Favorite Rainy Day Activities for Kids
They say April showers bring May flowers, but man oh mighty, I think Mother Nature forgot to turn her calendar over. So far this has been an extremely wet May, which was preceded by an extraordinarily wet April. And worst of all is when those wet weeks stream into the weekend.
I don’t know about your kiddos, but E has been extra-charged lately and I blame the lack of outside time, especially on the weekends. Since we have been copped up more, I have decided to share my list of favorite rainy day activities that will (hopefully) keep your little ones entertained.
1. Art. E loves all things art. I mean, she did have an entire birthday party that was art themed. So, during the rainy times I try to keep out art cart stocked full of all the essentials: crayons, markers, paper, glue, coloring books, stickers, pom poms… you get my drift. We are a big fan of the Crayola ColorWonder paper in our house since it is mess-free, but E also just loves to create. Instead of throwing out cardboard boxes, I keep a stash in the closet for her to decorate and create anything from spaceships to robots.
2. Activity Books. I am a huge fan of anything educational that seems like good ole fashioned play for E. I stock up on activity books anywhere I can find them. Target had some great ones in the Dollar Spot not too long ago and my other go-to is Usborne. Usborne has hundreds of age-appropriate activity books that include anything from wipe-clean workbooks for letters and numbers to E’s favorite Shine-a-Light books.
3. Cards. I mean its never too early to teach them a mean poker face right? Not really, but card games are great for littles. We probably have a deck of cards in every room and from every character imaginable. Princesses, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol… we play go-fish, Crazy 8s, slap jack, and memory with just playing cards.
4. Cooking/Baking. Rainy days often end up with some sort of baked good in our house. if she can’t get messy outside, we just do it inside! Bake with you kiddos. Let them help you mix cookie dough, roll it out, use the cookie cutters. Want less mess? Use slice and bake, but let them place them in the cookie sheet and then decorate them. I always try to read the directions to E and let her tell me when the oven says the correct temperature. Anytime I can add in a little learning, I do. And who cares if the cookies end up in the trash, its about the time spent together.
5. Sensory Play. Sensory play is any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. That is why I love baking with E. She loves to touch and get her hands dirty and its amazing! There are tons of pinterest ideas for sensory play and sensory bins, but this busy mama doesn’t have time for that. Instead, I outsource.
One of my good friends started a sensory bin subscription box called Let Them Be Little. She saw a need after her daughter Cameron was in an accident that required emergency brain surgery at 9 months old. She introduced Cameron to sensory play and has seen the benefits firsthand. I have seen the benefits too as Cameron is one of the sweet babies I teach creative movement too. Check out Let Them Be Little and get your box this month!
What are your favorite rainy day activities for kids?
That’s all I’ve got for ya’ll this week – be sure to follow along over on Instagram if you see flooding, send the ark! I hope your weekend is restful and relaxing! Linking up below.