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Rainy Day Activities



Rainy days with a toddler or preschooler can be a caregiver's nightmare! What do you do when you cannot watch Disney's Aladdin one more time? Read on for ideas.

Bake! Children love breaking eggs, measuring, learning the difference between flour and sugar, as well as eating the results! Favorites include brownies, chocolate chip cookies (love that electric beater for the 4-6 year old crowd!), muffins, and even pizza bagels.

Declare RED DAY or Squares and Circles. Toddlers and preschoolers can practice finding their favorite color throughout the home, or in old magazines. Hunting shapes can be just as much fun. Keep a record of what they find to share with mom and dad at the end of the day.

Go Camping! Use sheets or blankets and the kitchen table/chairs to make a 'tent.' Get pillows, blankets, and read stories, make funny faces and sounds, or just take a nap.

Bring on the theatre! Old unmatched socks make great puppets. Or dress up and do your own show. Children's books offer plenty of story-line inspiration. Learn the macarena or a line dance to show mom.

Scavenger hunting! Either hide some treats and give the child/ren a list of clues, or make a list of things to 'find.' How about a red sock, block with the letter A, anything purple, or a picture of a blue car? Use your imagination and your charges will too.

Have a picnic - all you need is a blanket and lunch. Who says you have to eat at the table ALL the time?

Take a walk - a warm summer rain doesn't have to stop you. Pull out the rain coats, umbrellas, and boots and go on a walk. Find puddles, search for worms, catch the water coming out of the rain spout, just have a good time. A warm bath and a set of fresh clothes later and that claustrophobic feeling is gone.

Pull out the book on kitchen science -try Kid Science : Kitchen Science Experiments (Kid Science) by Q. L. Pearce or Simple Kitchen Experiments : Learning Science With Everyday Foods by Muriel Mandell or The Science Chef : 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids by Joan D'Amico. A vinegar and baking soda volcano will chase the blahs away. Especially for the preschooler and elementary school crowd.


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