When it’s raining, children are often at a loss for something to do, and you’re left grasping for some indoor activity that’ll keep them from hunkering down for a marathon session of video gaming and snacking. Technology’s a great thing, but it can be a real obstacle for parents looking for ways to keep kids active and engaged on a rainy day.
However, it’s actually not as hard as it sometimes seems. A little creativity from you and a willingness on the part of your kids to have fun in new ways can lead to an adventurous day of giggling and collaborative enjoyment. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.
This one will turn kids into expert storytellers. Get a ball (a beach ball or small rubber ball will do fine), and have them all sit in a circle. One kid starts with “Once upon a time…” and rolls the ball to another kid, who then continues the story in any way that strikes the imagination. Once he or she has contributed, the ball rolls to the next kid, and it goes on that way for 15 to 20 minutes -- or longer if you like -- until someone concludes the tale. It’s an excellent way to stimulate everyone’s creativity and develop verbal skills.
This one’s always a popular idea. Collect some mats, cushions, and furniture that can be crawled under and create your own obstacle course. Establish your own rules as to how each child must navigate the course. One fun challenge could be to carry a ping pong ball or hard-boiled egg along in a spoon as they go, with each contestant who fails to cross the finish line with ball or egg in spoon is disqualified. Use a timer to determine who completes the course the fastest.
Establish a course around the house for each “fly” to traverse. As each one passes by, the “spider” will try to throw the blanket/web to try and ensnare his prey. A fly is officially considered trapped in the spider’s web if it touches any part of their body passing by. The game ends when the spider has trapped every fly in its web. Flies can get creative about dodging the spider’s web, but the spider has to keep trying until each fly has been caught.
This is another good one for burning off some of that energy. Line up a series of small objects in two parallel lines, about a foot apart. Tell the kids this is a stream, have them line up on either side, and tell them to jump across without touching in between the lines. If they do, it means their foot got wet and they’re disqualified. Once the first round is over, widen the distance a little bit and keep going until the stream becomes a river.
Remember, there are countless YouTube videos that offer everything from music lessons to drawing tutorials and math drills. They’re also good teaching aids and can help children sharpen classroom skills they need for a career such as real estate. According to Redfin, “Real estate is a complex field that requires skills in math, science, English, social studies, and home economics. By incorporating real estate-based lessons into your curriculum, you can help students gain valuable skills in practical math application, presentation, forming a persuasive argument, earth science, and so much more.” You can also find fun science experiments online, such as the rainbow magic milk experiment.
Rainy days can be a lot of fun if you know how to transform everyday items and familiar indoor spaces into realms of imagination and learning. Look around and imagine how kids might adapt their surroundings. Who knows? They might not want to wait for the next rainy day to do it all over again.