In my last blog, I suggested you go outside with your children, sit quietly, and listen to all the sounds around you. But what happens when the sounds you hear outside are raindrops hitting the windows? Not ideal when your kids are home for summer break.
While in times like these, if it’s warm enough, you could certainly go outside and play in the rain. Sometimes, that’s not an option though. So, let’s talk about things you can do to keep your kids occupied when it’s raining outside.
I’m sure they are going to be bummed when they hear the sound of the rain. So what better way to cheer them up than by doing something together? There are lots of fun things to do on a rainy day!
You can throw an old sheet out on the floor, grab some paints, get some paper or canvases, and create works of art together. You can each do your own or you can collaborate and make a big collage. Painting is a wonderful way to fill the time on a rainy day. It brings color to your life when the skies are gray. It also makes for some pretty amazing refrigerator art, not to mention the wonderful memories you’ll be creating with your child.
You already know I am a big fan of reading. What better way is there to pass the time on a rainy day than cuddling up with your favorite book? I must say that the stories of Little Owl and her forest friends are engaging and fun. Each story imparts a little life lesson! Get lost in the adventures and whimsical illustrations while imagining yourself in the world of Little Owl. Reading during the summer is a great way to keep your child’s mind working and learning.
Baking is a wonderful way to create memories and pass the time on a rainy day. It is chemistry after all! Baking is a win-win situation. You are teaching your child life skills, making memories, and creating some delicious treats in the process. Whip up some cupcakes or brownies and your gloomy day is sure to become much brighter!
These are just a few of the many things you can do with your children when dreary skies won’t let you go outside. The next time the sky darkens, I encourage you to use the time to create memories with your kids. They will stick with them for a lifetime. When they are parents, they will remember these rainy days, and build new memories with their own children! You may become so engrossed in your rainy day project that when you next look out the window, the sky is no longer gray, you can head out to play. What is your favorite thing to do when the skies open up and bless this earth with moisture? Share it with me on my FB Page!