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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.