Don't let rainy days spoil all the fun. If you can't go
outside, use these creative ideas to bring the fun indoors instead.
Pretend to go camping. Build a tent in your living room out
of blankets and chairs. Don't forget to bring the flashlights, snacks, and
books. Or make it an igloo and pretend to hunt for polar bears and go ice
Recycle, reuse, renew. Find broken crayons, put them in an
oiled muffin tin, and place them in a warm oven to melt. Let them cool and pop
them out of the tin. Use your new "rainbow colorwheel crayons" to
draw pictures for Grandma and Grandpa.
Create an in-home theater. Set up chairs or pillows in the
living room, turn out the lights, grab popcorn and beverages, and put on a
classic like Lady and the Tramp or Cinderella.
Mix education and fun. Pull out old magazines and catalogs
and let your kids find pictures of animals, food, babies, or cars. Give them
safety scissors and glue sticks to make collages.
Get messy! Can't play in the dirt? Play in the tub with
shaving cream, bathtub paints, and bath crayons. Don't want a bath? Paint with
finger-paints or, for easier cleanup, let your kids paint with chocolate and
vanilla pudding cups. Yummy!