“Its raining its pouring the old man is snoring.” What the song doesn’t say is that the kids are stuck inside and driving you up the wall. All you need to turn this day around is a few ideas for indoor fun.
Children enjoy any activity that produces a tangible result. Activities that produce edible results are even better. There are many simple recipes that children can either make on their own, or help mom or dad make. Great examples include Jello, pudding, or my family’s favorite peanut butter balls. Let them help mix or decorate whatever delectable masterpiece you create.
2. Photo slide show
With digital cameras so commonplace today, creating a family slide show is easier than ever before. Google offers a great software Picasa as a free download. Picasa is a photo storage system that has many creative options including creating collages, editing videos and photos and creating slideshows. Gather the kids around the computer and go through and pick out your favorite family photos. Then create a custom slide show and turn it into a family event. Pop some popcorn and watch the show either on the computer, or if you are technically savvy, hook your computer up to your TV for a better viewing situation. Kids love looking at old pictures of themselves and naming everyone else that they know.
3. Put on a puppet show
For generations children have entertained themselves with old fashioned puppets. Why not bring it back for today’s youngsters? Begin by giving your kids old socks and some craft supplies like markers, glue, buttons and anything else they may be able to use. Give them all the time that they need to create their characters. Then erect a stage, whether it be a blanket draped over chairs or have the kids work from under the kitchen table. Then it’s time to begin the show!
4. Indoor camping
Childhood isn’t complete without making a tent out of some blankets and chairs. So if the kids want to do this on a rainy day, run with it! Let them have an all out indoor camping trip. Turn the lights off, hand out flashlights and tell ghost stories. Talk about what kinds of wildlife may be lurking outside the tent. And don’t forget to make smores!
5. Make a music video
Back in the heyday of MTV everyone wanted to make a music video. Kids today might not know what a music video is but that doesn’t mean making one won’t be fun for them. Choose one of your favorite songs, or shuffle through your collection and let your kids pick one they like. Spend the time to teach them the words. If your kids can read you can print the lyrics and let them memorize it. But it is much more fun to listen to the song over and over and sing along until everyone has gotten it. Most digital cameras today have videography capability. Have your kids dress up and tape them performing their newly learned song. Then gather everyone around for a playback. You can do this again and again until you reach the end of your music library!
Keeping your kids engaged and entertained rainy day can be difficult, if you don’t have any activities for them. But rest assured by the time you test out all of these creative ways to occupy your kids on a rainy day, the skies will have dried up and the sun will be back out again!