Summer is a great time for kids. There is so many fun things to do outside. Unless of course, the day is rainy. Then you get to hear the inevitable, “I’m bored Mom”.
Now I’m a great proponent for children learning how to entertain themselves. It may be because as a child, I loved to read, or write little comic books or do a lot of other things on my own. I rarely needed entertaining.
Unfortunately my kids weren’t like that. They did get bored often and wanted me to entertain them. I would encourage them to find something on their own but after hearing it from 3 kids all day long, I came up with some ideas.
One thing I did was get together a large plastic box that only I was allowed to take down from the top shelf of the closet. This made it special. In the box, I kept beads, board games, puzzles, craft supplies, a few little lego kits for my son, a few special books and other toys.
The kids were allowed to play with the things in this box on a rainy day after their chores were done. And they had to treat the items in the box respectfully or the next time the box came down, the item would be gone. They also had to clean up and put everything back in the box when they were done or they wouldn’t be able to play with it the next time.
I think because of these rules and the big deal we made about “the box”, the kids really thought it was something special to get play with. And for the most part, they followed the rules. The few times one child would fall out of line, one of the other kids would tow them back in because they didn’t want to lose the privilege of playing with the box.
This rainy day box kept my kids busy on rainy days.
Occasionally, when I was getting stir crazy too, I would take the kids to McDonalds for lunch and let them run off some energy in the indoor playground. Or we would go to a movie.
Some other ideas:
- Make an indoor tent with a sheet draped over chairs.
- Rent a few movies and watch them.
- Have the kids make sock puppets and then put on a puppet show.
- Bake some cookies.
- If you got some big cardboard boxes, pull a few out and let the kids decorate them and play in them.
- If you have a Wii, put on some active games and have a competition.
- Put on a talent show.
- Or put on a play.
- Hide and let the kids find you.
- Do a craft together.
- If you have a lot of old magazines laying around, get the kids to cut out pictures they like, and make a picture book.
- Do a science project together, like the classic “make a tornado in a bottle.” For more science projects and other activities, check out this site: Rainy Day Activites
- Print out some coloring pages off the internet.
- Play a board game together.
- Blow up some balloons and play volley ball with them.
- Read a story to the kids.
- Have the kids make some Christmas cards for family members. They will be a big hit in December.
Okay, those are my ideas. I know it’s not always feasible, but when you are able, join in and play with your kids. Those are the memories they will carry long into adult-hood.