Rainy days can be fun days with creative indoor play ideas. When the fall weather is too bad to go outside, your kids can still enjoy themselves inside with these five fun activities.
- Take an Imaginary Camping Trip
Camping doesn’t have to be outdoors. You can make a tent in your own home with chairs and blankets. An indoor camping trip can be an exciting way to spend the morning, even in a small apartment. Make sure you bring plenty of snacks, flashlights, and books. You can even build an igloo and go on a polar bear hunt or an ice fishing expedition. Bring warm clothes to make sure you don’t freeze at the North Pole!
- Reuse and Recycle
A rainy fall day is the perfect moment to do some earth-friendly crafts. Collect broken crayons from around the house, remove the paper wrappers, oil a muffin pan, and put the crayons in a warm oven (with adult supervision) until they melt. You can even help kids sort the broken pieces into different groups for exciting color effects. Once the discs have cooled, they will pop easily out of the tin. These rainbow crayons are ideal for colorful fall pictures.
- Build a Theater at Home
You don’t have to leave the house to enjoy a visit to the movie theater. With a little creativity, you can make a theater in your own living room. Set up comfortable pillows and chairs for the family to sit in. Dim the lights for an authentic theater experience. Don’t forget to pop the popcorn and pour some favorite beverages. A classic cartoon or a family favorite can make a rainy afternoon fly by.
- Mix Learning and Fun
Rainy days are good opportunities to mix learning and fun. Do you have lots of old catalogs and magazines around your house? Get them out and have your kids discover pictures of specific foods, animals, or vehicles. With glue sticks and safety scissors, they can make collages and learn about all the different varieties that can be found.
- Get Crafty
When it’s too cold or wet to play outdoors, kids love to do elaborate craft projects inside. With modeling beeswax or clay, they can make models of their favorite animals, trees, and other items found in nature. They can also make clay or wax models of buildings, people, or even whole cities. Rainy fall weather means that the holidays aren’t far off, and beeswax crafts make perfect gifts for Grandma and Grandpa. Let your kids use their imagination as they choose their favorite colors and figures.