Rainy Day Activities

Do you have a rainy-day rescue plan? When the kids are stuck inside all day, you’ll need some easy, breezy activities that spark their creativity, boost their brain power, and help keep you sane!

  • Go camping . . . inside! Set up a tent or sleeping bags indoors, turn out the lights, and tell spooky ghost stories or sing campfire songs. Play hide-and-seek with a flashlight, roast marshmallows over a candle, and send your child on a scavenger hunt for stuffed animals or nature-themed items you’ve hidden around the house.
  • —>Why It Matters: Experts say this kind of imaginative play lets kids observe, interact, and explore the world around them—even from the inside of a tent! As they imagine being on a camping adventure, they’re developing their imaginations, figuring out how things work, and learning to create their own fun. (Recommended for all ages)

  • Go puddle-jumping! Put on some grubby clothes and rain boots so you can all jump and stomp, run, and romp through the rain! Some toys are perfect for imaginative play in the puddles, like cars and trucks, plastic bugs and animals, and—if you’re really brave—shovels and bowls for making muddy recipes!
  • —>Why It Matters: Playing indoors has lots of benefits, but research shows that when kids have fun in nature, their play is even more imaginative and creative. Whether your kids are turning sticks into swords or making a habitat for bugs, they’re using their imagination, which boosts their language and cooperation skills. (Recommended for ages 3-5)

  • Build a family fort! Choose the corner of a room where your child can rearrange tall furniture and drape large blankets to create a secret hideaway filled with pillows, toys, and stuffed animals. They’ll love hanging out in their little home away from home!
  • —>Why It Matters: Forts are fab for all ages, which makes this a super activity for siblings. And they’re building more than a fort—they’re building social skills. Research published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that brothers and sisters who have fun together develop important skills like sharing, cooperation, and empathy.

  • Make up a musical! Challenge your child to stage the next great musical! Encourage them to write a story, create characters, make up music, and find costumes for the big show. Grab the camcorder; you’ll want to watch this performance again and again!
  • —>Why It Matters: This is another great way to inspire creativity in your kid. Even little ones can benefit. Research shows that the more time moms spend singing, reading, and playing games with their preschoolers, the more prepared their children are for school. All that singing and dancing at home translates into better reading scores, grades, and behavior at school! (Recommended for ages 6-9)

  • Have a seat! Got an old chair or table sitting in storage? Let your kid go crazy with paints, stickers, markers, and more to give it a new look. They’ll be so proud, and you might just wind up with some fabulously funky furniture.

  • —>Why It Matters: Parents play a huge role in helping kids discover their talents, interests, and hobbies. Think of those passions as “sparks.” You fan the flames whenever you provide your kids with new experiences. You’ll know when one of these activities ignites delight in your children because they’ll be so engaged and excited. A quarter of teens’ sparks are related to creative expression, so arts activities—like decorating furniture—are a great place to start. Once kids know their sparks, they’re much more likely to feel motivated, have a sense of purpose, and want to make a difference in the world—all traits that lead to school success and happiness! (Recommended for ages 6-9)

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