It's the last day of April and it's still raining! I'm walking around singing, "Rain, rain go away, come again another day." It’s no wonder grown-ups dread rainy days when they’re stuck indoors with young children who complain that they're bored and there’s nothing to do. So here’s a list of ten indoor activities (some new and a few tried and true) to keep the little ones busy and their caregivers from going bonkers on a rainy day.
1. Cut out pictures from old magazines or catalogues and glue them onto folded paper for a book. Write a story to go along with the pictures.
2. Have an indoor picnic. Spread a blanket on the floor then press raisins into cream cheese or peanut butter spread into a stalk of celery for an “ants on a log” picnic snack.
3. Make shadow animals on the wall using a flashlight.
4. See who can tell the funniest joke, the scariest story, or the silliest rhyme.
5. Draw faces on Popsicle sticks for stick puppets. Glue on cotton balls for hair or beards.
6. Make up silly dances then hold a “Dancing With The Stars” dance contest.
7. Wear costumes from old clothes, hats, jewelry, and gloves then act out a story.
8. Perform a puppet show behind an old sheet hanging between two chairs.
9. Learn to say, “I love you” in American Sign Language (you can find it on the web.)
10. Glue a drawing or large photograph onto cardboard, then cut out the pieces to make a puzzle.
Here are a few suggested picture books to read together on a rainy day:
RAIN by Robert Kalan
IT LOOKED LIKE SPILT MILK by Charles G. Shaw
RED RUBBER BOOT DAY by Mary Lyn Ray
RAIN by Manya Stojic
THE WIND BLEW by Pat Hutchins
THE RAIN CAME DOWNby David Shannon