Rain rain go away, we're stuck inside and want to play.
Parents are constantly looking for activities to keep children interested and busy, especially when the weather outside keeps you stuck indoors. As a preschool teacher, I'm always looking for activities and ideas that keep my two-year-olds learning and engaged.
Here are some ideas I've found to work for to keep children interested and busy!
1. Make something!
Cookies, crafts, dinner, etc. Whatever you think of, create it! You could even pull out costumes or sheets and put on a play!
Dinosaurs and blocks are always a hit!
2. Pull out the toys!
Playtime is always great! With many schools cutting back on free playtime in school, this can be a wonderful time to allow your child to use their imagination and create. Use pots and pans to make a band. Make a construction site with blocks. Make a doll hospital. You can use Legos, dinosaurs, and action figures to create anything!
3. Build a light box!
Grab an empty plastic container, put in some christmas lights (or flip the container upside down with the lights inside) and have some fun on top with a cool light table!
4. Read good books!
A trip to the library is always a fun time! There's always a story time or other activity happening. If not, you could always host one. Call friends with kids and have a potluck pajama story time. You could even act out the story! Once the kids are asleep or playing together, parents can hang out too!
Some of my favorite books right now- The Way I Feel by Janna Cain, Owen by Kevin Henkes, and The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle
Whatever you do, rain or shine, remember to have fun. Children love doing new things or even regular activities in new ways. Get creative, start talking, and see what fun you can create!
What do you do on a rainy day to stay occupied?! Share ideas with me at firstname.lastname@example.org!