Summer is here and for us in Texas that means a lot of rainy days. Not to mention hurricane season. My grandson Isaiah has only been out of school for about three weeks now and he’s already singing the “there’s nothing to do” song. And he’s only 6 years old!
A couple of weeks ago it was raining cats and dogs. My grandsons had enough of movies, coloring and board games. So we surprised them by letting them play in the rain. But as soon as we heard the boom of thunder we brought them inside. And it wasn’t long before they were singing the “there’s nothing to do” song again.
And for tweens and teens, tearing them from their iPhone and social media is like the end of the world for them. So trying things that we used to do when we were kids is so uncool in their book.
8 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Rainy Day
When bad weather keeps your kids from playing outside, you may have to come up with ways to keep boredom away. And when you’re up against technology you have to think outside of the box to get a kid’s attention.
Today, we are going to take a look at 8 indoor activities that will keep kids of all ages and their friends entertained on a rainy day. And hopefully a little free time for mamas!
Kids love eating cookies or cakes that they made themselves. There are tons of recipes online that are fun and easy to follow. If you don’t want your kids using the oven, find recipes for fridge tarts. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen has a lot of benefits. It allows you to spend quality time with them, it’s educational, and it can develop into a passion.
Create a Windowsill Herb Garden
Teach your kids the value of planting greenery by planting herbs into little pots. Windowsill herb gardens are easy to grow and care for. It’s also handy when you are cooking. Herbs like basil, cilantro, sage, and parsley are excellent for growing indoors, and your kids will love eating the herbs they grew themselves. They can also decorate the garden with little name tags attached to popsicle sticks.
Install a Streaming App
Making use of an online streaming service like Kodi can provide your kids with hours of entertainment. To get on-demand content, you may have to install add-ons like 1Channel Primewire. Installing this add-on is easy and some online tutorials can show you exactly how. Kodi’s interface simple and you can access movies and TV shows with your TV remote.
There are many instructional videos that teach kids how to paint. Find out which ones your kids like so you know exactly what you should buy for them. You don’t want to buy watercolors just to find out that your kids like Bob Ross! Painting is a good way to stimulate your kids’ creative minds. It is a fun family activity and possibly a product creation process for school flea markets.
Start an Online Business
For older kid, the benefits of helping them start an online business are quite huge. It builds a culture of entrepreneurship and teaches your kids how to provide value to people.
Setting up a little e-commerce business doesn’t have to be complicated. Buying a generic product on a supplier platform and selling it on eBay can give them a lot of experience and know-how from a young age.
This art of paper folding is suitable for kids of all ages, since the complexity of each project can differ. Download the instruction for designs that your kids like and print them out. There are many interesting designs for example frogs that can jump or self-opening water lilies. This is a super cheap activity that has a lot of developmental value. Your kids can also display their finished projects in their room.
Bonsai gardening is an art form that can be a learning and exciting experience for kids. Trees that are pre-potted may work best since kids only have to trim and shape the trees. You can also help them to grow more trees from seeds or to propagate a trim from another tree. Show your kids videos and pictures from older trees to teach and motivate them.
This is a fun project for kids that involve both art and science. Mix milk with dish soap in a shallow, flat container. Your kids can then add food coloring that they can swirl and drag around to make interesting patterns.
They can also dip paper into the mix to create beautiful wall art for their bedroom. All you have to do is let their imagination run wild!
Over To You
I hope this post gave you some ideas to entertain the kids during rainy days. You might get some push-back when you suggest putting their mobile device down for some non-techie fun. But if you participate and get silly with them, they will come around. Just don’t give up!
So let’s chat! What are some of the things you do to keep your kids entertained on rainy days? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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