We’re so lucky that we live in a place where it rarely rains, but when it does (gasp!) the whole city is at a stand still, wondering what to do! How on earth will we survive? And oh my goodness, what will our children do? Where will they play?
Trying to occupy small children all day inside can be a challenge, but with a few sure fire activities it can be done! We like to think back to some of the things we did when we were stuck inside as kids. The games we played and the forts we built! Our forts were epic! Today we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to entertain kids when you are stuck inside all day.
Build a Fort:
To build a fort get out as many blankets and flat sheets as you can find. Then pull up a few chairs, you can even use your coffee table. Drape the sheets over the chairs and tables to create a tent, you can always use twine or ribbon to help tie them into place. Line the floor with some blankets or sleeping bags and let you kids create their own special space with their stuffed animals and pillows.
Most of us have a few of the old standby games: Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry O, but Bingo or Heads Up Seven Up are special games we remembered playing only on rainy days at school when recess was cancelled. While our kids are too young for Heads Up Seven Up, Bingo is always a fun option. We’ve created a simple printable bingo game you can use in a pinch. Cut out some pieces of paper to use as the markers or give your kids pennies and you’re all set!
Indoor Scavenger Hunt:
Kids love to hunt for treasures so why not give them a list of items to find around the house! You can make it as easy or hard as you like, bearing in mind that if you make it too hard the kids can sometimes lose interest. Have fun with your list, the sillier the better! Here are some ideas we like to use for ours, but feel free to get creative with your own: 3 blue legos, a green fruit or vegetable, a nickel, a red crayon, a band-aid, a roll of toilet paper, a left shoe, a toy that makes noise, something with the number 3 on it.
We’re not saying you should plan to spend the entire afternoon outside, but a walk in the rain or snow is always fun! Our kids love to put on their rain boots and go jumping through puddles, so why not let them do it! Show them how to catch rain drops on their tongue, see who can find the biggest puddle or go on a bug hunt. Something as simple as a walk in the rain or playing in the snow can provide endless entertainment for little ones. Then when everyone’s all tuckered out, come inside and take a nap in the fort!
Ashley + Hallman