Boredom is a fate worse than death for many children. It can also lead to behavioral problems. Rainy days can sometimes be the bane of any parents who rely on the outdoors to entertain their children and their imaginations. However, there are a few activities that parents can enjoy with their children to stave off boredom. Here are six of them.
1. Camp Indoors
Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean that your children can no longer camp. Building blanket forts is one of the most enjoyable experiences a child can have. Not only does it test their creativity, but it also helps to introduce basic concepts like engineering and construction.
There are two ways to camp indoors. One is to set up an actual tent. Clear out some space in the living room or basement. Then, with the help of your children, erect the tent and fill it with sleeping bags, pillows, and fun games and books. Your children will have a great time playing in the tent. They won’t even mind that they’re still playing in the house. Being inside of a tent changes the entire experience.
The other option is the traditional blanket fort. This can also be built in either the living room, bedroom, or basement. The construction of the fort should be left entirely to your children. You’ll just want to double-check that it’s safe and won’t fall-in on them.
Again, you can fill the fort with books and other fun games for them to play with. A fort, in particular, allows your children to pretend as though they’re soldiers or knights. You can engage their imagination further by giving them quests to complete or to attempt to attack the fort and have them defend it.
Camping indoors can be a lot of fun for children. You can later complete the experience by making s’mores with your microwave.
2. Indoor Obstacle Course
Children have incredible bouts of energy. One way to exhaust them is to create an obstacle course inside the home. While this does mean that you’ll have to clean it up later, at least your children will be exhausted, too. Use cushions and other soft materials to create a course. They’ll need to climb, crew, jump, and do other physical movements in order to complete the course.
If you don’t have a lot of objects for them to crawl under or climb, then you can still have an obstacle course. Your course may just require that they perform certain activities instead.
For example, at one juncture, they need to do some jumping jacks or perform their best impression of a horse or tiger. Once they complete the task, they can move onto the next obstacle.
3. Movie Marathons
Rainy days are perfect for movie marathons. You’ll want to choose some of your child’s favorite movies to ensure that they remain engaged and don’t become bored. One way to help them stay engaged is to have them play-act the movie while they’re watching it. This keeps them active, while still entertained.
To make the movie marathon complete, make sure you include blankets and popcorn!
4. Scavenger Hunts
Everyone loves a good treasure hunt. You can hold one inside just as much as you can outside. This is a great opportunity to help your children read as well. Write down a riddle or directions on a piece of paper. The children will have to solve the riddle or follow the directions in order to find the next hint.
You can make the hints last as long as you want to keep them entertained. Eventually, however, you’ll want to have it end with a treasure full of candy or small toys. You can even throw in extra fun like making obstacles for them to overcome.
5. Go To An Escape Room
Just because it’s rainy outside doesn’t mean you can’t go out. There are plenty of child-friendly escape rooms that they may love. Again, this pits their intelligence against their physical abilities. They’ll have to solve riddles in order to escape the room. Your children will be entertained for some time, while they’re actively participating in the story the room offers.
6. Go Outside
Why not just go out in the rain? Equip your children with raincoats and boots, and let them have fun. Let them splash in the puddles, play in the mud, and just have a good time. Messes can always be cleaned and clothes can always be washed. You can’t always bring back the fun and enjoyable moments spent playing in the rain with your children.
Rainy days don’t have to ruin your children’s days. These six activities and ideas can make them enjoy rainy days so much that they hope that it rains again soon. Give these fun ideas a try for yourself!