Rainy day activities that won't wreck your home
Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean your home need to be taken by storm. Here are some fun indoor activities to help shake those rainy day blues.
- Make it a movie day: Sure, excess amounts of screentime aren’t recommended on a regular basis, but once in a while when the weather is a wash, a movie can be a fun, cozy way to spend a little time. Cue up some classics and snuggle up with lots of snacks - this is a great time to introduce your baby to some of your old favorites, before she is too used to more advanced special effects. And if it’s a movie that keeps your baby’s interest, she won’t even be tempted to get up and make a mess until after the credits roll.
- Build a fort: Grab some old sheets and chairs to build your own tent right in your living room. Pack it full of flashlights, snacks, and lots of other camping goodies to pretend you’re braving the elements. The best part? You won’t need any bug spray!
- Create some art: Painting can be pretty messy, so stock up on coloring books with markers that only write on the special pages within the book. your baby will love being able to color the pictures, and you’ll love your furniture being spared redecoration.
- Read books: There’s nothing tidier, or better for your toddler’s brain development, than reading lots of books together. Let her curl up on your lap and read some of her favorite stories. (Disclaimer: It’s OK if it’s the same book on repeat.)
- Make a collage: With toddler-friendly scissors, let your baby help you go on a photo hunt through old magazines to make a collage. You can make multiple collages with themes like the alphabet, animals, or your baby’s choice. If your baby hasn’t tried this kind of art project before, it might keep her occupied even after she might be ready to take a break from her usual projects.
- Put together a sensory bin: Load up a plastic container full of fun items to pique your baby’s interest. A sensory bin is a general term to describe a collection of substances or activities that engage as many of a toddler’s senses as possible at once. Popular items include pom-poms, plastic animals, and foam letters. your baby can dig for “treasure” as she explores the different feelings of the objects in the bin. You can also help build her vocabulary by talking to her about what she finds.
- Dance the day away: Put on some tunes and get shaking. Being cooped up inside can make for a cranky toddler, as she has lots of energy to burn. Get those wiggles out by dancing away to her favorite songs with her. Maybe you two can even make up a reverse-rain dance to get that sun shining again soon!
Rainy days can be full of just as many adventures as beautiful outdoor days, as long as you and your baby want them to be!
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