There’s nothing worse than being stuck inside with your kids on a rainy day, especially if they started the day with a ton of energy and you want nothing more than to send them outside to run until they fall asleep on their feet. Don’t let a gloomy weather forecast stress you out, though. Here are some great ways to have fun with your kids on a rainy day. Who knows? You might have a bit of fun yourself in the process.
Set up a ‘laser maze’
You don’t have to get outside to keep your kids active. All you need is some yarn, some tape, and a hallway or room that you don’t mind blocking off for a while. Set up a laser maze for the kids to navigate by running the yarn back and forth between the walls, wrapping it around furniture and doorknobs. If they touch a ‘laser’ they have to start over. You can make it even more fun by putting a prize at the end — if they make it through the maze, they get a treat!
Have a family movie day
Rainy days are the perfect excuse to watch movies. Pick a few of them — you can even go to the store for new ones if you don’t mind driving in the rain — and stock up on movie snacks like candy and popcorn. Dim the lights and enjoy a family movie day. In keeping with the dark and dreary weather, we recommend some ‘scary’ kids movies like Hotel Transylvania, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie or The Corpse Bride.
If you’ve got glue, borax and water, or water and corn starch, you can spend the afternoon getting messy — and what kid doesn’t like making a mess? The first three ingredients make a basic slime, while the last two create Oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid that is liquid if you move slow but solid if you strike it. Both projects are incredibly messy but they can be a great way to spend a rainy afternoon when you’re stuck inside. You need one teaspoon of borax and one cup of water combined with a mixture of 1/2 cup glue to 1/2 cup water to create slime. For the Oobleck, mix two parts cornstarch to one part water until it forms a paste.
Check out local museums
Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you’re stuck in the house. Why not check out the exhibits your local museums have to offer? Plenty of museums have kid-friendly attractions, even ones that might not seem terribly family-friendly at first glance. The Henry Ford Museum, for example, has plenty of automotive history for the adults to enjoy, but it also has a playground that includes historical cars like a 1931 Model AA truck for kids to play on.
Build a catapult for marshmallows
Is there anything better to do on a rainy afternoon than to wire up on sugar? Why not make a game out of it, by creating catapults and shooting marshmallows into each other’s mouths? You don’t need to be an engineer for this build — all you need is some popsicle sticks, some rubber bands and a plastic spoon to create a functional catapult. You can adjust the rubber bands and the height of the fulcrum to make your snack foods fly further if you want. Just be prepared to pick up a lot of errant marshmallows when you’re done playing.
Don’t stress and have fun
Don’t let rainy days stress you out, even if the kids are home. There are plenty of ways for you to have fun and keep them entertained without losing your sanity in the process. Most of these projects only need things you probably already have around the house.
If you’re heading out, be sure to find places that offer kid-friendly attractions or, at the very least, a playground to keep them entertained. Make a mess, enjoy some snacks and have fun with your kids. They won’t be small enough for you to entertain with yarn laser mazes and plastic spoon catapults forever, you know. Enjoy the time while you have it.
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