Having the right indoor activities for children on hot, cold, or rainy days will make all the difference in keeping them entertained for hours.
When the weather is bad outside or you are in isolation due to a pandemic and the kids have to stay in, there are plenty of ways to keep them entertained and to have fun in the process. Adults can also partake in said indoor activities and make the whole day a family affair.
The children are going to have so much fun that they will look forward to rainy days so they can have a great day indoors doing these activities.
Fun Indoor Activities For Children
Baking Cookies and Using Them as Game Pieces
An old-time favourite indoor activities for children is to bake cookies. But, with this activity, not only are the kids going to have fun baking the cookies, but they will get to play with them once they are made.
Begin by letting the kids choose what type of cookies they want and make sure that all the ingredients are available. Be sure to obtain all the ingredients needed on any prior grocery store trip, so that they are on hand whenever a rainy day may come up.
Make the cookies by letting the children each take a task, making sure that whatever they are assigned is appropriate for their age. Once the cookies are in the oven, have the kids pick a game that uses game pieces and preferably a board.
When the cookies are baked and cooled, substitute the game pieces with the cookies and start playing! Make sure that the game is set so that when game pieces (the cookies) are disqualified (such as with checkers), the opponent gets to collect them. It’s good to play in teams so that the cookies can be divided between all players.
Hosting Children’s Drawing Contests
A fun indoor activities for children that most kids love to do is drawing, and it is a great one to do while it is raining outside. The best and easiest way for kids to draw is with crayons and large sheets of white paper. Although, if parents or caregivers don’t mind the mess, paint or oils can also be lots of fun.
Set an area where there’s lots of floor space and place down the crayons and paper. Have the kids use their imagination and go wild! Adults can also take part in the drawing activity and make their own creations.
Then, when everyone has finished his first drawing, hang the pictures up on a wall and have the kids vote for their favorite one. In order to include everyone in the winnings, other contests can be done by adding different categories.
For example, have the kids vote on which drawing has the best use of the color blue, or the one with the shiniest sun, etc. Use ways to get the best of each drawing so that every kid can get a prize. For the prizes, items from the dollar store always work well, such as lip glosses, beach toys, or stationery items.
Reading Books and Acting Them Out
Have the children take out a bunch of books and bring them to the living room, or another comfortable area that has some space available. Tell the kids to choose one book and begin reading it out loud by taking turns (have each child read one page, for example, and pass it along to the next one).
Once the kids read the book and become familiar with the story, have them pick a character from it to act out. Tell them to rehearse first, and once they are ready, they can “act” out the book’s story in a skit or play.
If there are many kids (and adults) at home, they can be split into groups where each can act out a different book. Adults can also participate in the play by being actors as well or the directors. Pick books that are age-appropriate so that the children can act them out successfully.
Rainy Days Will be Fun Again
With these indoor activities for children, rainy days will never be boring again, and the kids will look forward to bad weather. Baking cookies when it’s pouring out is a wonderful way to stay busy, as is using them as game pieces when they are done. Nearly nothing can keep the children more entertained than a good session of drawing contests or reading books and acting them out. So, be sure to try these fun indoor activities for children the next time the forecast calls for unpleasant weather.