A rainy day at home with your preschooler doesn’t have to involve crayon on the wall, fist fights and frayed nerves. Here are five fun ways to keep younger children busy – and happy – on a rainy day. Even better, they’re also five great ways to show your child that you care.
Rainy day activities for preschoolers – Idea #1: Have a dance party. It’s not as complicated as it may sound. To hold your very own rainy day dance party, have your preschooler pick out a few favorite CDs and queue them up. Then, have her slip into the party dress or dress-up outfit of her choice. Cinderella, Annie, Tinkerbell; the choice is all hers. Finally, put on a snazzy outfit of your own, and get the party started. Jiggle, shake and shimmy until you’re both delightfully silly. A dance party is a super simple but fun rainy day activity for preschoolers. For bonus points, videotape your party for future giggles and enjoyment.
Rainy day activities for preschoolers – Idea #2: Bake bread and then eat it. Nothing says I love you like a warm slice of homemade bread. Have your preschooler join you in the kitchen has you prepare and then bake a fresh loaf. Young children love to help with mixing, stirring and kneading, so don’t be afraid to let him get his hands sticky. After the bread is baked, enjoy a nice, hearty slice slathered with some peanut or almond butter. It’s a fun way to keep a preschooler busy on a rainy day.
Rainy day activities for preschoolers – Idea #3: Stage a fashion show. This rainy day activity isn’t your average fashion show; it’s a sneaky way for you to clean out her closet while she has fun trying on her favorite duds. Start by emptying her drawers and stacking the contents along a wall in her room. She can help! Then, ask her to try on each outfit, one by one, and model them for you. Toss in a few of your own hats or scarves to keep the interest level high. Your preschooler will love playing dress-up, and you’ll love finding out what clothes no longer fit! It’s a win-win rainy day activity.
Rainy day activities for preschoolers – Idea #4: Build the ultimate pillow fort. When I was a kid, my brothers and I relished creating pillow forts using the cushions from the couch in our basement. We’d stack them and then spend hours pretending to be great adventurers sailing the wide blue ocean, eskimos in igloos and bears in dens. Keep your preschooler busy on a rainy day by helping him to create the ultimate pillow fort. Use tables, chairs, pillows, couch cushions, blankets and anything else you can think of to make the fort strong. Once the building process is complete, squeeze inside with your child and have a good cuddle and a nap.
Rainy day activities for preschoolers – Idea #5: Hold a Read-a-thon. A rainy day is the perfect time to curl up with a good book, so entertain your preschooler with a huge stack of children’s stories. Set up shop on your couch or snuggled into a cozy chair, have your child select 15 to 20 books, and settle in for a long afternoon of reading. It’s the perfect opportunity to instill a love of reading in your preschooler, a great way to show them you care, and a worthwhile rainy day activity.
Rainy days are inevitable. The next time you find yourself facing one, keep your preschooler busy with one of these fun activities. You’ll love learning more about your child, and your child will love spending one-on-one time with you.