We honestly don’t get very many rainy days in California – especially lately – but I still love to find rainy day activities. They double up as excellent ideas of ways for kids to decompress after school, and I like to keep them on hand for sick days. So this month I was happy to join 25 other kid bloggers to create an A to Z of Rainy Day Activities. I picked Q, so that I could showcase some of my favorite quiet activities for rainy days.
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Quiet Activities for Rainy Days
Cooking and baking are wonderful parent-child bonding activities for rainy days. They also have a great pay-off, since over time kids develop the ability to cook and bake on their own. None of my kids are quite at the stage of being able top use the stove or oven on their own, but nine-year-old Emma does a wonderful job of making a cold breakfast, as well as sandwiches for lunch.
Writing letters and cards is a lovely quiet activity! My kids get excited because I let them use Sharpie pens* for letter writing. I buy simple cards from IKEA, and the kids add decorations to them – as I mentioned in my post about writing notes for teachers. These cards are also great literacy practice for my kids!
Googly eyes* make any rainy day more fun! Ours spend a lot of time in play dough and model magic, but the possibilities are really endless. Add them to rocks, furniture, and your own forehead to get a delighted giggle from your kids!
Small world pretend play is a wonderful quiet activity for rainy days! Two-year-old Anna is really into trains – most of ours are from IKEA, but we have a small, very nice Brio set that was part of a blog campaign ages ago. The trains work together beautifully; the tracks don’t quite match up (you can force them, but it isn’t ideal).
Sensory play is always popular with my kids, and nearly always quiet. Five-year-old Lily likes to use our sensory bin black beans to create art, and all of the kids enjoy including magnets in our bins.
Construction toys like Magna-Tiles* are wonderful for rainy day play! Our wooden blocks* and LEGO bricks (including DUPLO bricks) are also very popular. Construction toys and small world play are often combined for hours of happy play.
What are your favorite quiet activities for rainy days? Drop by Adventures of Adam for letter R!