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5 Rainy Day Indoor Activities for You and Your Toddlers

It is rainy outside, meaning you and your toddler are stuck inside. No worries, these rainy day activities will keep your toddler engaged and create special memories for you both…

1.Balloon Magic via Family Education 

Time

  • 5 to 10 minutes

Materials

  • Balloons

Directions

  1. Your young child is learning about gravity from trial and error. This activity challenges those emerging concepts with unexpected variations. Blow up a few balloons and tie them off.
  2. Rub each one on a wool carpet, sweater, or fur until enough electricity is generated so that when they are placed on the wall, they stick like magic. Note: dispose of all broken balloons immediately, as they pose a serious choke hazard.

Extensions

  • When the balloon is electrified, it can be used to attract and lift your hair.
  • Blow up balloons of different colors and stick them to the wall in similar groupings.
  • Inflate them so that some are larger and sort onto the wall by size.

2.Toddler Bowling by Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler’s Busy Book

Materials

  • Empty plastic soda bottles or unopened paper towel rolls
  • Large rubber ball

Directions

  1. Line up three or four (or more) empty plastic soda bottles or unopened paper towel rolls.
  2. Show your toddler how to roll a large rubber ball to knock them over.

3.Puppets

Try this paper bag bear version via Kidspot

What you need:

  • A brown paper lunch bag
  • Pieces of brown construction paper
  • 2 x googly eyes
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers and/or crayons

Activity:

Turn the bag upside down so that the closed end becomes the top and the open end becomes the bottom.

Fold the closed end of the bag over so that there is about a 7cm flap.

Now fold in the corners of the flap diagonally (like you would fold in the edges to wrap a present.) It should create a trapezium shape which is the face

Staple the corners in place.

Cut out two brown ears and glue them onto the bag.

Draw a bear face onto the flap between the two ears.

Cut out two bear paws and glue them in place.

Put your hand inside the bag, curve your fingers over into the face. Now you can move the bear’s face around when he talks.

Notes:

  • A small brown paper bag from a fancy gift shop is ideal for making paper bag puppets.

 

4.Indoor Campout

Pretend to go camping. Build a tent in your living room out of blankets and chairs. Don’t forget to bring the flashlights, snacks, and books. Or make it an igloo and pretend to hunt for polar bears and go ice fishing. ~Parents.com

5.Make Something Edible

Why not try an easy, delicious no bake recipe!

“Baking” doesn’t get easier or faster than no-bake cookies, and these chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal versions from Brown Eyed Baker look simply divine. The only ingredients are butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and quick-cooking oats. Thirty minutes from start to the in-your-mouth finish! ~PopSugar Moms

What’s your go-to activity on a rainy day?

Lori

Freelance Blogger at ImmenselySocial.com
Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at ImmenselySocial.com
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