Make Rainy Days Fun with These Exciting Activities

Have you experienced sitting by the window watching raindrops patter on the pavement and small streams of water gushing down the gutter, wishing for the rain to stop? Rainy days often make up the most boring times in our lives, but they don’t have to be, especially if you have kids.

Exciting adventures don’t always need to be held under the glaring heat of the sun on warm, windy days. With a little bit of creativity, you can convert your home into a fun and exciting venue for the whole family. Whether you’re living in a condo, stand alone home, or a townhouse, you can use every available space to create exciting activities for the family. If you’re running out of ideas, here are a few activities you can start with. They might also get your creative juices flowing.

Invest in board games

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If you enjoyed hours of entertainment playing board game classics like monopoly, snakes & ladders, battleship, and games of the generals as a child, you had an awesome childhood. A rainy day would be a great time to dust off the boxes and continue the fun with your family.

Classic board games are time tested so you’ll know they’ll be a hit, but you don’t need to stick to the classics alone. Some of the newer board games, such as Code Name and Time Stories will ensure endless hours of fun and excitement.

Enjoy a movie with friends

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One of the benefits of condo living is that you have plenty of neighbors and they don’t even need to run in the pouring rain just to visit you. If you’ve been blessed with a large screen TV or a projector, order a movie from your cable provider and have your friends come over with pizza and a few drinks. Just make sure that the movie is rated for the whole family so that no one gets left out, especially the kids.

Learn how to bake

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If you’ve never experienced baking bread or cake, you need to place that activity in your bucket list. Baking is in itself an adventure because you just never know how it will turn out. The suspense that comes with sitting by the oven waiting to see if you baked a perfect piece is just surreal. Once its done, everyone can participate designing it and chomping it all down well.

If you think that cakes are a bit too difficult for your liking, you can try baking other goodies like cookies, cupcakes, or brownies.

Put on a puppet show

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Puppet shows take a bit of preparation so you’ll need to take some time out of your busy schedule to work on a play and the puppets you’ll be using. You can invest in puppets complete with strings and all but doing so might be a bit expensive. If you want a cheaper option, design old socks or cut the bottom off old stuffed toys so a hand fits inside.

All you need now is a stage and an old cardboard box, magic markers, colored paper, paste, and scissors. For your story line, you can make the puppets act out scenes of a famous children’s story or create one on your own if you have a penchant for story telling. You can even invite your next door neighbors for a bit more fun and excitement.

Have fun with paint

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You don’t need to be an artist to make a masterpiece–a paintbrush, different color paints, and a canvass are all you’ll need to prove it. Your canvass doesn’t even need to be an artist’s canvass. It can be pieces of stone from the backyard, old cardboard boxes, or even t-shirts or jeans. Let your imagination flow and your kids will surely have plenty of excitement creating their own masterpieces as well.

Hold a treasure hunt

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A treasure hunt is a great outdoor activity, but it can also be quite exciting when held indoors. You can hide small treasures like chocolates and candies around the house and have your kids search for them. Just remember to stay safe and avoid hiding your treasure in areas where a child would need to climb on a chair or be exposed to dangerous household chemicals.

Have fun with paper mache

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Create an elephant, bunny, dog, giraffe, birds, or even a planet with paper mache. All you need is some metal wire, old newspapers, paste, scissors, paint, and a paint brush. You’ll need to create the skeleton first using the metal wire, then cover it with strips of newspaper dipped in paste until you achieve the desired form. Leave it to dry for a little while and paint it to your heart’s wishes. Quick tip: elephants don’t always need to be gray and bunnies not always white, brown, or black; they can be any color you wish!

Learn the art of origami

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This activity can be quite challenging and you’ll need instructions, so you might want to buy a book or use instructional websites on the internet. Nonetheless, it’s a fun family activity that even kindergartners can easily appreciate.

Enjoy the rain

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Last, but certainly not the least, have some fun in the rain. If you or your kids don’t want to get soaking wet, use raincoats and rubber boots to play in the rain. Just make sure that everyone is safe, so choose an area that is a distance away from any traffic, has no open holes, and as secure as possible.

Rainy days may seem gloomy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. There are plenty of fun indoor activities when it’s rainy; activities you can enjoy with your kids until the sun shines through. All you need is a bit of imagination, creativity, and of course, a positive attitude. This rainy season, compile a list of indoor activities you can do with your family. If you’ve simply run out of activities, then visit an indoor sports gymnasium or go shopping in the mall. Always remember, the rainy season is a great time to bond with the family, so don’t let those rainy days go to waste.

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Two of my favorite lines from Emma Watson's speech on the state of feminism.

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Pre-defined social roles blur as personalities like Emma Watson and shows like Orange is the New Black tackle issues on sexuality, gender equality, and race. As more personalities speak up about women marginalization, gender and race equality, does this mean the end of social exclusion? Do shows like Orange and is the New Black reflect accurately the social paradigm shift?

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Don’t Murder Your Content! Here’s How Weird Al Can Help

Grammar is a touchy territory. Talking to grammar snobs is probably one of the most uncomfortable moments for anyone. Who (not whom) would not feel uneasy when talking to someone who (again, not whom) seems to check whether your subjects and verbs agree? However, when you are in content marketing, flawless grammar matters. It distinguishes a trusted brand from second-rate ones. It gives the impression that you are taking your job, your brand, and your audience seriously.

"Weird Al" Yankovic's latest album, Mandatory Fun, comes out July 15. (You can hear a sample of a few songs from his album in this NPR interview)
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Pop satirist Weird Al Yankovic has some tongue in cheek reminders. With over 15 million views on Youtube, “Word Crimes”, a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, became an instant anthem for grammar police and nerds. The rise of social media has taken its toll on grammar — young people do not write in complete sentences anymore, spell words correctly, use punctuations, and so on. What we have is a generation of slang mumblings, you know? I mean, ain’t that right? Texting also altered the language landscape. It eliminated some “waste words and letters” but resulted in grammar ignorance and indifference. Weird Al’s grammar lesson aims to take us out of that black hole. Content marketers can pick up a few things from his two cents and save good content from forthcoming death.

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The Power Couple: When Content Met Social Media

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The marriage of content marketing and social media has produced lots of great things in the Internet.

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Counting Down to the Top 10 TV Shows of 2013

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What to Consider When Looking for a Place This Rainy Season

Rainy season has arrived once again and you can expect a heavy down pour in most areas where the water levels suddenly increase. Because of this, you might think if it’s still safe for you to stay inside your own house or is it better if you go to a new higher place where a lease space is available. Moving to a different area that is not entirely yours is not as easy as what you think when your money and security are at stake. However, these reminders will keep you abreast about what you should do in renting during the wet season.

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Listen. Learn. Earn: A Review on the BiggerPockets Podcasts

Podcasts. Whew I feel like eating whenever I hear this term. Pods right?  Just try to make sense of that. So much for imaginary eating, I’ve been listening to podcasts since a friend told me about them a few years back.  With the hundreds of podcasts one can listen to and learn from, you can definitely find one that will suit your needs. If you’re a business junkie with a high level of enthusiasm for real estate, listening to BiggerPockets simply becomes a must. It does not and will not teach you how to be a millionaire overnight but it will slowly get you there. Don’t expect to talk to experts who discuss theories and those dizzying statistics. Instead, expect to hear real people talk about their experiences and the life that they live.

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Psychology is believed to encompass the everyday activities of man due to its influence on one’s daily grind of life. Despite it being a challenging field, Psychology attempts to explain how and why people behave the way they do. Mary Parker Follet a notable contributor to the theory of management once said, “Management is the art of getting things done through people”. Follet strongly advocated the need for managers to thwart themselves from being exaggeratedly managing and officious. While it may be true that an organization holds to its name a rather lengthy list of resources, one must not forget that human resource is the heart of every organization. Follet’s ideas on negotiation, power and employee participation speak volumes a propos the need for a manager to make his people work in his favor without miscalculating and making the latter feel any less than who and what they are in the organization.

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