Here on Long Island, we’re well into the rainy season…
…which means we get to look forward to the seemingly endless snowy season that’s right around the corner!
As parents, we may tend to look at these countless hours spent indoors on the horizon as a challenge. How can we keep our little ones occupied during those chilly rain or snow days? What family activities can we plan ahead for to make the most out of our time together?
We asked our followers for their ideas, in addition to a few from our fellow Piping Rock parents, to compile a list of ideas you can use the next time you hear the dreaded, “I’m bored!”
1. Balloon Badminton
We love this idea! You’ll need 2 paper plates, 2 tongue depressors, some tape and a balloon. Tape the tongue depressors to the plates to create the “racket” and blow up the balloon to be the “birdie.” It’s that simple!
The best part of this activity is all the different games you can make from it! Play “Keep it Up” with the balloon by hitting it back and forth without letting it touch the ground. Set up a large empty wastebasket in the center of the room and see who can be the first to “score” by getting the balloon in the basket. Let your imagination for game ideas run wild!
2. Create a Time Capsule
Who doesn’t love the idea of time capsules? Opening an age-old treasure chest that holds memories of the past, laughing and reminiscing as you pull out each nostalgic piece one-by-one…
To create your family’s own time capsule, you’ll first need a container—something you can seal up tight, such as a tennis ball can, a Tupperware or a large mason jar. Let your kids’ imaginations soar by decorating the capsule, and have them write a letter to their future selves to put inside along with other mementos. Tip: if you have more than one child, let them create their own personalized capsules where they can put their own favorite memories!
Finally, it’s time to hide the capsule! Keep them tucked away in a closet, scrap box, under the bed, or if you’re feeling wild, bury it in the yard—but don’t forget where it’s buried!
3. Build a Pillow Fort
You can’t go wrong with this timeless classic! Let your child step up as the king of queen of the house and create their own pillow forts. All you need are sturdy pillows, sheets, blankets and a flashlight. See how wild your fort can get and let your child’s imagination run wild!
Let the whole family crawl into the center of the fort with your child’s favorite books and a flashlight for reading time, create royal garb with a blanket cape and a cardboard cut-out crown and take turns ruling the castle… there’s no end to how you can use your family’s pillow fort!
4. Put on a Fashion Show
This activity is especially hilarious for those of us who still have those super out-of-style clothing tucked away in the closet (because parachute pants, neon crop-tops and blossom hats will make a comeback one day, right? Right??).
Pull out the classics and let your little ones mix-and-match and strut across the living room to their favorite tunes! Take pictures of your kids in your once-favorite outfits and create a collage including any old photos of you in those outfits, too!
5. Make a Rainy Day Jar
This is a great way to keep your rainy day ideas fresh, plus give your little ones the power to decide what activity they get to do! All you need is a mason jar and some colored paper. Cut your paper into strips and write an idea for an activity on each, then fold up each piece and fill the jar. When the rainy or snowy days come around, let your kids pick their own activity at random!
Want a great way to take this idea up a notch? Break out the paint, glue, ribbons, glitter, etc. and decorate your family’s rainy day jar to truly make it pop! Have more than one child? Use multiple jars and let each child express their creativity by decorating their own!
What is your favorite rainy/snowy-day family activity? Share with us in the comments!
Health & happiness,