It is raining, reader.
The rain began here yesterday as we were leaving a local restaurant after Sunday brunch.
As Miss E. attempted to navigate the cold, hard rain while wearing shoes that mysteriously became too big overnight, she cried “Don’t get my dress wet!” to the drops that fell from the sky.
That sweet little girl, already understanding how some rain can upset a girl’s day.
The rain has continued to fall all night long and is predicted to be with us until tomorrow morning. Rainy days can be both a blessing and curse to the stay-at-home mommy. They allow us a chance to stay home and enjoy our sweet babies. Rainy days also allow us a chance to stay home and be driven crazy by our sweet babies who are being driven crazy by the confinement of an indoor space.
Bless all of our hearts.
Having a plan for a rainy day cuts down on the craziness, the whining and the fighting. (Notice I said “cuts down.” I have no cure to completely eliminate the craziness, the whining and the fighting.). Below are some fun activities and ideas for surviving a rainy day at home with young children.
- Host a birthday party. This is a Mommy trick that works every time. Have children select a favorite stuffed animal or doll and throw a birthday party for it. Children can make invitations, set out decorations and help bake a tasty treat. This activity is also a great way to make use of those random leftover party supplies sitting around the house.
- Create an indoor zoo. My children did this activity back during Snowmaggedon 2011 and loved it. Haul out all the stuff animals and have children arrange a zoo. Create zoo keeper vests out of old paper bags. Teach children how to classify animals and set up various exhibits. Once the zoo is established, Mom and Dad can be the visitors and be taken on a tour by their lovely little zoo keepers.
- Bake a treat for someone special. I love to bake, but hate having the temptation of cookies sitting around the house. Baking for someone else gets kids in the kitchen and the yummy food out of the house. Baking for others also teaches children about hospitality and sharing with others.
- Read a good book out loud. Currently the children and I are reading Peter Pan together, after finishing up Around the World in Eighty Days last week. Today is the perfect day to snuggle up on the couch and read a few chapters together.
- Encourage a time of independent play. Children need to learn to play alone in a room by themselves. Have a set time when everyone plays quietly in their rooms. This gives mom a break and teaches independent play skills. Remember, it is OKAY for kids to be bored. Boredom can really ignite one’s imagination when given the chance.
- Measure the house. I love this activity and my children are about to take part in it right now. One can also Count the House, an activity that we did a few months ago (and might repeat depending on how long today starts to seem!).
- Make a productive craft. Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week are all upon us. Take a moment to have kids craft something with purpose. I love these Tin Can Treats. As for our house, this morning we are working on decorations for Miss E.’s upcoming birthday party.
- Map the Neighborhood. Haul out some large craft paper or even unused wrapping paper and help kids draw a map of your neighborhood, being sure to include fun landmarks like one’s house, the local park and important roads. Once the map is complete, use small toys and cars on the map to create an interactive experience.
Embrace the rain today and spend time with your kids. Teach them something, provide a quiet moment for them and do something productive for others. Remember that God not only gives us a day of rain to nourish the earth but to nourish our own spirits as well.