If you have Amazon boxes waiting for the recycle bin, why not use them to create a robot. Allow children to design their robots body, face, and buttons with crayon or markers. For the cost of not taking the recycling out on time you will have hours of imagination. Older children may be able to help with cutting out eye holes and arm holes.
2. Build a blankets and pillow fort
Build a den out of the sofa cushions, chairs, clothes rack with a blanket draped over or create a fort out of a big cardboard box with packing tape to hold the sides together. Clothes pins work great for securing blankets safety
3. Visit the library
Your local library is a great resource on a rainy day. Many of the libraries run pre-school story time, during school hours, and often run classes/activities for school kids during holidays. Click here to see the Baraboo Public Library’s activity calendar.
4. Indoor treasure hunt
Hide your child’s favorite snack around the house, and the offer hints as to where they may find their buried treasure. Encourage children to dress up as pirates to increase the fun factor.
5. Make paper aeroplanes
All you need to make Paper Aeroplanes is paper and pens. Create obstacles for the planes to maneuver or just have races to see whose gets furthest. For more creativity allow children to draw the pilots at the front and the passengers looking out of the windows.
6. Make a home movie
Your phone and tablet all have more video abilities than you will know what to do with. Allow Children to plan our their own movie and then perform as the star of the show. I am Batman staring the Amazing Andrew.
7. Make music
Get all your instruments out or make some cheap versions, using house hold items (kitchen utensils (pots and pans, rubber bands wooden spoons, tins, spatula) and make some “music”
Here are couple ideas to help get your creative juices flowing
How to make a Kazoo
How to make a rubber band guitar
If you have giant cardboard boxes waiting for the recycle bin, why not set them up as a pretend town. Allow children to design the building(s) and where doors and windows belong. For the cost of a duct tape, and a box cutter you will have hours of imagination. Older children may be able to help with stretching and tearing tape. If boxes or space are limited, then simply draw a town on the bottom of the box, with roads, tracks, bridges, parks, car-parks, etc. Add Legos and wooden building blocks, cars,trains and animals. And let your Children’s imagination run wild. Older children could help with decorating/creating the scene.
9. Tidy out the playroom
May sound like a chore to start, but as the kids start to find toys, they hadn’t seen for a while, they will get in on the fun! Playing games or singing songs make doing chores more fun.Only precaution is be prepared to finish the tidying on your own, as they go off to play with some “long-lost” toy!
Here a couple ideas for clean up songs
Clean Up Clean up is fun,
Clean up clean up Clean up is fun, when we clean and sing this song.
everybody everywhere. So come on and clean together and sing along.
Clean up clean up La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
everybody do your share. So, come on and clean together and sing along.
Print off some printable coloring sheets, get out all the pens and crayons and set up a coloring station. The inter web is full of choices of printable activities for kids.
Create an “Art Gallery” bulletin board to showcase the fabulous pictures to show them off to other family members. Be sure to share your art with us as well with the hashtag #Artintheafternoon