How to Keep Your Kids Active on a Rainy Day
A miserable, rainy day can spell disaster for some parents, with tantrums perpetually on the horizon. Kids need to run around to lose some of that built-up energy and being trapped indoors can seem the opposite of what they need. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do with them on a rainy day to make sure they will be tired and happy by the end of the day, and you can keep your sanity for a little while longer.
Play in the Rain!
So, it’s raining, but you still want your kid to have a run around? Well, go and play in the rain! Going out and splashing in puddles is just about the best thing you can do with them to get rid of that pent-up energy. Wrap them (and yourself) up in warm waterproofs and go and see who can make the biggest splash. The weather can throw all sorts at us, so by going out and playing anyway, you are setting a great example for your kids.
If you’ve had your fill outside, or your child doesn’t fancy it much, dancing is another great way to burn off some of that excess energy. You can play the ever popular ‘Freeze Dance’ or just put on some music and jump around a bit, either are great to get your little one moving. Not only is it brilliant for them physically, but there is evidence that having music on around the house can boost creativity. Win-win!
All you need for this is a balloon and a bit of string. Make a bit of space in one of your rooms, tie the string across to make a net and you have your very own indoor tennis court. Either play against each other or see how many times you can get the balloon over the net without it touching the floor.
Yoga is brilliant for kids of all ages, and you shouldn’t practice it only on rainy days, but when it’s wet outside, it gives you all the more reason to give it a go. There are a hundred and one videos out there to guide you, but if you are determined to maintain zero screen time you can make a simple kids routine yourself. Just think of a few random things (animals work well) and get your child to make a suitable pose.
Follow the Leader
This popular child game is another great way to get your kids on their feet. Take it in turns to be the leader and make your way around the house from room to room. You just need to make sure there is lots of jumping, spinning, and jiggling going on to tire them out! You can keep it imaginative by adding the typical levels of childish silliness. Speaking in silly voices, running super-fast, and crashing into things should all be on the list.
It can be a bit disheartening to see the weather forecast for the day and realize you will be spending a fair amount of it indoors with your bundle(s) of joy. There are lots of activities you can do to tire them out, however, so a rainy day is nothing to fear. Just make sure that at the end of the day, they will be the ones who need the early night, not you!
Parents.com offers a plethora of great ideas for arts & crafts you can do with your children at home.