Tips and tricks for making parenting FUN again!

Tips and tricks for making parenting FUN again!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rainy Day Jar

Don't you just dread those days that are too rainy, cold, snowy, etc. to play outside? Well, you get a lot of those in winter, so today's post is the first in my Rainy Day series! Throughout this week I will give you some fun ideas for stay-inside days. In our home we have come to look forward to those days because of our Rainy Day Jar. Inside this jar are slips of paper that include our favorite rainy day activities:
- play a board game
- bake treats (super fun easy and delicious recipe to come later this week!)
- have a treasure hunt (more about these later in the week too!)
- play horse jumping (see above!)
- make an obstacle course
- paint
- build with blocks
- read books
- make cards
- build a fort/tent
- play from imagination jar (more on those later this week too!)
- dance party

As soon as we see it's going to be a stay-inside kind of day, we pull out our Rainy Day jar and one child gets to pick out a piece of paper. We do the activity on the paper until we feel like doing something else and then the next child gets a turn to pick.

I make sure that all of the activities in the jar are things that I enjoy doing too, because that means that I will be have fun and be more likely to participate. As they say, "If Mom ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!"

Now when it's a rainy/snowy/cold day we all look forward to reaching into the jar and finding out what adventures our day holds!! Be sure to check back this week for more on these fun ideas!

What is your favorite rainy day activity?

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