Rain rain, go away. Come again another day?
Well, we really don’t want it to ever come back, but it will, so what fun things will you do when it does?
There is a small piece of me that actually loves rainy days! It allows me the time to stay inside and not feel guilty about it at all. My youngest loves to do puzzles which is a perfect low-key way to start the morning. Sometimes we do a small puzzle and sometimes we make it a family event and do a puzzle with 1000 pieces. No matter the size, the puzzles are a fantastic way to work on fine motor skills, visual perception, basic concepts (example: above, below, next to) and more! Once the puzzle is finished, the picture(s) you create provide another language-rich activity. We love the Traffic Jam Floor Puzzle and talking about all of the vehicles that are pictured. We use it to work on categorizations and associations by taking about each vehicle, who would drive it, what other things go with each vehicle, where you would find it and how they are used. There are so many activities that come out of doing just one puzzle together.
Although I have all sons, they’ve always loved to make bracelets and necklaces. Who says boys can’t enjoy jewelry also? It’s super easy to make jewelry with string and beads, but the letter beads make it extra special. The kit from Melissa & Doug comes with little wooden beads in many different shapes, all of the letters of the alphabet, and tons of string. How cute would a necklace be if it had a fish with the words “glub” on each side. My personal favorite would be “I Love You”, but a fish necklace would be super cute also.
After a morning of puzzles and crafting, the kids are bound to get hungry. My middle son always loved to color and draw. While we always had crayons, colored pencils, and markers, he LOVED using Kwik Stix and the jumbo drawing pad from Melissa & Doug to create all sorts of masterpieces. Honestly, I’m not sure who loves the Kwik Stix more, me or him, but the fact that he could create a project that looked like he painted it, and it was immediately dry, was amazing. Often, he would draw pictures of foods (mostly desserts) and create his own restaurant menu. Each page was dedicated to a food item, and sometimes, we would use his “menu” to decide what we would make for lunch. I don’t know about you, but lunch consisting of French fries, cupcakes, cookies, and milkshakes were just what we all needed on a rainy day!
Eventually, mom (or any grown-up) needs downtime of her own, so that’s when STAX comes in handy. The magnetic pieces can be put together an infinite amount of ways to build anything your child’s imagination can dream of. Maybe they will create a house? A garage to park their cars? A rocket ship? Anything!
Rainy days can be dreary, but they can also provide many opportunities for children to learn and grow while allowing you to join in on the fun. So look forward to the days when you can stay in pajamas all day and drink coffee or hot chocolate while doing some puzzles, creating some unique jewelry, creating masterpieces, and magnetic fun!