Beat the Winter Doldrums: Sanity Saving Rainy Day/Winter Day Indoor Activities
Within reason, create weather-fearless kids. Teach your child from an early age that people can enjoy whatever weather we're given. Find creative ways to bundle and waterproof and get out there, even if it's for a very short walk!
Ingrid H added this item on March 8, 2010
Tammy R voted on March 8, 2010
Rocio V voted on March 8, 2010
Joann S commented on March 8, 2010 - YEAH!!! that's exactly what I was thinking....we get outside everyday unless the temperature dips below freezing or a thunder/lightening storm is going on...we do have a nice front porch that gets lots of use if it's pouring. Kids need to get outside!!
Lisa R voted on March 8, 2010
Lisa R commented on March 8, 2010 - Completely agree!
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Jenn F commented on March 8, 2010 - I agree whole-heartedly! My eight and two year old go out and look for "signs of spring" --bulbs sprouting, pussy willow branches. etc.
Aimee M voted on March 8, 2010
Rebecca S commented on March 8, 2010 - I love your spirit! Thank you--I'm going to do it!!
McMama commented on March 8, 2010 - Like yesterday, it started to rain and we had our daughter put on her rain boots and jacket and go outside and play in the rain!
Ingrid H commented on March 9, 2010 - I noticed while traveling in Sweden in November the littlest of children out with their parents, all bundled, in all sorts of weather. They looked comfy and happy. It really inspired me to look at going outside playtime differently! Have fun!
Isabel D voted on March 10, 2010
Isabel D commented on March 10, 2010 - I remember doing so as a kid myself. Went out regardless, not every day but we did a lot of walking living in Chicago. I do try going outside and getting air as much as possible. Which helped me enjoy this winter alot more than others.
Kindred Spirit S voted on November 27, 2011
Kindred Spirit S commented on November 27, 2011 - I remember kids playing in the rain in Japan when I lived there. With so many days of rain (helps to grow rice, you know), kids would never be outside if they weren't willing to go out anyway.
We bake a lot and deliver homemade treats to our friends, mother's group and work. It's fun and a great learning moment for my 2 year old daughter; we practice measuring, talking about all of the ingredients, etc....
Amy F added this item on March 8, 2010
Rocio V voted on March 8, 2010
Tony and Teri E voted on March 8, 2010
We pull out the boxes from Costco and make spaceships/cars/traps...
This is the week I start planning the garden. Last year the kids and I made garden pictures by cutting out pictures from the seed catalogs and gluing them onto construction paper. Just thinking about seeing plants again can be uplifting.
Lynn E added this item on March 8, 2010
Billie E commented on March 8, 2010 - Carrie's seed planting idea is great! Check out the Discovery Toys gardening set called "Garden Works" and its companion book "A Seed Grows." It has child-friendly text & diagrams of how a seed grows into a fruit-bearing plant. www.toysofdiscovery.com
Michele C voted on March 8, 2010
Dana S R voted on March 9, 2010
Lydia D commented on March 9, 2010 - Thank you! That's a great idea... I would have never thought of that! :)
Pour about 5 pounds of plain white rice into a large plastic container and give the kids funnels, spoon and measuring cups. For extra fun, hide small toys under the rice and give the kids chopsticks to go digging.
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We make homemade koolaid playdough. My daughter helps make the playdough & then we use cookie cutters, playdough accesories, etc. and make playdough cookies and other playdough treats. We then play restaurant and serve the treats to her stuffed animals.