13 Rainy Day Activities

by Ellen

If you are having a rainy summer, it can be tough to find ways to keep your child care children entertained and occupied.  Here are some unique ideas to try the next time you find yourself inside on a rainy day!

1.  Set up a scavenger hunt by giving children a list of items to find in the room. If you have a lot of old magazines, you can do a magazine scavenger hunt, where they have to find pictures of certain items in magazines.

2.  Put on a talent show or a puppet show.

3.  Pop popcorn and set up a movie theater in the dramatic play area. Have children sell tickets, fill popcorn buckets, etc., followed by all children watching a kid’s movie.

4.  Paint the windows! Make washable window paint (Mix 1/3 cup Clear Liquid Dish Soap, 3 Tbsp Powdered Tempera Paint, 2 Tbsp Liquid Starch). It can be fun to paint a ‘sunny’ scene on the window to brighten up the room.

5.  Wash Toys. What better time than a rainy day to clean some toys. Set up a car wash with all of the toy cars and vehicles and let kids clean them. In the housekeeping area, have children wash the dishes and give the baby dolls a bath.

6.  Find an easy children’s play and rehearse the play. Put the play on for parents at the end of the day.

7.  Challenge children with Minute-To-Win-It games. Get some ideas here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/minute-to-win-it-game-ideas.html

8.  Make a rain painting. Have children draw on cardstock with washable markers. Place the drawings outside in the rain until the colors have run. Bring inside to dry on a flat surface.

9.  Play balloon hockey. Tape a piece of cardboard on the end of a wrapping paper tube for each child to have a hockey ‘stick’. Let children try to score goals into a laundry basket.

10.  Measure the rain. Put a variety of pots and jars outside to measure the rainfall. With each container, have children estimate how much rain will fill it up. Draw a line on the container with each child’s guess.

11.  Create Rainbow Rain. Fill a clear container 3/4 with water. Then cover the top with shaving cream to create cloud peaks. Have children drop food coloring on top of the cloud in rainbow order. Then have them syringe water over top of the food coloring drops to make it rain. It creates a really cool effect.

12.  Bubble wrap walk or hopscotch. Table bubble wrap on the floor and let kids march around.

13.  Make a marble run. Be creative and have children use different sized cardboard tubes to create a marble run. They can use poster tack to tape their tubes to the wall and work to get the marble to flow through the tubes.

Of course, you can always take children outside to play in the rain…jumping in puddles is great fun.  Share what ideas you have for rainy days in the comments below!

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