We have been having a rainy summer, and although we are super glad it isn’t snowing, it does get tiresome. Therefore how do you keep kids busy on a rainy day?
The children are finished school and are very outdoorsy kids. They want to be outside running around and burning off energy. I want them outside breathing fresh air and maybe out from under my feet for a few minutes. Needless to say, the rain has kept them in.
However, I have managed to keep the, “I’m Bored!” away and keep the kids busy on rainy days.
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8 Ways to Keep Kids Busy on a Rainy Day:
As much as the children love board games the adults are not keen on them. We have found a few games we do love:
a) Even Steven Odd (you can read my review )
b) Scrabble are a few of our favorites.
c) When the power goes out, Monopoly comes out to play. This game is longer and thus, keeps their attention a bit longer too.
d) We love to play Boggle, the real skill is to see who can get the most words. So far, I hold the crown but I am sure to be dethroned this summer.
And then there are the ones we use for reinforcing learning, but shhhh!
The kids love to bake. So when I see them getting super stir crazy, I ask them to make a few cookies for someone they know. They love baking and giving away their treats.
My daughter loves to check out Pinterest for neat ideas. She loves to find a new recipe and then change it to make her own. I wonder where she got that from?
Art and Crafts
Just so you know, keeping construction paper, colored pencils, stickers, glue, and other supplies in a basket nearby has been life-saving. I will let you decide who was being saved, ha!
They create cards for other people, make-up treasure hunts around the house, work on drawing projects and games of their own.
I find giving them a few minutes to chill and have quiet time to read, makes them really happy. When I can not take the noise anymore I whip up a smoothie and ask them to read quietly for a few minutes.
We keep our bookshelf stocked with books they love to read again and again.Save your sanity with these 8 boredom busters and keep kids busy on a rainy day!Click To Tweet
Family Movie Night
Freshly popped popcorn and a favorite movie makes for a great family night. Be sure to either take turns choosing or have one chosen in advance. We really like watching Planet Earth Videos.
Build a Fort
My children, although older, still enjoy this activity. I have come into a room only to find no kitchen chairs and my couch cushions are missing! If you can handle the disarray I highly recommend them. Don’t forget to crawl through too! Let imaginations go crazy with pretend castles and dragons to defeat!
My daughter loves arts and crafts but her most recent love is photography. She has recently received as a gift a Polaroid camera, much to her delight.
She loves this thing so much!
Needless to say, this has been keeping her busy as she learns how to take photos, and collects them into a scrapbook of her own.
Don’t let the rain wreck your summer! Instead, save your sanity with these 8 boredom busters and keep kids busy on a rainy day 🙂
So tell me, what is your favorite way to keep the kids busy during the rain? I’ll see you in the comments!
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Readers Recommendations for keeping kids busy on rain days!
I am happy to announce many readers have chimed in with some games they love to play during the rain, click on the links to be taken right to the game to check it out!
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