Thinking creatively when it comes to keeping kids busy is not always easy when they constantly complain about being bored. Especially on rainy, cold days when they cannot go outside and burn off some stored up energy. Teachers and parents dread rainy day schedules because they too cannot get out doors and get some much needed fresh air and down time. Here are some activities that kids will love.
Rainy Day Schedule: Different Age Appropriate Activities
Make tents with big lightweight blankets or sheets on top of chairs.
Color with markers or watercolor on a big sheet of butcher paper.
Sticker collage art
Pass the present, wrap a big candy bar several times.
Creative dance with scarves.
What if…. you had wings, you could climb a tree, sing on stage…. a thinking game.
Fly swatter badminton with balloons.
Watch sing-a- long videos.
Copy cat each other one at a time.
Board game Twister
Read a story and have the children act it out.
Make shapes with your body.
Dress up roll playing.
Act like you are: happy, sad, angry, scared, cold…
Duck duck goose, make a circle while sitting and pick a duck to chase you.
Stretch like animals: jumpy frog, hopping Kangaroo, flying bird, galloping horse, running cheetah, and stand on one leg like a flamingo.
Art projects: Here, Here, and Here.
With the lack of sunshine comes the lack of interest in a lot of things that usually make kids happy. I know I get the dull drums when the sun isn’t shining. The lack of sunshine causes a myriad of emotional problems; resist SAD, (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Source: Many years of collecting activities that kids like.