5 Rainy Day Activities To Do With Your Toddler
Rain Rain Go Away...
There aren't many things that children enjoy more than going outside to play, but rain can really put a damper on outdoor playtime. My kids are no exception to this. They absolutely love going outside for walks to explore, and look at bugs and nature. However, sometimes the weather simply doesn't cooperate. Small children especially can get easily bored being stuck in the house all day, so try to have a few fun activities to break out on those foul weather days. This can help keep toddlers busy, and keep smiles on everyone's faces. Here are 5 ideas for activities you can do when it's wet outside. You can even join in too! You never know, you might just have a ton of fun yourself!
I know it sounds super messy, and that thought might terrify some parents, but if you get the really big paper and a smock, your mess to fun ratio can be significantly reduced. If the thought of your 2 year old covered in paint has really got you down, try to plan it around a bath. Most finger paints wash off easily with a little soap and water. If your toddler still likes to taste everything, you can mix up some vanilla pudding with a little food coloring, and let them finger paint with that without the worry of them ingesting something harmful. My last suggestion, if you are still put off by the mess idea, is to get some bathtub finger paint. It's available in the bath sections of Babies R Us as well as Walmart.
Homemade Water Table
I know the idea behind staying inside when it's raining is to stay dry, but if you put down a towel under your water table, the mess is really minimal. You'll need a plastic tub, some bathtub or beach toys, measuring cups and spoons, and some imagination. Simply fill the tub about a third of the way, place toys in the tub, and let your toddler play and play! For extra playtime fun, and a great learning experience add some food coloring, for a lesson in color mixing.
What kid doesn't love Playdough? The stuff has been around since I was a kid, although now I think it comes in just about every color imaginable. The beautiful thing about it is, that it's not very expensive, and you don't even need to buy any of the sets that come with it. Some Playdough, a rolling pin, and some cookie cutters goes a long way keeping toddlers entertained. If there is a problem with wheat allergies in your house, Crayola makes an alternative to Playdough called "My First Super Soft Dough." We have that in my house as well, and although you're more limited in colors, it's not as crumbly and it mixes colors beautifully.
Not only is it fun to include your children in your baking, you get to eat the end result! Let your toddler help you measure out ingredients and pour them in the bowl for you. If you're brave, let them help mix with a spoon. If you're making cookies, let them help you cut out shapes or decorate. Hey, if they're not into anything else, you can always let them lick the beater at the end (as long as there is no raw egg of course)
Go Outside And Get WET!
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? As long as there is no thunder or lightning present, strap some boots on your kids (and yourself if you want) and go outside! Let them run around and splash in puddles. Have them play in some mud, or give them an umbrella to twirl. The possibilities are endless! They'll totally wear themselves out, and maybe even *gasps* go to bed early!