5 Ideas for Rainy Day Fun
Unpredictable summer weather has a special way of throwing off plans for outdoor adventure. While it’s hard to translate bikes rides to inside, rainy days don’t have to be dull and dreary. Make the most of rainy days with our 5 ideas for rainy day fun.
1. Download fun apps.
It isn’t the best advice to give your child yet another reason to stick his/her face into a phone or tablet. However, this is just the type of circumstance when they do come in handy. There are endless apps out there designed to educate, stimulate, and entertain. A rainy day is a good time to hunt for the latest and greatest. Check out the 15 Tops Apps for Kids by Age.
2. Home video theatre.
Another handy feature of our technology is that we have the capability to make our own productions of any kind. Create memories and preserve them digitally for eternity by filming the family doing whatever fun and crazy things your family enjoys. One great idea is to ask the kids to come up with their own interpretation of Mom or Dad. Have them dress the part and act out the skit they come up with. Chances are, you will be belly laughing while trying to hold the camera straight and will also learn something about yourself as a parent.
3. Unleash the artist inside.
Paper, paint, and imagination are all that are required to keep small children happy for at least a little while. With a little prodding, even older children can’t resist being creative if given the opportunity. If there is a special event coming up, such as Mother’s Day or a birthday, ask them to paint something special for that day and let their creativity take it from there.
4. Write a story together.
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov. The ability to describe and view our lives in great detail and substance is a most valuable gift. We can encourage and develop this in our children in several ways, including the following exercise. Find an object as inspiration for your story, such as a stuffed animal or a toy. Then allow the imaginations of your children to build your story from there. Assign characters, a plot, a moral, and a conclusion. The result will be magnificent no matter what is written.
5. The joy of building something.
As adults, we are aware of the deep satisfaction that comes from building something on our own. That is how great things are achieved. Children learn this trait from an early age building all sorts of creations with their toys. Break out the Legos, the Lincoln Logs, the Erector Set, or model planes and cars. Your children will have a huge smile when they proudly display what they have made.
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