Rainy Day Survival Guide
It is a rainy day and the kids
are bored. What to do? You must put on your creativity hat and find some
time-consuming projects that will keep them busy. Here are some interesting things
that your kids will love but remember to make sure it is age appropriate
for your child. You may need to prepare some of these ideas in advance
and have them ready for that special "rainy day" adventure.
Create a tent out of blankets and furniture or a
large box. Help your child to select items to take on their
camping trip. This should include favorite toys, a blanket and
pillow, flashlight and of course camping food. You will find that
this will keep them amused for hours.
Post Office Fun.
Fill a box with unopened junk mail, a map and a
manila folder addressed to each person of the family. On a rainy day pull it out and have your child play mail man. The first thing
that they have to do is to sort the mail by state. Once that is
complete have them find the state on the map and write the number of
pieces of mail that came from that state. This can be used as a
comparison for the next time they are bored. You can then have them
open the letter, draw a picture or write a note on it and then put it in
the envelope for a family member. They can then deliver it to a
Give your child a variety of sizes of aluminum foil and
some cardboard in different shapes and sizes. Note older children
who will not hurt themselves on the sharp-edge of the box can be given
the entire roll of aluminum foil. Take the time to give some quick
instructions on how to be creative with the foil and cardboard.
Include a list of fun things to make: canon balls, swords, crowns,
shields, necklaces, bracelets etc... You will find that this will keep
them busy for quite a while.
Photo Fun. Always
keep on hand some empty photo albums, stickers, and markers. Give
you child the opportunity to organize those pictures that have been
laying in the draw or a box forever. You will be amazed at the job
that they will do.
Pull out the sunglasses, hats and beach towels. Have them decorate
sea shells with paint and glitter. Set out the beach towels and
read a book, have a picnic lunch and play a board game.
Chef for a Day. Kids love to help
Mom or Dad cook. So why not use it to help keep them busy on a
sick day. First start out by having them help you to decide on the
dinner menu. Once you have established what you are going to have
give them some paper and colored pencils and have them create a menu.
Next, have them make a dessert. Later have them help to
prepare the food and have them set the table. You may want to pull
out the fancy tablecloth and candles to make it a special dinner.
Create a Game.
Select a title and then begin the story. Advance to the
next person and have them add their ideas to the adventure. Some ideas:
My Favorite Villian, The Monster Who Lives On My Street, If I Were
a RockStar, My Hero Wears..., I Have a Story To Tell, My Day As a
Lifeguard On The Beach.
Swim Party. Fill the tub with toys,
add some scuba equipment and put on the bathing suits. Enjoy the
Create Cards For
a Soldier. There is no way for us to ever repay those
who serve our country each and every day as a member of the United
States Arm Forces. However, we can do something to support their
efforts and let them know that the people back home are thinking of
them. We can promote an American Tradition by creating cards and
sending them overseas. What better way to keep your children amused and
at the same time have them do something that will put a smile on the
face of a soldier. There are many sites on the internet to
connect you with a soldier if you do not know someone personally.
Spa Day/Lunch Date.
Little girls will love
to have their hair washed and styled and nails polished. Dress them cute
and then take them on a special lunch date at a restaurant with either
Mom or Dad.
Miniature Treasure Hunt: Click here