Fall is here, and with it comes some cold, rainy days. If those days fall on a weekend, what do you do with your kids who would normally be spending time outside? I’ve put together a list of 10 ideas of things your kids can do to keep them busy on rainy days. (Some you can do with them.)
Arts & Crafts – The Kid is a fantastic artist (takes after his father). He loves working on art projects and sometimes, I can be persuaded to join in.
Games – These can range from board games to card games. Currently, we’re loving Monopoly, LIFE and Go Fish.
Movies – We use the TV and DVDs/Blu-rays sparingly. However, they definitely work in a pinch. We normally pop some popcorn and snuggle on the couch for an impromptu movie day.
Building with Blocks – The Kid loves building things with his LEGO bricks. He used to need us help him, but now he’s practically a professional “Master Builder” and shoos us away so he can build in peace. This activity can also be done with building blocks.
Puzzles – Depending on how many pieces the puzzle has, this activity can take up a lot of time. Unfortunately, it can also create a lot of stress if it’s too challenging.
Exercising – Rather it’s doing calisthenics or yoga, exercise is a great way to keep busy. And, bonus! It’ll tire them out as well.
Science Experiments – You can do a lot of these with things you have around the house. Check out this post from Red Tricycle for tons of really cool ideas, like a potato battery and a baking soda and vinegar volcano.
Putting on Puppet Shows – So, if you’ve been around a while, you’ve probably heard about Johnny. If not, Johnny is the kid’s puppet that we got him for Christmas last year. If your puppet game isn’t as strong as mine, no worries… regular sock puppets will do.
Reading & Writing Stories – Two of the kid’s other favorite activities are reading and writing. If your kids also enjoy these two activities, try doing it together. Or, if you have more than one child, have each of them make up stories together (or separately) and read them to you or each other.
Writing & Putting on Plays – Again, this falls into the “likes to write” bucket. This is a great activity if you have a larger group of kids to entertain.