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Looking for ways to spice up your day with your preschooler when the weather is yucky? Search no further! Here are some of my favorite ways to have fun while building fond memories with your little one.
Who doesn’t remember building a fort out of blankets and pillows as a child? There are fun little ways you can take fort building to the next level. Get some flashlights, book and read stories in the fort. Make a finger food dinner and eat dinner in the fort. You can even sleep in there! My tween still remembers when we built a fort and took a nap in it 7 years ago.
There are a few things you can do with shaving cream that you and your children will love. Simply put shaving cream on your kitchen table and let your child play in it. You will be surprised at how much fun they have with it! They can draw pictures in it, write their name in it or just let them rub it all around the table. Also, you can put shaving cream with food coloring in a ziplock bag. Tape the bag to the door and let your child squish away, mixing the food coloring and shaving cream. You can even use this as a chance to teach your child about mixing primary colors!
Bubble wrap can be so much fun! Some children enjoy pinching each bubble one by one whereas others like to twist them to make many pop at once. But have you ever laid out bubble wrap on the floor and danced on it?! Put on some of your preschooler’s favorite tunes (Laurie Berkner is always a hit!); lie out the bubble wrap and dance away! Another thing to try is painting bubble wrap. Lie out some bubble wrap, let your child paint on it and then put the painted side on paper. It creates really neat patterns and designs!
All children I have met have music in their core. A fun, simple way to make music with your child is to get out some water glasses, fill them with different amounts of water and tap them with spoons. See if you can figure out the tune to the ABC’s! Another musical item you can make with things around your house is a rain stick. Simply use an old toilet paper or paper towel tube, cover one end, add some rice (or beans, pasta, buttons, etc…) and cover the other end. Let your child decorate the tube with crayons, paints, markers, or stickers to make it their own! Then, of course, there is the timeless classic of making music with pots, pans and wooden spoons.
Children love board games. Some of my favorites to play with preschoolers are Candy Land, Memory, Chutes and Ladders, Sequence Jr., and Boggle Jr. Board games teach many important skills without children even knowing it!
What are some of your favorite things to do on a rainy day?