Fun For Kids On Rainy Days

Are you looking for some fun things to do with your kids on rainy days? Here are a few suggestions.

-Scavenger hunt for items around the house. It doesn't have to be anything major, just stuff like candies or decorations or toys. Anything whose absence will be noticed will do.
-Put on a play using dolls/action figures/stuffed animals, etc. We used to use shoeboxes and Legos to create 'sets' for our My Little Ponies to act out scenes from our favorite TV shows. Most of the time we would just do them for ourselves, but it might also be fun for your kids to come up with skits to act out for you.
-Family game night, particularly a game made up by the kids
-Charades or Pictionary, even if you can't act or draw your way out of a paper bag. In fact, that makes the game that much more fun!
-Make a simple but yummy snack or treat. Cookies, Rice Crispie treats, cupcakes-anything that is easy to make, easy to decorate and fun to eat!
-If you have girls, play 'beauty parlor', doing each other's hair and makeup. My sister and I used to do this when we were younger and it was a lot of fun. Heck, sometimes boys might get a kick out of this if you let them do your hair in really weird ways.
-On the same tip as above, do each other's nails. It might even be fun to come up with your own 'nail art' designs-stripes, spots, swirls, words, whatever you want. Just make sure you have nail polish remover handy!
-If you have old makeup and/or nail polish that you don't use anymore, use them as art supplies. I used to take my old makeup and apply it to a 'canvas' of paper using the same tools I would use on my face. Using eye shadow applicators and lip/eye pencils gives you a lot of control over what sorts of shapes you draw, although I usually preferred doing abstracts. If you're worried about the makeup staining things, blot it with a cloth or paper towel before displaying it.
-Make crafts using things you would normally throw away. Boxes, bottles, egg crates, cardboard scraps, construction paper, labels...all of these things can be added to the usual glue-and-markers to make fun and interesting crafts. Best of all, you don't have to buy anything new and can recycle most things later on!
-To combine the crafts with the scavenger hunt, it might be fun for the items you hide to be pieces they have to collect to make a larger 'whole'. For instance, for a model airplane, hide the wheels in one place, the wings in another, the cabin and the decals and all of the parts of the plane needed to make the model. A lot of toy and science-themed stores will sell cardboard or wooden models of animals or dinosaur skeletons that have to be put together in a particular order; hide things in the house and send them on a different 'search' for each section.
-If it is warm and there's no lightning, get into bathing suits and play a nice game of kickball in the yard. Either that, or fight with water balloons and squirt guns. Since it's already raining out, you don't have to worry about getting too dirty and have a great way to cool off in the summer.

What are some things you like to do on rainy days?

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