Parenting

 

“Mom!  There’s nothing to do!” Ugh!  How that statement used to drive me up a wall!  My kids are grown and we are enjoying our grandchildren now, but when my children were small, I would hear that phrase nearly every school day off, rainy days, weekends and probably hundreds of times during the summer.

As a homeschooler for many years and a wired, by God, as a creative person, I came up with a list of rainy day activities to banish the dreaded “Mom! There’s nothing to do.”  Here are some of my favorites, most which can be done with household items.

While you may need to gather the supplies, many of them, the kids can do themselves freeing you up to get caught up in the house or GASP!  take five minutes for yourself!

Rainy Day Activities

Homemade EDIBLE Playdough*

This is one of the rainy day activities easy enough that most kids five and up and do it themselves.

1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 – 1/2 cup honey (just enough to make it stick together)

Optional:  Food coloring (just add a few drops and mix, then repeat until you achieve the desired color). Alternatively, you can use some flavored gelatin powder, but depending on the flavor, it can taste a bit funky with the peanut butter.

Mix all together (it’s much easier if you use an electric mixer).

*This one is made with peanut butter. If you or your children have nut allergies, try this one

Bubble Fun!

This one is one of my favorite rainy day activities!  

6 cups water

1 cup dish soap

1 tbs. glycerin OR 1/4 cup corn syrup.

Measure 6 cups of water into one container, pour 1 cup of dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in.

Mix slowly to avoid foam or bubbles forming while you stir. Add 1 tablespoon of glycerin or 1/4 cup of corn syrup and add it to the container. Stir the mixture until it is mixed together.

Now the fun begins!  Grab some household items – a grease strainer (like this one or this one) , colander , small hand strainer, spaghetti measurer, non-sharp cookie cutters – use your imagination, the options are nearly limitless!

Dip your household bubble tool into the solution and wave around or blow through it. Each item you try will result in different sized and shaped bubbles – it is sooo dang fun!

Homemade Chalk

2 tbsp of water to a small bowl.
3 tbsp of plaster powder.
1/2 tsp tempura powdered paint (or 6 – 8 drops of food coloring)

(You’ll also need an empty toilet paper roll, 2 rubber bands and plastic wrap or a few cookie cutters.)

Add the water, plaster powder and tempura paint (or food coloring to a bowl). Mix well.
Add a few drops of water if mixture is too dry.

Wrap some plastic wrap at the end of the toilet paper roll and secure with plastic wrap.  Pour mixture into the roll and secure the other end the same way. Let dry.

OR

Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter.  Place cookie cutters on top.  Pour mixture into cookie cutters.  Tap the cookie cutters gently to settle any bubbles. Let dry.

Have fun on a chalkboard or sidewalk (if it’s not raining, of course!)

Have a Picnic Indoors

This, of the rainy day activities, is a great one for even the youngest of kids. Lay out a blanket on the living room floor and serve a picnic lunch.  Let the kids help plan the menu and make the sandwiches or other food.  If you have any plastic toy ants or other bugs – even better! (Wanna hear a secret?  I used to do this sometimes when I didn’t feel like cooking.  I’d get the kids excited for an indoor picnic and all I had to do was make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with some celery sticks!  They loved it and I didn’t feel guilty about not cooking 🙂 )

Make Slime

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup white school glue

Food coloring

Borax

In one bowl, mix ¼ cup of water and ¼ cup of white school glue. For colored slime, add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture.

In another bowl, mix ½ tbs Borax with ½ a cup of water and stir until all of the borax has dissolved.

Add the borax solution to the glue solution and mix. You can also pour the solutions into a Ziploc bag and mix.

A slime-like texture should begin to form immediately. Continue to stir and knead until you get the consistency you want.

Remove your slime from the bowl (or bag) and enjoy.

(For glow in the dark and other slime recipes, see this site)

Make a Rain Stick

Grab a paper towel tube, crayons, aluminum foil, masking tape, dry rice and a long pipe cleaner. Have your child color and decorate the paper towel tube. Then, fasten aluminum foil to one end with masking tape. Coil the pipe cleaner and fit it into the tube, along with the rice. Secure the other end of the tube with tinfoil and tape. Now let your child enjoy their rain stick music and soothing rain sounds.  (Here’s a short video lesson on the history of rain sticks to add some learning to your fun!)

Dog Scavenger Hunt

If you have dogs, include them in on your rainy day activities. Hide doggy treats in dog accessible places, and see if your furry friend can sniff out all his hidden prizes. Time his progress and see if he can beat his record on the next rainy day.

Even more Rainy Day Activities:

Make a blanket fort

Watch movies (make popcorn and ask the kids to write a review – or discuss a review – of the movie)

Bake cookies

Have a dance party (play music from popular kids movies or let them hear the music that was popular when you were growing up!)

Have a scavenger hunt.

Play board games

Listen to a kid’s podcast or story on tape (Jonathan Park has some amazing one’s for kids!)

What is one of your favorite rainy day activities for kids or when you hear “Mom!  There’s nothing to do!”?

It’s tough raising kids today.  See how your behavior molds that of your child’s in this article “Monkey See, Monkey Do: Raising Godly Children in a Broken World)

Because of Him,

Sue

 

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