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Rainy Day Ideas For Kids
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Cold and rainy days are the number one cause of bored, listless and unhappy children. Kids need more to keep them occupied than mindless TV shows and video games when they cannot go outside to play. The following five activities will help keep your kids busy when they are trapped with you inside the house.

Board games are always a hit if you have two or more children to keep busy. Yahtzee, Scrabble and Monopoly are great for older kids who have longer attention spans and better math and spelling skills. Younger kids may prefer Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Operation or other classic kids board games. Board games are also a hit with parents because they teach kids to share, take turns and play fair.

Art projects are one of the best indoor kids activities. Some construction paper, a box of crayons, a glue stick and a pair of safety scissors will keep your child busy and happy for hours. Children can be encouraged to create their own books and holiday decorations, make gift cards for family members or just paint a pretty picture for mom to put on the fridge.

When the weather is too sloppy to go outside, kids can nestle in and enjoy a good book. Choose books that are age appropriate. Early readers are less likely to enjoy long books that use a vocabulary beyond their reading comprehensive level. Likewise, more advanced readers will be bored to tears with the short, simplistic books meant for children just learning to read. Librarians at your child's school or civic library can also recommend books appropriate for your child's reading level.

On dreary days when the weather is too wet or cold to go outside, teach your child basic cooking skills with a muffin, brownie or cake mix. Children as young as seven can be taught to read a recipe, set the temperature on an electric oven, measure out the ingredients and mix them together. Kids will need adult help putting their treats into the oven and pulling them out to cool when they are done. Nothing tastes better than a warm home-made treat during bad weather.

There are hundreds of possibilities for an afternoon of indoor fun with kids craft kits. With a simple leather working kit, your child can create a wallet, belt or a pair of moccasins. Other kits teach kids step-by-step how to make friendship bracelets, lanyards and other items from fiber or plastic lacing. Kids can even make potholders with a simple loop loom. Finding a craft kit your child will enjoy is a snap.

There are lots of other activities your kids might enjoy doing on days when they cannot go outside. Your children might have a few ideas of their own. Try talking with your child to see if any of these indoor activities are appealing to him or if he has ideas of his own he would like to explore.


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Great ideas! In Australia it's often wet and warm... my kids favourite rainy day activity is playing outside and floating sticks down the gutter! They come in soaking wet but very happy!! Then it's time for a warm bath! Takes up a good part of the rainy day!! ;-)

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