I know this isn’t the case for everyone, but we are having a spate of rainy May days in my part of the world. I personally don’t mind rainy days, at least not too much. I enjoy the greenery it brings and all those flowers. The rain also provides the excuse to stay inside and get caught up on my writing and reading because if it is sunny out I tend to feel guilt for not being outside reveling in the warmth and blue skies. We have long winters here. I’m trying to figure out a way to store up those sunny summer days in a jar to dispel those dismal days of December, January, February, and most of March.
When the progeny were kidlits I made sure rain did not stop their fun. One of my helpers in this regard was a fabulous book called Rainy Days & Saturdays by Linda Hetzer. Inside our over 150 activities and ideas for chasing away the drizzle doldrums.
Check it some of our past favorites:
- camping out inside–the old blanket over the table works, but we filled the entire living room with elaborate blanket and sheet configurations
- bean bag throws–easy to make and hours of entertainment
- sock puppets–old socks, buttons, felt and it’s showtime
- finger painting–shaving cream mixed with food coloring in muffin pans equals pruny rainbow kids
- tissue paper stained glass–an old jar, watered down white glue, a paintbrush, torn tissue paper, and stick in a candle
- balloon volleyball–clear out the breakables and have at it
- tornado tubes–toy stores have the contraption to join two liter bottles together to create the swirly fun
- cooking–popovers, quesadillas, no bake cookies, homemade pizza
- clay ornaments
I’m keeping this one for the grandkiddos coming over. I can’t wait to build a fort again!
How about you? Do have some rainy day ideas that work well for your bunch?