Here’s a list of our Top 10 Rainy Day Activities for you to keep children occupied when we have typical Irish weather.
A tradition all kids participate in while growing up is making forts out of furniture, blankets, and cushions. The next rainy day that comes around, help your kids construct their own super fort in the family room. They’ll stay busy all day long with fun, quiet activities to play inside their new imaginary castle.
Break Out the Board Games
Spend some quality family time together with a classic board game. Whether you are snapping up real estate in Monopoly or resisting the tempting treats in Candy Land, playing board games are a great way to spend a leisurely day at home.
Kids can create this fun craft that mimics the rainy day outside. Gather up a paper towel tube, crayons, tinfoil, masking tape, dry rice, and a long pipe cleaner. Have your child color and decorate the paper towel tube. Next, fasten tinfoil 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. Your child’s rain maker is now ready to make soothing rain sounds!
Treasure Hunt with Your Dog
If you happen to have a furry friend in your family, include him in your rainy day adventures. Hide doggy treats in puppy-friendly places, and see if Milo can sniff out all his hidden surprises. Time his progress and see if he can beat his record on the next rainy-day scavenger hunt.
Kitchen Fun with Kids
As long as the kids are stuck indoors, why not spend the day together making a family favorite recipe? Make cooking fun with your “assistant chiefs” by assigning responsibilities. Not only will they feel important and useful, they’ll also be proud of their delicious delicacy. Plus, you get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor together.
Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is another simple game favored by kids. Since kids are restricted indoors on a rainy day, they can use the whole house for this game, with your permission. Your kids won’t be too difficult to find–just follow the giggles to their hiding spot. Play it up a bit and pretend they are impossible to find.
Kids can go stir-crazy when cooped up indoors all day. Help release some of that energy with some energetic music and slick moves. Dancing around the house will bring you and your kids closer while you burn off pent-up energy and get some exercise. This fun, physical activity is sure to lead to a calm evening afterwards.
Read a Book
This is one indoor activity that is educational and fun! Reading with your child will improve her reading skills and build her enthusiasm for books. Cuddle up in a blanket with her favorite book and read together. Take turns reading, or have her read to you to keep her focused and interested.
Charades is a great family game for a rainy day. To begin, split into two teams and move into separate rooms. Each team should write down words, names, places, books, movies, etc. on pieces of paper. These are then exchanged with the other teams. Teams take turns picking a piece of paper and silently acting out what’s on the paper. Each time a player takes a turn, use a stopwatch to track the time. The team with the shortest overall time is the winner. This is a great learning game that can help expand kids’ vocabulary and knowledge.