We’ve put together rainy-day activities to keep your kids engaged. This blog will go over fun ways to spend time together when you’re stuck inside.
We’re all eager to get outside now that the warmer weather is finally here again. But there are always a few days when going outside isn’t an option.
At Njswim, we know all about energetic kids. With a year-round swim program, we see children who are balls of energy every single day – rain or shine.
And because rain is inevitable, here’s our list of activities to make staying inside fun.
Indoor Family Activities
If you’re running out of activities that create healthy habits and don’t involve screen time, look no further.
Build A Fort
There’s something about a rainy day that makes you want to bundle up with a blanket. But why not get comfy in a homemade fort instead?
Building a fort gives your kids a fun place to spend time and be creative.
Just putting the fort together becomes a game of imagination. Are you building a castle or maybe a secret cave with treasures?
Use chairs, tables, or even boxes to begin to build your fort. Let your children’s design and problem-solving skills be put to the test while they create.
After the fort structure is set up, you can add pillows and blankets to make it cozy. This is one of the most popular rainy day activities because when the adults are ready for a break, the kids can carry on playing.
Add a string of Christmas lights on the inside of your fort to make it a place to read.
Invent Some Bean Bag Games
Did your entire family get a surge of energy all at once? If you’re all bouncing off the walls from being inside too long, it’s time to let loose.
Grab those nerf balls or put some beans in a bag. Take down delicate decorations and almost let your kids go wild.
New experiences make life more fun. So, instead of starting an all-out bean bag fight, introduce your children to a new activity. Challenge them to invent a set of rules for your beanbag toss.
Make-up one game or a dozen games of bean bag tag and target practice. Don’t put the house at risk.
Host a Living Room Concert
Routine is important for children and adults. It gives us the space we need to grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively.
But sometimes, jumping on the couch and having a living room rock concert is the best remedy for boredom.
Get out your pots, spoons, paper towel rolls, and cans. Use them as your instruments and microphones to put on the best living room concert ever!
Or make it a quick dance break for your family by pumping the volume and grooving out. Play some of the songs you love mixed in with what your kids like too.
Baking Something Special Together
To kids, baking can seem like an elaborate chemistry experiment. A simple cookie recipe is a magical concoction with a tasty reward at the end.
Assign your children the role of baking assistant. Give them the responsibility to prepare ingredients or measuring spoons.
Let them get fully immersed in the activity by getting a little bit messy. This gives them a perfect opportunity to learn and have fun.
Head Out to an Indoor Swimming Pool
If your kids desperately want to leave the house, head out for a family swim.
Swimming at an indoor pool is a great way to have fun while learning about the importance of water safety. Your kids will love being able to jump in and put their energy to good use.
And one of the best things about indoor pools is that they are warm. At Njswim, we keep all our pools heated for the comfort and convenience of local families.
If your child is afraid to get in the water – stay optimistic. Attitude is everything. Use the power of positivity to overcome fears and learn to float.
Playing dress-up for kids gives them the chance to let their imaginations run wild. Children enjoy trying out different characters, and dress-up gives them the opportunity.
There’s a lot of variety to this game which makes it fun as well. Even if you don’t have formal costumes, you can still use either your kid’s clothes or even your old clothes.
Pick a decade and dress your kids accordingly. They’ll love feeling like they’re a part of a different time.
Make a Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are an incredibly engaging activity for toddlers.
Fill a bin or box with rice and little toys that are safe for your kid’s age group.
Let your children scoop out the little treasures you buried by digging into the rice.
This activity will have your little ones excited about what they can find. Try setting down a single sheet or blanket under the bin of rice and toys. This makes it even easier for clean-up time.
At Njswim, we know that rain can keep energetic kids from enjoying their normal activities. Let us help you dive into some fun.
Contact us or explore our website to find an Njswim location with warm water and cool teachers near to you.