April’s showers bring May’s flowers… Isn’t that how the old nursery rhyme goes?
Well, I can sure agree with that statement this year! We have had so many rainy days this April and sometimes I let my kids just veg on their iPods or watch t.v. But just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you and your little ones need to sit around waiting for the sun to shine. There’s still plenty to do – get creative and have a blast!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1.) Shadow Puppets
These are fun for all ages but tend to really awe the toddlers. To make shadow puppets all you need is light behind your hand aimed at a light colored wall or canvas. It’s really neat in the dark but you can do it with any range of lighting, even sunlight.
There are lots of animals and people you can make but starting off with a few basics will get you going.
To make a bunny use your first two fingers to make a “V” (or a peace sign) and crook your fingers a little. You can move your fingers back and forth for the twitch effect.
Make a bird by lacing your thumbs together and waving your hands simultaneously like the flapping of the bird wings.
A dog is easy to do by lacing your fingers together, using your thumbs for the ears and your pinky fingers for the mouth. Move your pinky fingers in an up and down motion to look as if the dog is barking or the wolf is howling. Add some sound effects and your kids will love it!
2.) Build a Fort
What kid doesn’t want to have his very own fort? It’s so easy to do indoors. All you need is a couch, a couple of kitchen chairs, an ottoman, a TV tray or really anything that you can use to construct your framework. Then drape sheets or blankets over your framework and voila you’re done.
Your kids and even you will have lots of fun filled hours hanging out, playing games, reading or telling stories in your blanket (or pillow) fort.
3.) Plan Dinner and Dessert
Most kids want to get in the kitchen and help out. Take time to plan a dinner from start to finish with your children. Let them choose a dinner that they will be able to help make and a yummy dessert to finish it off.
This will not only entertain them but help them to build confidence and ability in learning to cook AND cleaning up as they go.
4.) Family Game Night
Children love to spend fun times with their family and a great tradition to start is family game night. Plan one night out of the week (or more) to play a game with the kids. Pick an age appropriate game so the little ones don’t get bored too easily.
5.) Embrace the Rain
That’s right, grab those rain boots and an umbrella and go out into the rain! See how many raindrops you can catch on your tongue, jump in some puddles, and dance in the rain! Kids love doing these kinds of things and it teaches them to embrace the day, no matter what it may bring. Plus, what kid doesn’t love seeing Mom or Dad dancing around in puddles and making a fool of themselves? 🙂
Spending time with your children doing basic and fun things will fill their mind with memories they won’t soon forget. Not only that, but you’ll be teaching them a valuable skill: entertaining themselves without the benefit of a computer or television screen.