A rainy day can really put a damper on things (get it … “Damper”?). But in all seriousness, for most kids (and outdoorsy types,) rain can ruin their entire day.
I have had to make a conscious effort to make sure I take my children out of doors on a regular basis because, personally, I am perfectly happy with a good book, lap cat, blanket, and a cup of coffee. But strangely, my 5-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, do not find that appealing. Odd ducks. So we compromise and I strongly encourage their love of nature and the outdoors.
However, when there is an excuse (such as rain) to stay inside (a legitimate, completely viable excuse mind you), I relish. I relish, that is, until I realize how terribly bored my children will soon become and how (unless I don’t want to be a naughty mum and just let “Frozen” play on the boob tube all day long) I must find ways to entertain them.
Now, there is nothing wrong with a bit of boredom here and there, I believe it gives my children time to develop their imaginations. But I see my suggestions listed below as less attempting to shelter my children from boredom, and more about the opportunity to invest in them and connect with them. What’s better than that?
Here are a few suggestions for older and younger kids alike that do not involve turning on the television and don’t involve a trip to the store.
1.) Start a new book series
I decided that during a recent break from the basic activities of life, I wanted to start a fun and personal thing that I could do with each of my children. For my 5-year-old son, I chose to start a book series together. It’s something we both look forward to, and it helps develop his imagination and reading skills. Use your smart or tablet to select an age appropriate book series to start with your child. Often many publishers discount the first book or even have free download options for them.
2.) Hot Potato
Who doesn’t love a good game of hot potato? Classic. Set a timer on your phone (say 30 seconds), and pass around whatever item you can find and make it fun. It could be a throw pillow, a stuffed animal, or something a bit more quirky like a roll of toilet tissue. You could even use an actual potato, presuming, of course, you have a potato.
3.) Interview them
Children love to feel genuine interest from their parents. Asking them questions is also a good way for not only you to learn more about them, but for them to learn more about themselves. Here are 2 examples of fun/unique questions you could ask:
– If you could wake up tomorrow and have it be Christmas or Easter, which would you wish?
– What sounds like more fun; driving a shark, or swimming in a car?
Whatever you do, don’t let the rain ruin your fun, and enjoy the time as a family.