Whether your home includes one child or five, a rainy day is difficult for both parent and little one. Entertaining a young child that cannot yet read, and may have a hard time sitting still to listen, can be a daunting task. Most of these simple ideas can be used even when a child is home sick or during a long car trip. Anytime that you as the parent can employ a task to satisfy a child will be a great time for everyone!
1. Origami. This unique art is special for little ones, because it so imaginative and uses the mind to create. This task of mental focus and detail hand work will drain energy and fulfill expectations easily! Books on origami are found at local libraries, and for online tutorials, visit Paperfolding.com.
2. Paper dolls or sock puppets. This idea leans more towards the girls, although the proper sock puppet can be a good toy for a little guy too! These crafts are easy to make and even more fun to play with. And don’t think it is too hard to accomplish, either. There are simple ways to cut out and decorate a paper doll just by adding glitter, stickers and color. Sock puppets need some wobbly eyes and a cute smile, it is easy to imagine what design your child will love.
3. Kiddy garden. This is very easy and a great idea for the coming spring season. Use something like a small styrofoam cup, or an egg carton and fill with top soil. Choose something easy to grow, such as spices, cucumbers or pansies. Show the child how to plant and how to water, setting near the window for sunlight. The results will take some time, although every day will be another day for learning and a little slice of entertainment.
4. Finger painting. This activity is a lot of fun, but only with good supervision. The little one can have a good mess worked up for you unless you stay on top of him or her. Kids get a kick out of getting messy, and most all finger paints are easily cleaned up without residue. Look for Crayola products that are washable and come in bright colors.
5. Legos. This one is directed a bit more towards boys, although a good choice for both kids when you have one of each. Legos are creative, take up time and use mental and physical skills that wear out the child and allow for quiet time during and after play. With the amazing variety of choices and designs, Lego is a great toy to use when the child cannot go out to play.
With all of these ideas, I wish you the best rainy day and a quiet one at that! Keep clean and happy, and don’t forget to smile along the way!