When it’s raining outside, it usually means that the usual activities your children would do have to be put off and it’s time to come inside and enjoy the warmth. It’s raining, it’s pouring, and the kids say that it’s boring, which means you need to get creative – well, sometimes. Some children need to learn to be a little bored and use their imaginations, and as a parent it’s not possible to fill the entire day of your child with activities and fun. Sometimes it’s absolutely fine for them to be bored.
When you’re stuck indoors during the long summer break, though, your services to entertain the kids are needed, and this means getting your thinking cap on and thinking of things for your children to do day by day. While being outside means that you can give your kids a chance to get rid of all that adrenaline and pent up energy, being inside gives them a chance to recharge and relax – and still have some fun! With the ideas below, you can help them to come up with things to do that will make them feel like they are able to enjoy themselves – even when it’s horrendous outside.
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Games to play while it’s raining
Just because the kids are inside the house, doesn’t mean that they can’t get in some exercise. Choose a medley of songs on your iPod and choose a leader. The game is that the group copy the leader’s moves, just like they would in a mirror. During the game, the leader can call out for a free for all, and everyone freestyles until the song is over. It’s a great way to get kids moving and having fun all at once.
Outside Games Inside
It’s raining, sure, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring some of the outside games inside. Hula hooping, sock basketball and cornhole are just a few of the games you can bring inside, and you can get wraps for cornhole specifically for the indoor game. This can help you to tell the difference between the outside set and the inside set.
Tag – With A Twist
If you have the space, this game will have the kids falling around laughing in no time at all. Every player is ‘it’, and the aim of the game is to tag the arms and legs of the other players. Once a limb is ‘tagged’, the player can no longer use that limb. You can tag other parts of the body, but they don’t count for anything. The winner is the one with the most body parts in play.
It doesn’t matter how old they are, all children love balloons – even the big kids! All you need is something to use as a bat; fly swatters, rolled up paper, etc. Blow up balloons and keep the balloons in the air being batted as long as possible.
Rainy days don’t have to be boring ones; make them fun and imaginative in a few minutes and without much cash!