10 Fun Rainy Day Activities
Rainy days don't have to mean the end of fun—here are 10 ways to enjoy indoor fun and make the most of days spent indoors!
- Get scientific. Our Simple Science experiments introduce science concepts through experiments using ingredients commonly found in your kitchen.
- Get creative. Our Creative Parenting blog is filled with hands-on crafts for you to do with your child.
- Get cooking. Our Family Food page shares great recipes that you can prepare as a family.
- Get planning. Use our Exploring Oklahoma articles and archives to pick a new place in Oklahoma to visit, mark the dates on the calendar and do some online research to begin preparing for a fun road trip adventure.
- Get writing. Look through old magazines to find a picture such as a person climbing a mountain, a kid playing basketball, or a baby surrounded in a mess. Tear out the picture, and use the scene for a "story starter."
- Get illustrating. So many times we ask our kids to write a story, then illustrate the story (in that order). Try the activity in reverse. Ask your child to illustrate a rainy day scene, THEN write a story about it.
- Get a life. Ask your child to recall 5-8 major events in their life, then use a strip of paper to create a timeline with points in chronological order. Add illustrations or photographs to each life event.
- Get organized. Help your child learn genres by organizing their personal "library" by separating books into fiction, non-fiction, etc. Discuss the reasons that certain books fall into specific categories. Organize and learn at the same time!
- Get playing. Board games, card games, computer games, smartphone apps—whatever gets the family playing together and having fun. Want to go more old school? Build a fort, make your own "Twister" game or just play a fun game of indoor volleyball with a balloon.
- Get donating. Use the extra time indoors to clean out closets, drawers and toys. If your children have trouble parting with items, give them a particular goal to reach (say 5 items per person) and you purge the same number of your belongings. Give your kids a few options of places to donate the items to and let them decide. When the weather clears, let your children take the items to donate and talk about the importance of helping others.
How do you like to spend a rainy day? Comment below and share your ideas with us!