I’m not trying to make anyone jealous, but the weather where I live (Northern California) is amazing today! It is sunny and warm, but not at all hot. Perfect for jeans and a t-shirt! Currently my windows are open and we are enjoying this amazing weather!
But in a few days, the rain will probably return, and we will be “rained in” like we are during a lot of the winter time. I realize that snow is not dumping on us, and we are able to drive and continue life as normal unlike in other parts of the U.S., however, it still eliminates many outdoor activities like bike riding and park trips.
When the weather outside is frightful, what do you do? Do your children go stir crazy? I know mine does! So I find it helpful to have a list of indoor activities she can do so she (and I) don’t go crazy!
Here are a few GREAT ideas for you and your family to do when the weather is keeping you indoors:
Stick ‘Em Up!
- Give your child (and you!) sticky notes and let them design on your walls! They can use the sticky notes to create various shapes, images, wall murals etc. on your walls! They can rearrange them as much as they want too so the fun can go on for quite some time! As a bonus for you, they won’t leave a yucky residue on your walls and the clean-up is oh so easy!
- Most kids love this game! As a variation, try hiding an object instead of a person hiding! This can become a challenge for older children as well depending on the size of the object you have chosen to hide!
- Decorate a large box as a time machine. One person enters the time machine and comes out of the box to see everyone else acting as if they are from a predetermined time period or place. The person who has traveled in time has to guess what time period they have arrived in. (Ideas: Wild West / Cowboys, Ancient Greece, France etc.)
- Let your children decide on a restaurant theme! Have them create decorations that fit the theme. (i.e. centerpieces, napkin holders, placemats / table cloth etc.) Even let them design and create a menu with properly themed food. If possible help them make and serve some of the menu items.
Make a fort
- I know it is so simple, but I always forget to do the simple things with my daughter. And boy does she LOVE building forts!
A Cooking Project
- Even the youngest toddlers love a good cooking project. Find age appropriate jobs for everyone and you can have a lot of fun in the kitchen making a special lunch, dinner or yummy desert!
Come back to my blog and search for great ideas regularly! 🙂
Now, next time the weather is oh so frightful, you will have a great list of activities to keep your family busy with!
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