3. Build an Indoor Fort –
Blanket forts filled with pillows, cozy blankets, and loving snuggles are just another great classic on rainy days, enjoy a few our your favorite books, make shadow puppets, and just giggle.
4. Cook up some homemade hot chocolate –
Homemade hot chocolate just warms the soul. I like to make it with one part sweetener to two parts cocoa, a dash of salt and cinnamon, and a little milk.
5. Make a stage for puppets/finger puppets & create a story
Even if you have the smallest of kids, they can enjoy a few puppets and a creative story told by their caregiver. It’s a great way to spark imagination. On days that it’s storming, it’s always fun to make up stories that incorporate the thunder and lightning!
6. Decorate an umbrella!
What a great way to talk about the rain and be creative. You can even buy the umbrella (white or clear) ahead of time and let your kiddo know that they get to decorate it the next time it rains. For the clear plastic umbrellas, glass acrylic paint works great! For the white fabric variety, fabric markers are a wonderful option.
7. Play with water as a sensory activity – As long as it’s not too cold outside, take your water sensory tubs outside. We like to play with water and experiment with temperature, color, and more.
8. Make it a classical music marathon during storms –
Even as a child myself, I would LOVE to turn on classical music during intense thunderstorms. It was both calming and a game. I loved when a big bolt of lightning would strike at the same time as a big musical number would reach its peak! I would love to guess when it would happen and get so excited if it did!
9. Collect rain water – While you can’t do much until after the rain passes, collecting rain water is a fun and sustainable activity. Whether just in a small bucket or bowl, or a large scale rainwater system , you can have fun guessing how much water you are going to collect. You can talk about why it’s important to collect it (if legal in your area), and use it to water any sort of garden you might be growing with your little ones.
10. Just soak it in – Some days the best thing to do a rainy day is to relax. Know that it’s raining and listen to its gentleness on your roof. Enjoy the blessings of rain and not do a thing.
Enjoy your Rainy Days 🙂
Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!