Tis’ the season for getting creative with play.
Here are 10 ideas we rotate when the weather gets frightful:
Make playdough, shaving cream art (squirt shaving cream in a baking sheet & add drops of food coloring), finger paint or use sensory bins
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Hide & Seek
Classic family game can be inside or outside.
You can get creative with household materials or buy a fort building kit.
“Laser” Obstacle Course
Go to a real laser tag course or make your own. See @littlemovingartists Instagram feed for photo of how to use the party streamers
Use painters tape or left over party streamers to make an indoor laser course.
Paint, draw, color
Use a craft kit, build a model car, make an “invention” out of cardboard & painters tape (you can use a theme or just let their imaginations go).
Put on your favorite tunes or search for Kids Zumba or Kidz Bop videos on You Tube
For longer bouts of rain I dip into my rainy day kit (unless my son ask for it on a rainy day).
3 Bonus Rainy Day Play ideas:
- Suit up & Play in the rain Local parks & hiking trails are well suited for puddle jumping (during or just after the rain). Be sure to bring plenty of wipes & a change of clothes or two.
- Indoor play areas (malls sometime shave an indoor play area) but those are generally too crowded for me. We go to our local trampoline park or bounce house.
- Indoor sports places (soccer, etc), Fitness Facility or gymnastics sometimes set up obstacles for kids during stormy/ rainy weather (even if you are not a member it doesn’t hurt to ask if they do that or have non-member services to try out the facility. Most of them offer a free trial course or special trial pricing).
Where do you Rainy Day Play?