Few things are more difficult for a child to bear than a rainy day. As children grow, they need intellectual stimulation. Since the rain brings everyone inside this can be the best time to develop your child’s motor skills, while having fun. Having your rainy day readiness kit on hand, before the rain comes, means you’ll be that much more prepared when the rain begins. Will you be ready? Continue reading to find out.
Crafts and activities are a great way to help your child develop. As adults, we often forget just how much fun it can be to shed the mantle of responsibility and finger paint with abandon or glue a collage of pasta onto a sheet of paper. A little imagination goes a long way!
To get prepared, assemble a bag of supplies for different craft projects along with a set of instructions, if necessary, on how to complete the project. When time permits or when it’s raining have your child pick the activity he’d like to try. Here are a few examples.
DIY Indoor Bowling
One bag could include a ball, Styrofoam cups, rice and tape. This kit could be used to build indoor bowling pins in a snap. Simply pour a few inches of rice into the bottom of one of the cups, then place an empty cup upside down on top of the cup that’s filled with rice and secure them together with tape. There is the first bowling pin! Tape X’s onto the floor to mark the pin spots and off they go!
Story Telling Kit
If your child has a literary streak, another kit that can be assembled to thwart off the rainy day blues is to have her create her own storybook. Place markers or crayons, lined notebook paper, two sheets of heavy construction paper, pencils and brass fasteners (brads) into your bag. Have her tell a story, while simultaneously writing it down on the paper.
Next she can draw a picture about the story on the construction paper. Use the brads to hold the papers together and place the construction paper on the outside. Viola! Your child’s very own storybook!
Mix It Up a Little Bit
Sometimes when it’s dark and stormy outside, children’s activities should include a variety of things that can keep them occupied for long periods of time. Try making a bag that includes several different games, such as marbles, jumping jacks, goggle eyes and Popsicle sticks.
Who knows, after you’ve gotten good at this you and your little one may end up looking forward to rainy days. Likewise, the creations that you and your child assemble together will be treasured items for years to come.
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