Pinterest is good for so many things – recipes, outfits, home decor, and arts and crafts. I am not a crafty mom and the thought of spending hundreds of dollars on art supplies and making a mess of my already condemnable house makes me kind of shudder, but looking at all of these Pinterest ideas makes me feel like the worst mom ever. I am never going to do these things, which surely means I’m robbing my children of a fun childhood. I actually pinned something called “100 activities for a rainy day with toddlers” like I was going to go out and buy a magnetized fishing pole so they could ‘fish’ in the bath. Then, I pictured this activity in my head. It ends in screaming over who splashed who, saving plastic fishies from the toilet, and a lot of cleanup of my bathroom.
So, here are my realistic ‘rainy day activities for kids’
1. Play doctor
Sofia has a Doc McStuffins doctor kit and loves to pretend she’s a doctor fixing her stuffed animals. If I lay down on the floor and pretend to be her patient, I’m guaranteed a solid half hour of doing absolutely nothing.
2. Knock down mommy
I make a pile out of pillows, sit in front of it, and tell the kids to go in the other room and run at me to knock me down. They can do this for hours, and bonus – it completely wears them out.
3. Make a rocket ship
We get pretty regular shipments of diapers and other home staples from either diapers.com or amazon.com – so we’re in no short supply of large boxes. Today I sat both of them in the box with an assortment of crayons, stickers and markers and told them to make a rocket ship. They have been coloring all afternoon.
4. On your marks…
Just saying ‘On your marks, get set, go!’ to my 2 year old gets him running around the house as fast as he can. I don’t know why. He’ll do it 30 times before it gets old.
5. Hide and seek
You don’t have to find them. You just have to say ‘wow what a great hiding spot! I can’t believe I can’t find you!’ in a loud voice every few minutes.
Again, lay on the floor, give the kids some cars and tell them you’re the road and the cars have to drive around you. They found this hilarious today.
If you have any other realistic activities that don’t take a trip to Michaels or hours of cleanup, please pass them along. And pray for sunshine!