No Rain On Your Parade: 10 ways to have fun indoors
- Make your own play-doh – kids enjoy the process AND the product. This recipe doesn’t require you to cook the dough, making it more kid-friendly than stovetop versions.
- Build a (safe) obstacle course in the house using pillows, stuffed animals, couch cushions, and other soft objects. Challenge your kids to race through and beat their best time.
- Do an art project. Pull out crayons, watercolors, finger paints, clay – whatever you have on hand. Just get your kids using their hands and creating something.
- Bake cupcakes. Beantown Baker has an amazing collection of recipes, ranging from simple to extreme.
- Play a game. Clue, Bananagrams, Spot It, Memory – anything age appropriate.
- Build a tower. It doesn’t matter how old your kids are – it’s always fun to construct something that’s taller than you. Use blocks, cardboard boxes, or the contents of your recycling bin, and just try to go as high as you can.
- Write a letter. Who does that anymore? Kids love the novelty of writing (or drawing) something that will travel via snail mail to someone they love. Grandma will be delighted!
- Play dress-up. If you have role-play costumes, use those; if not, let the kids raid your closet, and get dressed up in something fancy or funny. Kids will love trying on your shoes!
- Go outside and make a big splash! If it isn’t too cold, it can be fun to put on rainboots and a raincoat and go stomp around in the rain. The best part is the hot cocoa afterwards.
- Go shopping. Put the kids in the car and bring them to Magic Beans or another favorite store. Browse, play, and people-watch together.
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