Although the summer season can bring beautiful days, not all are suited for the outdoors. Rain, wind or days where the thermometer can’t even keep up with the heat index can drive families indoors for the day. With everyone stuck inside together, the time can run very slowly without activities to keep the kids busy. Below are a few time fillers to enjoy together.
Cooking as a Treat
No matter what your kids ages, cooking is a special treat. Select a recipe that will reward everyone at the end. Marshmallow rice treats, cookies or simply a mixture of dried fruits and nuts in a trail mix are wonderful to munch on during and after the cooking time! Grandma’s favorite recipe can be a great way to continue the baking tradition in your family or go off the beaten trail with “Kitchen Sink Cookies”, allowing kids to use their imaginations. Any ingredients can be added to a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe to create a one-of-a-kind treat that no one will forget!
Crafts from Pinterest
Have you ever taken a cruise through the crafts available on Pinterest? The posts on this site are a craft-lover’s dream. Ask your kids to browse through a few boards or take to the computer screen with them and find a craft suited to their ages. The kitchen table can be converted into a temporary craft headquarters while they create their masterpiece. Depending on the length of the activity, this can last a couple of hours to an entire day!
Charades are a great way to pass time with a small group indoors. Not only can the laughter be a wonderful distraction, but also there is no set up, cleanup or items to purchase! Board games can also be a welcome time filler during a bad weather day. Snacks, blankets and pillows make this activity a super special treat around the kitchen table or in the middle of the living room floor.
A movie day can lighten a gloomy day quickly! Rather than taking everyone out to a theater, homemade popcorn, a sweet treat, PJs and cuddling together can pass the time while bringing everyone closer together. Movies can even be shown in a theme – black and white movies, musicals or movies from a particular decade are fun to watch as a family.
With so many options for a bad weather day, you may find that rainy days can be the most fun!