Rainy afternoon showers and lots of fun, if you live in the Southeast, you know those two things are guaranteed during the summer months. Thanks to camps, beautiful beaches, and other activities, fun is always easy to find, but, our unpredictable weather can sometimes throw a kink into your kiddo’s plans. This week we are sharing our favorite rainy-day activities you can enjoy with your child (or have them enjoy independently) to avert anyone raining on their parade of summer fun.
Indoor Treasure Hunt
Turn your house into a land of hidden treasure and have your child enjoy hours of fun by having an indoor scavenger hunt. This activity can be as simple or complex as you would like for it to be. Simply hide common items in secret places and make a list for your child to check them off along the way or up the ante by incorporating clues, prizes, and obstacles.
Inspire A New Hobby
Baking, painting, writing, sewing, and playing an instrument are all excellent activities for your child to enjoy on a rainy day. Better yet, the dreary days can be the perfect time for you to teach your child the ropes of these activities and others. In doing so, you might spark a new interest and inspire a new hobby. You can access wonderful and free tutorials on how to teach your child activities like baking and sewing online.
Make Sock Puppets
Let your child’s imagination run free and allow them to create a sock puppet using household items. From there, encourage them to create a show and bring their sock puppet to life in their very own play. For inspiration on characters and ideas for your kiddo’s sock puppets, click this link.
Create A Homemade Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are on the rise in popularity and we totally understand why! These easy-to-make tools are an affordable way to create an opportunity for your child to experiment and learn through hands-on play that engages their senses. Rice, coffee beans, and pasta can all make great sensory bin fillers. Don’t forget that all items that go into the bin should be non-toxic and safe if eaten by your child. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to make a sensory bin at home.
Host A Board Game Extravaganza
Grab some popcorn, your child’s favorite board games, perhaps some friends and prizes too! Encourage your kiddo to take a break from technology and enjoy the fun that comes with playing a board or card game. Candy Land, Connect 4, Jenga, and Hoot Owl Hoot are just a few of our top picks. These activities can promote teamwork while passing time in a way that will create memories to last a lifetime.
Regardless of what your kiddo’s summer days may look like, you can count on Urgent Care for Children being here for your family all 365 days of the year, including late nights and weekends. Happy summer, everyone!