Rainy Day Activities for Kids
Children have a serious amount of energy and, whether you like it or not, they need to use it all; otherwise, they will feel frustrated and tantrums will follow! OUTDOOR PLAY is a necessity for them, they enjoy and learn playing outside running and exploring the world. The weather isn’t always on our side and it can make the outdoor fun quite difficult, but there are many ways to get moving indoors too. Check below for a few ideas.
Get moving with an Indoor Obstacle Course
Create a fun and safe obstacle course for your child to move and challenge them around the house while practicing gross motor skills. Use chairs or a table as a tunnel (throw a blanket on it to make it dark and more exciting to go in), use the laundry basket to throw balls in it, make X’s on the floor with duct tape to jump on them… You can play music in the background to make it more fun!
To help build your indoor obstacle course, use our step-a-stones
Expand your child's creativity with Small World Play
Create a role-play scene with your child’s toys. Use an empty table, a rug or piece of fabric on the floor or a tuff tray or any large tray if you have one. Try to avoid distractions by having the TV off and the space clear. Start with a couple of toys so it’s not overwhelming and it’s very easy for them to figure out how to start playing. Use communication throughout the activity to describe what they are doing and allow them to play independently while being around. Add a container with dry pasta or rice and a spoon. Add a second and third container of different size and shape. Children love emptying containers and transferring items from one to another. Let them combine this with their toys and add any other items you might have at home like cotton wool, sticks, rings, pompoms, feathers, and some toy animals…. Only one at a time so they can figure out what to do at their own pace.
Our 100cm tuff tray is the perfect canvas for your small world play:
Encourage self-expression with the power of music and dance!
Music is a great sensory form of expression through words, movement, rhythm and sounds. It can help children to express the way they feel even if they have no words to describe it. Music will also engage kids to dance, move and have lots of fun no matter where they are. Play fun music and let them create with their bodies. You can also play musical statues, or action games (jump like a frog, crawl like a spider, fly like a bee…). Let them dance and move freely to release emotions and, of course, energy!
Start your own band rocking our hand shakers:
Unleash their inner adventurer with an Indoor Hunt!
Indoor hunts are so simple and they will also help your child to build vocabulary, confidence and self-esteem. When the child finds the object that they are looking for they will show you and feel so proud of themselves! You can have a bucket to put the objects in it as they find them or just ask them to bring the objects to a certain place when they find them to get that little extra exercise done. You can hide any of their toys and tell them what they needs to find, or take a picture of them before you hide them and print it out so they can see what they needs to look for. To make it more exciting you can say something like “oh no! all the toys/rocks/blocks/teddies… are gone! I can’t find them anywhere… I wonder where they are! Will we go around and see if we can find them? Let’s go!”
Explore with our Mini Wooden Magnifiers:
Make a delightful mess with Paint!
Painting, just like music, is another form of art and it allows kids to express their feelings and emotions through it. Younger kids don’t have the cognitive knowledge and skills to create something realistic (and they shouldn’t, as they learn just from the process, not the result). Children need to explore with their own hands how colours mix and spread on paper and other materials. When they see different colours on a tray they will probably stick their hands or brush into it from one colour to another just mixing them to see how they mix. They won’t necessarily use them to colour on the paper but just to explore the different combinations. They are learning about cause-effect and, for them, mixing colours is just like magic. Let them explore by starting with just one colour and then adding more colours slowly. Let them use their hands to paint with or offer other options too: paintbrush, cotton wool, sponge, cotton bud, stamps, vegetables (celery, bits of carrot to stamp the circles, etc.) and see what shape they make. You can also use elements from nature to paint with (leaves, flowers, sticks, feathers…). And try to paint on different materials and textures (paper, tin foil, rocks, fabric, plastic tray…).
Get messy with our Paint Set:
Get them involved with jobs around the house
Children love to help at home (or to think that they are helping). It makes them feel useful, proud, confident and feeling like they belong to the household. There is so much that children can do at home: load or empty the washing machine put toys away, fold the washcloths, dust surfaces with a wet cloth or with hands in the socks, put dirty clothes in the laundry basket, help set the table… Do it as a game and they will enjoy it, it will keep them busy and they will learn it as part of a natural behaviour of actions to do at home when being part of a household.
Encourage outdoor activities, rain or shine!
Use any rain breaks to go outside for a few minutes. Give them a towel and they will love drying all the toys and walls outside. A spray bottle will also be great fun to use. If it’s not too cold and they are wearing raincoats you could have a bucket with soapy warm water and a brush for them to wash some rocks they find outside. Have a towel handy to dry their hands. Getting that bit of fresh air will really help them to get through the day happier (and I know it’s not easy to get a child to go out when it’s wet) and hopefully you too!
And finally, have your little one ready to splash about in our Waterproof Suit (as cute as it is cozy!):
Kids need to explore, investigate, mix, create and figure things out in order to learn. When all this is done through play, the experience turns really smoothly into knowledge. Messy play is the best way to achieve that.Read now
Children have a serious amount of energy and, whether you like it or not, they need to use it all; otherwise, they will feel frustrated and tantrums will follow! OUTDOOR PLAY is a necessity for them, they enjoy and learn playing outside running and exploring the world.Read now