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Rainy Day Activities During the Rainy Season

Updated on October 2, 2010

Indoor Rainy Days at Home - Rainy Day Activities

Rainy Day Activities

Summer time is just around the corner. School will be ending soon and summer vacation for our children is fast approaching. When the weather is bright and warm, outside play is never an issue. There are parks filled with sand boxes, swings, climbing apparatus, benches, bike paths and plenty of other children to play with. However, when the weather is grey, and the low hanging clouds deliver rain, we cannot help but to ask ourselves: What are we going to do with the children inside today? There are many solutions to this but I have a few simple solutions that will keep the children entertained while keeping within a monthly entertainment budget.

Many resources divide up types of activities into age groups with age appropriate activities. That’s all fine, except when you have a family with children whose ages span over many years. In some circumstances, the children range in age from toddler to teenager. How can you keep them all busy, happy and learning during these “indoor” days? Good question!

Play dough is one of the best investments you can possibly make as it is attractive to the young toddler and young adults alike. You can either purchase the product in stores, or you can make your own. Play dough ranges from the traditional combination of flour, salt and water to variations that incorporate oatmeal or peanut butter and are edible for the younger set. Adding cookie cutters, spoons, paper plates, candles, paper cupcake liners, rolling pins and other gizmos will enhance their creativity for hours of play time.

Salt dough provides another great tactile experience. It can be mixed and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two weeks; however, let it warm up to room temperature before using. Just like all soft dough, it can be rolled, squished, formed and squeezed into many different shapes, animals, and objects. Salt dough projects can be baked at a very low oven temperature for several hours until dried thoroughly. Once cooled, they can then be painted with acrylic paint and decorated with an assortment of embelishments like gems, feathers, beads, and fabric.

Physical games like hide and seek can be played during the day, or better yet, at night with flash lights or glow sticks. During the day, areas of the house can be made dark by closing the drapes or making tents out of blankets for hideouts. After a few games of hide and seek, the tents can then be used as play areas for imaginary play or as a setting for a picnic lunch.

There are many types of games that can be played in teams. These games can include I Spy, Simon Says, charades, musical chairs, freeze dance, follow the leader and various board games.

More Rainy Day Activities

Arts and crafts are another enjoyable way to spend time indoors. Make a theme for the project, such as animal masks, body outlines for self-portraits, holiday ideas, special events or special interests. Some staple items that you should always have on hand for indoor days include crayons, pencil crayons, water based markers, finger paints, construction paper, painting paper, glue, scissors, embellishments, coloring books, beads, string and a good age appropriate movie (and popping corn to go with the movie).

If everyone feels cooped up, going to a “playground” within a restaurant will provide the needed change of scenery. There are some restaurant chains that provide indoor climbing structures for their patrons to use. In some cities, there are facilities that provide a complete environment for indoor play that include climbing structures and plastic ball pits. A light lunch and a few hours of play time can pass the rainy day very quickly.

No matter which activity you choose, you and your children will be creating wonderful memories together.

Beth100

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Michael Shane -- Thank you! I hope that you will try some of these ideas. :)

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great ideas! Thanks for the info....

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Maita -- Yeah, missing the sunshine too! It's warmer here today, but it isn't summer! As they say, work hard but play harder!! Enjoy your playdoh!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      good advices Beth, playing dough is fun really, good and not boring as well, Hmmm missing sunshine really its cold in here and mostly it is dark outside right now too, Thanks, i might as well play it too, haha, just kidding, maita

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Misty -- I swear we're sharing one mind! lol Thank you for dropping in.

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      mistywild 8 years ago from Houston, TX (Proud Texan)

      love it, great minds and all. lol. like was said in forum. great hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Zadrobi -- Well, I guess he'd have to be life size, and since you're a med student, anatomically correct! lol I'll expect a photo of your creation. And, the peanut butter playdough is the best -- my dogs loved it too! :)

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      zadrobi 8 years ago from Carbondale, IL

      Hahaha why didn't I think about playdoh? I'm going to build a person out of playdoh and put him in front of one of the urinals in my dorm's bathroom. And what?--edible playdoh?! I'm in heaven. Thanks for opening my eyes, Beth!

      (good hub)

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts Jill of Alltrades!

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Great tips here Beth! Thank you for sharing!

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Body and Soul, I hope your toddler finds that rainy days can be loads of fun too!

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      BODYandSOUL 8 years ago

      great tips, it's rainy days here and I would love to introduce some of the activities to my toddler.

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Wannabewestern!

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      Carolyn Augustine 8 years ago from Iowa

      Our "rainy" season is the hot summer months when it is just too hot to go outside to play. It's been some time since I've made playdough, but agree that can offer a lot of creative fun. Our family loves to play with a marble playset we bought that can be constructed into hundreds of different designs.

      Welcome to HubPages!

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Ivorwen,

      Thanks for your feedback! I am always creating new things for the kids to do during our rainy season, and with seven, I can get really creative! lol The peanut butter play dough is everyone's fav...especially the dog's! lol

      Angela

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      These are some great ideas! June is our 'month of rain,' and while we enjoy it, one can only stay inside for so long. The boys love to put on there swimming trunks and play in the rain. When they tire of that, they come in and make stuff or build in the garage. I had spaced play-dough -- they love it and home-made is digestible!

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Cashmere,

      Ihave one of those too, but when he's given no choice for a few hours, he settles down. I find that if I give him two options to choose from, he takes full control of his actions and participates completely. Thank you for posting your comment,,,maybe I'll make a new hub for our on the go type kids!

      Beth

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      My son is the kinds who can't sit still unless its in front of the TV or computer.

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