Don’t you just love the smell of rain, the comforting sound it brings as it pellets down on your roof or the coolness it brings on a warm day?
I love it when it rains. Can’t say the same for wired up little kids, though.
They’d be crying and whining – wanting to play outside. Where I’m from, running around and getting soaked in the rain is a common past time for kids. Yes, we let them bathe in the rain and they’re just fine. No, we’re not bad parents or guardians. Of course, we don’t let them run around in the rain if there’s an airborne disease warning, or it was too hot or a storm warning.
But what do you do when it’s been raining all day and it seems like it’s about to let up? A Disney movies marathon would be one option but do you think that would keep them in their seats? Even Frozen won’t be able to glue their bums to their seat longer than the screening time.
Here’s what you do -kiddie projects!
Indoor crafts and projects for your kids perfect for rainy days.
1. Paint Your Own
Your kids love painting. I’m sure of that. Know what they would love even more? Making their own paint. Sayonara to store-bought, unsafe watercolors and say hello to kid-friendly homemade paint. These are made out of baking soda, gel coloring, light corn syrup and vinegar.
Check out the instructions here.
2. DIY Play-Doh
Play-Doh can be expensive and they run out fast, especially if your kids leaves them lying out in the open. They dry out fast and are basically unusable once they do.
So, instead of buying them over and over again, why not make your own? This would be a good past time for you and your kids when you’re all stuck inside because of the rain.
Get the know-how here.
3. Puppet Theater
Let their imagination run free with a makeshift theater made out of cereal boxes. The process of creating this nifty craft is great as bonding time. Not to mention, the time you’re gonna be burning once they open the curtains!
Learn how to make it here.
4. Marble Run Tower
Give your kids a couple of marbles of different colors and get the race on! You’ll never get them to stop playing with this. And, all it takes are a few toilet paper rolls, some paint and you’re good to go!
Learn how to make this with your kids here!
5. Adventure Game Board
Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders and other gameboards starting to get boring? Make a board game with your kids. They can come up with the gameplay, rules, and theme. Work on it as often as you can or every day until you finish. It’s raining anyways so why not right?
Check the idea out here!
6. Activity Dice
Rainy days can make thing pretty boring. What you need is a bit of spontaneity. Make an activity dice for your kids or help them make one of their own and play along with what this game of chance brings you! Be as random as you can be in writing down the “dares” and see how much fun you’re going to have!
7. Cardboard Car
This is one of the most tried and tested kiddie projects. Cardboard cars are easy and cheap to make. If you have some leftover cardboard boxes you have no use for, then turn them into wearable cars for your kids. You can make a race course around the house and have a friendly race among your kids.
8. Homemade Flubber
Quite similar to a play dough but has a more gel-like texture. If your kids don’t know what a flubber is, show them the movie. Might also be a good way to pass the time during the rainy days.
9. Sock Puppets
Sock puppets are classic kiddie projects that never goes out of style. Whether you’re from this generation or the last, you’ve enjoyed sock puppets as a child. Your kids are sure to get a knack out of this activity.
10. Number Hockey
Number Hockey is a game created by a genius mom blogger, Kristina of Toddler Approved. Simply print out numbers of different colors and stick them on baby food lids to serve as pucks. You can use several different household items to use for hockey sticks and old Tupperware for the goal.
You or your husband can play this with your toddler. Or, your kids can play against each other and you act as referee – like always. :)
Check out this game here.
There you have our pick of indoor kiddie projects and activities you can do on rainy days.
I would recommend giving Number Hockey a try. It will help your toddler remember his numbers and is a great physical activity. Personally, this is one of the best kiddie projects I’ve come across online. I might try it for myself. :D
If crafts are starting to get boring, you can opt for baking or cooking activities instead. Yes, there is that chance of more things to clean up but getting them interested in cooking at a young age would actually be beneficial when they grow up.
Playing house is also another choice. Or, you can do a role play with them. This would be a great way to see what they dream to be when they grow up. :)
Rainy days can get really dragging, but, there are million of kiddie projects you can do with your kids. Just let your creativity lead you and you should be set to go!
Got any kiddie projects you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!