Once those rainy days roll around and the kids are off from school, parents have two things on their mind: how to keep their kids out of the rain and how to keep them occupied without having to spend much money. It is always handy to have a few options up your sleeves to make a rainy day a memorable one for your kids as well as for yourself.
Here are 10 rainy day activities that your kids are sure to love and will cost you very little:
1. Play board games the old way
Although kids these days have access to hundreds of online board games, they’ll appreciate the old fashion way of playing if you play with them. The all time favorite classic board games for kids include Monopoly, Snake and Ladders and Candy Land.
2. Take the kids swimming
Children love swimming and seem to be able to swim all day. Besides being a great way to exercise, swimming is cheap. Take your kids to an indoor pool to avoid the rain.
3. Take the kids to a movie
These days, children spend a great deal of time watching TV online. However, they still love going to the movie with their parents. There are always great movies playing at the theatres, so choose one that is making waves and take your kids to see it. To cut the cost, choose a day when there is a discount.
4. Read stories
Good stories never go out of fashion and children of every generation love them. Choose a good book and read it to yourself first. Then plan how you are going to read it to your kids, improvising the voice and mannerism of each character.
5. Give the kids a cooking lesson
Kids do not generally like cooking because they think of it as a chore. However, they will love it if you make it fun. Choose some simple dishes that your kids love and show them how to prepare the recipe and cook them. Do it over several days – one dish per day. Besides being fun, it will be a lesson they will greatly value when they become adults themselves.
6. Paint the walls
If your rooms need repainting, then involve your kids in DIY painting. Show them how to use the brush and how to apply the paint without creating a mess. When they have learned enough, give each of them an area that they can call their own. It may not be a good idea to paint the exterior of your house, but you can always paint the interior walls and ceilings. And your children will simply love it.
7. Have a party
Most children love to dance and eat. Besides being fun, dancing is a great way to reenergize the body and mind. You can get a karaoke machine and sing your favorite songs.
Use your imagination, be creative and think out of the box when searching for things to do with your kids on a rainy day. To keep the costs down, concentrate on the resources available at home. You may not know it yet, but if you look carefully you will find that your home is a treasure-trove of things that help you save money on children’s activities at any time of the year.
What do you do on a rainy day to keep your kids occupied?