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Do you have a rainy day things to do list?
It can definitely be hard to entertain the kids on rainy days.
Where will they go to expell their endless amounts of energy when it’s cold and raining?
…and how will you get anything done while you try to entertain them for hours on end indoors when it’s raining outside.
As a work at home, home schooling mom rainy days are tough. Being outside helps my kids focus on learning, reduces boredom, and helps them go to bed and sleep longer.
How can I have fun in the rain with my kids?
As parents our first thought when it’s raining is to find something for the kids to do inside. This is completely understandable to me if it’s freezing cold.
But, what about a rainy day that isn’t too cold?
One of the funnest ways for your toddler to learn and get out extra energy on these days is to let them explore the rain. Let them feel it on their fingers, play, and run in the puddles.
Maria Montessori said in Nature In Education “Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”
What can I do with my toddler on a rainy day?
There are lots of activities to do with your toddler on a rainy day! Include your older kids on the fun too.
Jump in rain puddles– If the weather isn’t too crazy play in the rain and jump in the puddles. Have fun learning about rain in the rain!
Go for a walk– Get out your umbrellas and go for a rainy day walk. Kids love any excuse to use their umbrellas and there are so many cute umbrellas you can buy for kids. (See Below)
Kidorable Red Ladybug Umbrella for Girls w/Fun Ladybug Handle, Pop-Out Eyes, Polka DotsStephen Joseph Pop Up UmbrellaWestern Chief Kids Character UmbrellaStephen Joseph All Over Print UmbrellaKidorable Space ship Pop up Umbrella for Kid with Safety Open and Close by Micaddy | Nasa Universal ET Planet Starts | Age 3Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid and Toddler UmbrellaHatley Little Girls’ Printed UmbrellasHasbro Girls Little Pony ‘Squeeze and Flap’ Fun Rainwear Umbrella, Blue, Age 3-7
Bake a Homemade Treat– Make something fun with your kids while your stuck inside like silly pizza faces or cookies.
Play with play dough or clay– Build something with your kids out of play dough or clay. Get creative and have a building competition with your kids.
Get out old toys– Grab some toys out of the garage or closet that your kids haven’t played with in a while and have some fun!
Make a blanket fort– Get all the blankets out of the closet and set up some chairs for your kids to make a blanket fort. This can be something that entertains them all day!
Story Time– Read some children’s rain books to your kids on a rainy day. Talk to them about rain and where it comes from.
Board Games– Rainy Days are the best time to get out board games and bond with the family.
Paper Boat Race– Make paper boats with your kids and race them down the rain gutters.
Make a Stop Motion Video- Grab some toys and craft supplies to create your own stop-motion video. Our kids made the stop motion video below on one of our rainy days. It’s a fun thing for the whole family to do and it’s cool for your kids to learn how movies are made.
What is your favorite kids activity for bad weather days? Have you ever made a stop-motion video? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!