Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Those April Spring Showers can make some days appear to be dreary and endless. So if the rain won't go away, here are some great activities to keep the kids busy!

Fun in the Kitchen

When the weather outside is bland, the kitchen is often a great place to turn to. Children love to create in the kitchen so let them take over and help you cook. Surf the net for kid-friendly recipes. Make pizza or a batch of your favourite muffins or cookies.

Arts and Crafts

Rainy days are the perfect time to explore your child's creativity through arts and crafts. Save your household odds and ends such as toilet/paper towel roles, corks, Kleenex boxes, etc. Have lots of art supplies on hand. Create a pet rock by painting a face on any small, smooth pebble.

Go on an Indoor Vacation

Discover a far away place right in your own home. Research a country you have always wanted to visit and pretend that you are on vacation. Dress up, decorate a room, sample some of their foods, and make this an all day adventure! What a great opportunity to visit Hawaii, Italy, or Mexico!

Indoor Games

Drizzling days are a great time to pull out some of those board games you have packed away. There are many games for kids that will enhance valuable skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, basic math skills, as well as creativity and strategic thinking. Play traditional board games, card games, or invent new ones for the kids!

Create a Time Capsule

Make a special box and have the kids tuck away some of their favourite objects, photos, and drawings. Write letters or stories and tuck everything away to discover later!

There's More!

- Read books together

- Play charades

- Make paper dolls and dress them

- Have a fashion show

- Build an indoor fort

- Watch home movies

- Write letters

- Have a family movie night

- Update your photo albums

- Have a puppet show

- Teach the kids to sew

- Organize a scavenger hunt

- Have a family talent show

And don't forget that you can also enjoy the rain! Put on those rain boots and hats and go splashing in the puddles! Kids are often told to come in out of the rain. They will appreciate a rare opportunity to go out and play in it.

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