LilSugarSource: 111 Indoor Activities For Rainy Fall Days
If a string of rainy days in a row has got your kids singing the cabin fever blues, then you're in luck! We've come up with 10 great ways to stay entertained indoors (and there are 101 more on our site, click the link above). Challenge your little ones to do something different next time, and try out a craft, recipe, or game that wouldn't have otherwise interested them. Prove to them that being stuck indoors doesn't always have to be a bad thing, and remind them that (maybe) the sun will come out tomorrow!
- Marble Racetrack: It's one thing to race cars around the house, but it's another to race marbles. This fun activity involves little more than a cut pool noodle (follow My HomeSpun Threads's instructions and a marble!
- Rearrange the Kids' Rooms: Channel your inner interior designer, and get the whole family involved in "Project Room Makeover." Tackle a DIY design project, spruce things up with updated bedding or some fun new accent pieces, or reconfigure the room's layout for an updated look. This satisfying endeavor will continue to give you a sense of accomplishment all Summer long!
Make an Origami Sailboat: You may be trapped indoors, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still be celebrating Summer. We love this nautical-themed craft from Krystin Marsh, photo stylist for flash-sale site The Foundary. Here's how:
- Begin with a square piece of paper, any size.
- To make a square, fold paper diagonally and cut off the excess paper.
- To make the boat, begin by folding one of the folded points inward toward the other side at a slight angle. The tip of the point you are folding will be the top of the boat.
- Open the square back up and do a 'reverse' fold to create the sides of the boat. Your ship is set to sail!
- Create an Indoor Herb Garden: While you probably want to mount the herbs with the help of another adult, your kids will love getting their hands dirty to help you plant herbs in mason jars. It's a great way to add fresh flavors to your family dishes all year round!
- Make No-Bake Granola Bars: Kids can help stir, measure, mix, and press these no-bake granola bars into shape. Just pop the yummy, chewy bars - full of toasted oats, nuts, coconut, raisins, cinnamon, and molasses - into the fridge for a bit to let them set, and you'll be snacking healthfully in no time.
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- Make Wooden Block Prints: Try a new use for all of the blocks in your home with this wooden block print that's as simple as collecting a few of your toddler's wooden blocks and adding some paint.
- Build a Fort or Tent: For some good, old-fashioned fun, hit the linen closet and construct a fort or tent with sheets and pillows. The process of creating the hideaway is only the beginning; as once they're done with the hard work, playtime can begin!
- Plan a Family Vacation: Whether you've already got a trip in the works or are just dreaming up fun destinations for the future, getting the kids involved in planning a family vacation is a great way to spend a rainy day. Get out a map, a computer, and some pens and paper, and get them thinking about where they want to go, why they want to go there, how you'll get there, where you'll stay, what you'll eat, and what you'll see and do in their chosen destinations.
- Make Glow-in-the-Dark Drinks: If you still have some glow sticks hanging around from Halloween, then pull them out, along with a few paper and clear plastic cups, and in no time, you'll have glow-in-the-dark drinks (get a full tutorial here), best consumed with the shades drawn and lights out!
- Celebrate Christmas in July: Surprise the kids by taking out the Christmas decorations and celebrating the holiday . . . in July! Play Christmas music, bake cookies, and decorate your houseplants with ornaments. Just don't leave the decor on display for too long, or your friends and neighbors will think you've lost it!
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