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What to do on a Rainy Day

January 2nd, 2013 Seasonal

Letting the kids play outside is fun for them and easy for you because you don't have to entertain them. But what about on rainy days, when heading outdoors would involve umbrellas, raincoats and possibly even a cold? Fortunately, you don't have to panic because there are plenty of captivating indoor games that they can play and activities you can help them with.

1. Make cookies! Or bake anything, for that matter. You can have the kids help by getting the ingredients for you, measuring them and then mixing everything together. Of course, they can also help you eat them when the treats are ready. Adding toppings like frosting and sprinkles will take up more time and provide more fun.

2. Set out a bunch of coloring and painting supplies on the kitchen table and have your kids get to work. Give them a couple of ideas of what to draw, or let them use their imagination! Coloring books are always crowd pleasers, but if you don't have any, there are tons of websites that post blank templates.

3. Board games are always fun, and they're even playable if there's a storm and the power goes out! Choose one that your kids love or introduce them to one of your childhood favorites.

4. Bowling is a fun activity if you want to get out of the house. Lots of lanes have bumpers for kids who aren't yet capable of making it all the way down to the pins. Some places even have glow bowling, with plenty of fun lights and music to keep your kids entertained.

5. Kids love building forts, especially when grown ups aren't allowed inside! Give them free reign of the living room so they can use the cushions to create walls. Gather a couple of sheets to use as canopies and they'll occupy themselves for hours. Just ask them to help you clean it up afterward!