Sometimes I run out of ideas of stuff to do with Reese when it rains, even though I know there are probably tons. So with all this rain we’ve been having lately I pulled together a list.
Art Time: Play Dough, Finger Paint and Coloring. I grabbed an old flat sheet and dedicated it to art time. I lay it on my living room floor and don’t worry about Reese getting play dough or paint anywhere. The Crayola washable finger paint and washable crayons are genius! If you’re feeling crafty, make your own edible finger paint or like Natali, homemade play dough.
Cooking 101: I love cooking and Reese loves helping. I give her easy task like mixing/stirring. And she loves watching as I do things and explain to her what I’m doing. She helps beat her eggs in the morning for her scrambled eggs. But I think her favorite so far is helping to make smoothies. She pours all the ingredients into the blender and then watches as her smoothie is made! My favorite smoothie recipie (1.5 cups almond milk....or what ever type of milk you like, 1/2 banana, 1 cup frozen mixed berries and 10 almonds).
Sand Box: Definitely don’t bring sand inside. A friend of mine made this indoor sand for her little boy and loved it. She found it at Rust & Sunshine (one of my new favorite blogs). For any sand activity, save your old seasoning jars. They make great sand toys!
Museums and Libraries: If you’re looking to get out of the house you always have museums and libraries to visit. Visit your city library page for information on story times and other activities.
Cleaning: While this doesn’t sound too fun, it’s fun for the kids and productive for me! First we sing a song that goes “Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share. Clean up, clean up, all the messes everywhere,” and go around the house picking up toys and putting them in the right spot. Reese also loves helping me unload the dishwasher, sweeping (she got a set similar to this as a gift) and vacuuming. Hmm… I wonder how long this will last??
What do you do with your kids on rainy days?