5 Tips for Making Rainy Days the Best Days

April 24, 2012 at 8:00 am 5 comments

5 Tips for Making Rainy Day the Best Days
  1. Make it a “Kids in the Kitchen” day!
    They’ll not only get some delicious results, but they’ll be using math (measuring and counting), observing scientific principles (effects of heat, what happens when different ingredients are combined) and using their senses (smelling the food cook, touching the ingredients and, of course, tasting the food!). Some easier cooking projects you might want to try with your kids include soft pretzels, cookies, cupcakes, bread, pizza and meatballs . . . but the options are endless!
  2. Hide!
    What’s better than a cozy place to hide on a rainy day? Build a fort or hideaway using couch cushions, pillow and blankets. Add some books to read, coloring books and crayons or some flashlights to add to the play possibilities!
  3. Get Crafty!
    Pull out the sticker pads, crayons and a cardboard box. These simple items will keep a child busy for hours and allow him to create anything in his imagination. Some possibilities: a robot, vehicle, castle, villain’s lair!
  4. Make Your Own Party!
    Does your child have lots of stuffed animals? How about throwing a teddy bear birthday party? This can be as simple as gathering the bears in a circle and pretending it’s a party, or something much more elaborate that includes birthday cards, decorations and even a real birthday cake!
  5. Be Prepared!
    Keep a collection of rainy day ideas. Get in the habit of saving supplies for rainy-day/indoor activities that appeal to you. When the rain starts, you’ll never have to scramble to find something to do! You can pull out supplies for several ideas and put each group in its own bowl or tray. Kids will love having the chance to choose an activity that’s ready to go!

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ethan  |  June 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Sounds like a great idea for cooking with kids! Thanks for sharing! I’d like to invite you to our party, Fantastic Thursday. http://www.fivelittlechefs.com Hope to see you there!

  • 2. Vicky  |  April 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Love the baking idea. Kids love helping out in the kitchen and it makes some great memories. Vicky from http://www.messforless.net

    • 3. melissaanddoug  |  April 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Thank you for your comment! MessForLess.net is a blog that I look at almost every day! You have great ideas on there 🙂

  • 4. Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon  |  April 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

    We love to bake on rainy days too. It makes the house feel so much cozier!

    • 5. melissaanddoug  |  April 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Yes, it makes the house a little warmer and let’s not forget how good it smells too 🙂


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