Uplifting Family Activities for a Rainy Day
Sunny days are my favorite days, especially come summer time. You can have fun at the beach, grill hot dogs, enjoy cotton candy at the fairground, really, the list is endless. But rainy days bring to mind staying indoors and watching the raindrops drizzle down the window pane. Since we can’t prevent the weather, let’s change our beliefs and make the most of it! Instead of feeling sad and cranky over some summer rain showers, do something uplifting with your family, which will change dreaded rainy days into something which you will treasure forever.
6 Fun Family Activities for Rainy Days
1. Spontaneous camping
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Get your rain boots on, grab the tent from the garage, and set it up in the backyard! This is something the whole family can help with and have a laugh while doing so. Slips and falls will definitely be fun in the rain! Once you’re dry inside the tent, play some fun board games like, Operation, Skip-Bo, and Guess Who. The kids will love the sounds of the rain pattering on the tent. Let the kids bring their favorite stuffed animals into the tent too. By doing this, everyone gets a break from technology and enjoys the beauty of nature. Once it gets dark, bring out the tiki-torches, blankets, and treats for the kids. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see some stars after the rain clears. Make the little ones laugh by giving all of the stars a funny name. Camping is marvelous for the soul and an opportunity to cherish the wonders of the outdoors, even if just from your backyard.
2. Keep calm and bake on
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If rain has you stuck inside, play in the kitchen with the kids and create vanilla shortbread, chocolate brownies, snicker doodles, whatever their heart desires. Use a rainy day as an excuse for having a huge family bake time. If you’re stuck on ideas, have a look online for wacky and unique ideas and easy recipe guides such as Bakers’ Corner. If you don’t feel like baking, go for an easy snack. We love popcorn and movies at our house. Drizzle some melted chocolate on the popcorn, and you’ve got a delicious movie treat!
3. Everyone gather round, it’s family reading time
What’s better than sitting with the ones you love by a snuggly fireplace with a good children’s book? Reading with the little ones is something you will miss when they grow up, so make the most of those rainy days! Have a pajama party, cuddle up on the couch (or that new fluffy rug) and enjoy a fun, educational read with your children. Check out Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures to The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, stock up on those picture books and stories, so you’re ready and looking forward to a rainy day. My girls’ new favorites are the Pinkalicious books by the Kann sisters.
4. Go on a rainy adventure
Either while it’s still raining or when it’s finally calmed down, take the kids on an adventure of puddle splashing, worm hunting, and plant finding. The little ones will love to explore the outdoors, especially in the rain. Maybe you could create a checklist of things they need to find. Remember not to dress them in their best clothes, as they will get very muddy. If the sun has come out, you could even play a game of ‘spot the rainbow’. I love the way it smells outside after the rain. So refreshing. Listen for the sounds of the birds chirping and water dropping from the trees. The kids will love the adventure and exposing all of their senses to nature.
5. Fill a scrapbook with family memories
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There are hundreds of indoor activities for kids and a vast amount of blogs like Surrey Mama which are dedicated to giving you fantastic ideas. One activity is to make a family scrapbook. Everybody loves a bit of art and crafts, so this is something which both the adults and the kids will enjoy. Gather all the art supplies you can find in the house: glitter, crayons, paint, foam, stickers, etc. Either find an empty scrapbook or create your own with colored paper and start having fun! Let your creative minds (and the glue) flow. There will definitely be a big mess, but hopefully it’s a fun-filled mess. You could even find some family photos and make a collage. Kids love to see family faces and to be reminded of things. For more ideas, check out Rainy Day Mum on Facebook to give you more ideas. Hopefully, your rainy day will turn into a bright one by making the most of it and spending time with the family.
6. Make plans for the future
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This final one is mainly for the parents. Use the time to relax and collect all of your thoughts together. It’s easy to drain all your energy in the summer and cram too much into your schedule. A rainy day gives you the opportunity to update your planner and make preparations for the future. Schedule in those haircuts, play dates, and vacations. If you don’t use a planner (like me!) try setting reminders in your phone.
And finally, on a more serious note, if you are experiencing heavy rain, beware of flooding. Know how turn off your electricity and gas supplies, just in case. To be aware of any flood warning in your area, download weather apps like The Weather Channel to get all the latest updates. Inevitably, water can bring havoc to your house, and if your house has taken some harm from flooding, a water damage restoration service will make your life a whole lot easier. By using services like these straight away, you can avoid any more potential damage to your house and get the problem fixed effectively.
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