After an extremely wet spring, the summer has turned out to be hot and dry here in Southern Ontario. These sunny days have allowed for hours upon hours of outdoor play. Sandbox, swings, and water fun have been the theme of our days almost every single day, and all of this activity will surely make for some happy, and tired kids at the end of the day.
Summer is also known for its wicked thunderstorms around here, which seem to be occurring with a bit more frequency these days. I feel like my power is going out at least once a week lately!
On those rainy days, which are often times humid as well, finding things to occupy the little ones may seem a bit daunting when they are so used to keeping busy all hours of the day outside. But have no fear, we have compiled a list of some great things to do to make for a pleasant day for both caregiver and children.
1. Build a Fort
No need to go spend money on fancy fort building materials. There is a fantastic tutorial written by a dad over at Simplemom on how to build an amazing fort. This is always a hit, and the trick is to not to let the “mess” stress you out! (photo: source)
#2. Make Homemade playdough
Making playdough couldn’t be any easier. One thing I learned from my own mother at a very young age is to keep a little Cream of Tartar in my cupboard. To this day I have no idea what it could be used for other than making playdough! It is a cheap alternative to store bought brands, and you know exactly what is going in it. Visit Karen Cheng’s Fashion & Life blog for a step-by-step guide.
#3. Make A Summer Craft
I have learned so much through trial & error about crafting with little ones. In the past I have attempted to do crafts with my boys, only to find that my expectations were a bit out of line. So I understand if there is any apprehension here, however, don’t be intimidated to give it a try, it’s all about fun after all right? This craft was picked specifically for its simplicity. Mom does the prep work, and the kids simply assemble. Visit Two Hearts Together for details, and if you have other colours of paper, make different fruit!
#4. Have An Indoor Picnic
An indoor picnic is a surefire way to get your children excited about a meal. The last time I did this, both of my boys ate their entire meals, and their moods went from a little foul, to very happy! This reminds me of a post by a friend over at Your Green Baby, who shared that her parents had a weekly taco night which included a picnic inside weekly. She has fond memories of this and I think it’s a fab idea for a regular night of fun. Photo Via 5 Minutes Please
#5. Write A Book
My four year old and I do this activity often. He is a bit too young to write himself, but his imagination knows no bounds. I have him recite stories to me in detail, often times about superheroes, and by this point he knows to let me know when it’s time to start a new page! After the story is complete, he takes the reigns and colours in pictures to correspond with the pages. View Imagination Soup for some great pointers and guidelines on how to get things started.
We would love to hear your tips! What do you and your kids do on rainy summer days?