Many parts of Texas have been experiencing heavy showers lately, which makes playing outside after school impossible. After a few days of no recess and staying inside all afternoon, your little ones may start to develop a bit of cabin fever, especially on the weekends. Instead of popping in a DVD, try some of these ideas to keep your kids entertained on these dreary days!
1. Go Camping Inside
This is a perfect rainy (or chilly!) Saturday afternoon activity. Build a fort with blankets, add sleeping bags, and maybe even construct a campfire out of tissue paper! Your little ones can read or play games at the “campsite”, roast s’mores over the stove, and use their imagination to go on a “hike” around the house. It’s just like camping, but without the bugs!
2. Hold Family Olympics
Gather your crew together and play an array of Minute to Win It games. You can form teams or play as individuals, and whoever wins the most matches takes the gold!
3. Build Something Useful
For your kids who like to be problem-solvers, have them invent something practical using things they find around the house. You can use objects that would typically be thrown away or recycled, like milk cartons, cereal boxes, or paper towel rolls, in addition to craft supplies.
4. Head to the Kitchen
Recruit your kids to help you cook dinner! Have them help you stir, measure, or make a salad. Another great option is to whip up a batch of cookies or another sweet treat for a fun afternoon snack, or to share with your neighbors. Bonus activity: helping to clean up the mess they made!
How do you and your little ones play on a rainy day? Let us know!