It’s been rainy and yucky here for the last few days, and that’s only going to increase as we head into April. So I knew I needed to have several rainy day activities on hand while we hunker down and get through the rainy spring days until we get to summer.
Here are some of our favorite go-to rainy door activities that are simple and affordable to keep those kiddos entertained before we get through spring and into the sunshine!
1 // Snacks, snacks, snacks
There’s a reoccurring theme in most of my parenting journey, and it’s name is snacks. What’s a rainy day stuck indoor with out all the snacks? Our favorites are quick, simple things that we can have while we’re doing some art projects or kicking back to watch our favorite cartoon.
Some of our favorite snacks include: popcorn, granola bars, raisins, fruit and our recent newly found HappyFamily Happy Tot yogurt pouches for babies and toddlers. I picked these up at Meijer and LOVE that they are organic, include no added sweetners, made with probiotics for a healthy digestion and are non-GMO. I mean you can’t get any better than that!
2 // Block Building
Boys and girls — everyone loves a good LEGO building session. These boys of mine can sit and play LEGOS for hours. But what they love most? When mom sits and builds with them. I love to fuel their creativity and see their little fingers work hard on building new creations and using their imaginations.
3 // Painting Projects
Every kid LOVES to paint. However, it’s something parents aren’t always too fond of. But if you can get some washable paint and a few things from the dollar store — you can easily make a painting project entertaining inexpensive and easy to clean up. You can find tons of blank wooden pieces to paint like door knob hangers, boxes, plaques, etc. The boys love to paint these blank canvases and create something special to give to a grandparent or to hang in their room.
4 // Establish Good Chore Habits
Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to introduce good chore habits for your kids. I know I love cleaning up the house on a rainy day. We’re already stuck indoors, so why not spruce up the house a bit? It’s a great time to establish healthy helping habits in your kids by giving them simple chores to do: cleaning up their toy room, picking up their plates from breakfast or lunch, helping mom dust a stand or sweep up the floor, empty the dishwasher… the options are endless. But I found giving them simple tasks helps them feel accomplished and gives them a sense of ownership in their own home. It also helps to establish good tidying up habits while they’re young. And of course everyone is rewarded at the end with an ice cream cone or small treat. 🙂
5 // Forts and Flicks
There’s nothing like a rainy day to build a big fort, turn on your favorite movie and grab a snack to enjoy. Build a fort in the living room with lots of pillows, blankets and stuffed animals, pick a favorite flick from your DVD selection or Netflix and get some snacks ready. Sit down and enjoy some downtime with a movie and snacks. And hopefully, someone will get a little sleepy and catch a snooze so mom can have a break too. 😉