Spring has arrived, and with it comes lush landscapes, colorful flowers and perfect temperatures. But while spring in North Texas can be beautiful, it can also be downright stormy! And when the weather isn’t cooperating, you know it’s difficult to get the kids to do so as well. On the days you’re stuck inside while Mother Nature is busy, entertain the kiddos with these fun and easy rainy day activities.
With the explosion of coloring book culture in the last year or so, coloring books have captured the hearts and imaginations of people of all ages. For a fun rainy day activity, stock up on colored pencils or bold markers and spend the afternoon coloring mermaids, dinosaurs, under-the-sea scenes or enchanted forests. Once your little artists are done, make a frame for each drawing or hang it on the fridge with a few magnets.
If it looks like the wet weather is going to hang around all day, go all in and put on a paper bag puppet play. Using your kids’ favorite book as a guide, create a cast of characters using paper bags. Stock up on googly eyes, pipe cleaners, fuzzy pompoms and other arts and crafts essentials the next time you’re out to ensure you’re fully prepared for rainy day fun. Enlist older kids to help write the script or even create a little set, and giggle your way through bad weather with lots of new memories.
Rainy days require a little something sweet. After lunch is done and the afternoon sillies have set in, keep your little ones happy with an old fashioned Cup of Dirt! The formula hasn’t changed — chocolate pudding topped with Oreo crumbles and a few gummy worms — but this classic silly snack has always been and will probably always be a kid (and parent) favorite for generations. Other silly snacks can be found on our Pinterest page. Culinary adventures like waffle tacos, grilled cheese roll-ups and banana split bites are easy to make and get the kids involved in what goes on in the kitchen.
Simple, engaging games that require short bursts of energy are a great way to keep kids active and distracted if the weather outside is a bit scary. Try Balloon Ping Pong — just create “paddles” by attaching paper plates to popsicle stick handles and bop a balloon around. Try to keep it in the air for five minutes without letting it touch the ground. Other games like freeze tag, treasure hunts and hide-and-seek are great ways to get the wiggles out while passing the time.
For more fun ideas on games, crafts, snacks and lazy day activities, visit our Pinterest page and stop by any SampleHouse location to stock up on everything you’ll need for the next round of April showers. And stay tuned for tips and tricks for all your May flowers!