School’s out, and the sun’s out…  Or not?  Wondering what to do with the kiddos when the gloomy weather casts a shadow on your bright and sunny summer day plans?  Fear not, rainy days can be just as fun and exciting as sunny days, even when there is no school in session!  With a little creativity, you and your kids can get through gloomy days this summer! Ms. Heather was featured on The Rhode Show's season premiere of "Summer Stars." Watch the episode here!

When thinking about “rainy day” activities in the summer, there are two main categories of “things to do.”  First, your list of go-to activities that you know will “work” for your kids.  These activities probably don’t require much planning, creativity, or gathering of materials, and can be your options for a last minute rain or thunderstorm:

  • Check out what’s playing at your local movie theater
  • Visit the library for story hour – many local libraries have wonderful summer enrichment programs and activities for kids of all ages
  • Visit your local museum – guaranteed hours of fun!
  • If there is no thunder or lightening, and just the rain is pouring down, why not go swimming in the rain?  Don’t have a pool?  Looks like it’s time for some puddle jumping!

If you’ve exhausted all of your options for rainy day activities, it looks like you’re going to have to get a little creative...  Try to think outside of the box, and remember, kids love to explore with all five of their senses, so think about how you can incorporate cooking, sensory activities, music, and creativity into your day!  Here’s a list of fun activities for rainy days around the house:

  • Play dress up – have old Halloween costumes?  How about those old shoes hanging around mom and dad’s closet?  Old purses, wallets, and scarves lying around?  Clean out your closet and let the kids play dress up – children love to play with things that belong to adults!  You can even have your own fashion show!
  • Clean out the junk craft drawer – how can you create treasure out of trash?  Encourage your little ones to build and construct out of various odds and ends you have lying around your junk drawer, tool box, or craft box.
  • Make homemade crayons – a classic yet always exciting activity.  Gather up all of your old crayon bits, and find some fun molds (muffin tins work great) to make some homemade crayons to color with!
  • Play DJ - Hop on iTunes and encourage your little ones to create their own playlist. Come up with a theme of their favorite tunes, or introduce them to an entirely new genre, and rock out!
  • Play Library - Check out your favorite books from your own collection; organize your library by book color, author, size, or subject; or just find a cozy corner and curl up to read.
  • Write, Produce, and Direct a “TV Show” – Kids love to see themselves on camera!  Encourage creativity by challenging the kiddos to create their own TV show or movie. If they're too young to do it on their own, then offer your assistance with the camera when it comes to "lights, camera, action" time.
  • Create a time capsule - Create a "2017" time capsule. Have kids include a letter to their future selves with information like their grade in school, summer plans, their best friends' names, hobbies they enjoy, favorite movies, songs, and more. Also include a few mementos and photos. Be sure to seal the whole thing in an airtight container (a tennis ball can or Tupperware would work well), and wait until a sunny day to bury it in the backyard. Just remember to make a note of where it is and when you want to open it!
  • Make a vacation memory jar - Nobody likes to say goodbye to their vacation, but there's an easy way to extend the joy of the trip. Vacation memory jars help little ones retain their favorite artifacts from their time away from home. Best of all, they can easily be transported to school for the obligatory "what did you do on Summer vacation?" discussion.
  • Get messy ­– hop onto Google or Pinterest to find the best recipe for homemade playdough, goop, or slime!
  • Bring summer activities “inside” the house  - make a fort with your pool floats, or fill your kiddie pool with a bunch of legos for the kiddos to play in!  The possibilities are endless!  Watch a movie on the “beach” in your living room!
  • Have a rock paining party – Gather some rocks from your garden, and let the kids paint away!  Create gifts for friends, paper weights, or fun art for your home!
  • Create an art gallery in your home children’s artwork
  • Clean and sort out old toys – prepare for a garage sale!
  • SING IN THE RAIN!
  • Rearrange your kid’s bedrooms!
  • Play hide and seek
  • Have fun with a cardboard box

Last but not least, here are some fun “food” ideas for your rainy day:

  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Make flavored popcorn
  • Make cake pops!
  • Have breakfast for dinner, and create fun shapes with your pancakes!
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Make pizza on a bagel or English muffin
  • Make a brownie sundae

Posted by Mel Cline