaoke machine, you may have a karaoke channel you can stream right to your TV.
Then add wigs, wacky clothes and sunglasses for kids to give them the real feel of being rock stars.
5. Make a City
A roll of paper can easily and quickly become a metropolis.
Roll out a long piece, tape it down and give the kids pencils, markers, and blocks to create roads, lakes, neighborhoods, and buildings.
6. Play At an Indoor Water Park
Not feeling so creative? We get it.
If you’ve got an indoor water park nearby, then you’ve got the perfect place to recreate the outdoors.
After a day of swimming, splashing and plunging down water slides, you’ll have some happy and sleepy kids.
7. Set up Camp
Pop-up domes and tents are easy to find and relatively inexpensive.
But never underestimate the joy of a good old-fashioned fort. Drape sheets and blankets over furniture, and install the fort with pillows and sleeping bags.
You can even plan a picnic to be eaten in the fort, chock full of food the kids can make themselves.
Embrace the Great Indoors!
These seven activities are just some ideas to get you started.
There are actually so many things to do on a rainy day with kids. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you’re bound to come up with some of your own too!
And for more great tips and advice, keep checking back with our parenting blog. We’re in this together!