This winter season, we’re having a lot of rainy days outside. I’m not really complaining too much, because California had recently recovered from droughts for several years. The rain is good for us, but it does mean I need to be more creative with coming up with rainy day activities for kids. I came up with a list of favorite rainy day activities for kids. If you and your family have been encountering more rainy days, continue reading for ideas on ways to spend rainy days with your kids.
Favorite Rainy Day Activities For Kids
I love taking my kid to the indoor trampoline park! It’s one of our favorite rainy day activities for kids. I first found out about trampoline parks when my child was invited to a birthday party several years ago. It was at an indoor trampoline park. At first, I thought they would just have a bunch of trampolines that kids jump on. However, when we went inside the park, there were several types of activities kids could participate in. One of the activities included indoor rock climbing. They also had several foam pits where kids could jump in after jumping on a trampoline. My kid also loved playing basketball on a trampoline. Jumping is not only a fun activity where kids can burn off energy. They also get good exercise, which is good for their health.
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Play the classic Monopoly board game (for older kids)
Monopoly is one of the best rainy day activities for kids. If you are like me and my family, we can play Monopoly for hours. 😊 It’s a great way to bond with the family and keep yourself dry indoors. Children also have the opportunity to practice math skills by counting, adding, and subtracting. Playing Monopoly also helps kids to build and strengthen their negotiation skills. At our last game, we spent close to ten minutes, discussing the pros and cons to each of our negotiations.
It may be too cold and rainy for your kids to play in outdoor playgrounds. However, going to an indoor playground is one of my favorite rainy day activities for kids. Many malls have indoor playgrounds with slides and playing structures where kids can have fun and burn off their energy. Some malls have indoor playgrounds where it is free and you pay nothing for admission. There are other indoor playgrounds that are owned by private companies where you need to pay for an admission fee. In my experience, the indoor playgrounds where you pay a fee, have more elaborate play structures and opportunities for play. However, if you are looking to save money, you can stick to the no-cost indoor playgrounds in malls. They are still a great way for your kid to have fun and burn off energy.
Bake cookies with your kids
Many kids love to help their parents bake cookies in the kitchen. Baking is one of the perfect rainy day activities for kids. There are plenty of benefits including family bonding time, developing cooking skills (such as mixing, measuring, and spreading), and practicing to read directions.
On a rainy day during the holidays, our family loves to bake cut-out Christmas cookies. Children love to use cookie cutters, decorate the surface of the cookies, and taste the cookie dough. 😊
For Valentine’s Day, our family will be trying out this recipe for chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes. We typically bake cookies, but this year we decided to try baking something different. We’re fans of both chocolate and strawberries, so baking this together will be pretty exciting. It’s been raining most of the week, so this will be a perfect rainy day activity to spend with my kid.
Indoor sand activities
Your family may not be able to hang out at the beach on a rainy day, but you can bring sand activities indoor. My daughter and many kids I know love playing with kinetic sand. Kinetic sand feels like a mix of touching sand and playdough. Kinetic sand playsets include the sand, sandbox, and cut-outs.
When kids play with sand, they experience many benefits, such as exploring, learning, and having fun. Playing in the sand also gives kids the opportunity improve eye-hand coordination and muscle control.
Rainy days don’t need to be a drag for you and your kids. There are plenty of opportunities for rainy day activities for kids.
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