With it being the rainy season right now, it is almost impossible to go out. Staying at home for 24 hours for 7 days a week is a tedious process for parents who have younglings in the house. Kids get fussy from time to time, especially when locked inside the confinements of your house during the rainy season. Here are some fun activities you can do with your toddler while the rainy days take over the summer. These are fun for parents too!
1. Canvas Swap with your Kids:
For this activity, you need the same amount of canvases/paper as the amount of people participating. Each person has their own canvas/paper and they have to draw/paint anything of their choice for exactly one minute using a timer. Then, everyone rotates their canvas/paper in the clockwise direction and continues the art work without knowing what the previous person was intending to draw. Continue this for a few rounds and watch the weirdest art come to life! The fun part is knowing that more than one person contributed on each canvas.
2. Make a blanket fort:
This is a super fun activity for kids as this provides something new for them. To make a blanket fort, all you need is blankets, rugs, sheets and pillows. Lots of them. Drape blankets over some chairs or any high pieces of furniture you have and place the other rugs and sheets on the floor with pillows on the side to hold our fort up. Now you and your children have a cozy safe space to do anything in! You can play board games, colour, or watch a movie. Watching a movie inside a fort while it is raining outside is a feeling your kids will never forget.
Kids are always interested in adult life and for some reason, love the idea of cooking! Asking them to help you bake a cake for the whole family is a great way to bond with them. Find out what is going on in the tiny little brain of theirs. Baking is a safer option because most of the process does not include heat and knives. The smell of warm cookies on a cold rainy day will definitely comfort you and your children.
4. Scavenger Hunt:
This is more time consuming but worth it. Plan a scavenger hunt for your kids and at each step, let them find a small present or a snack. Even a small piece of chocolate will suffice. This will keep your kids on their toes and build curiosity in them. Also, it’s always good to face a mental challenge once in a while. If you need help with thinking of clues, visit this website: https://www.thespruce.com/indoor-treasure-hunt-for-children-1695332
5. Sensory Bins:
This one is my personal favourite. Fill up a basket or a tub with rice/or any other material like rice. Next, put small toys inside the rice and submerge them entirely. Hand the tub to your child and ask them to find all the small toys. Make sure you keep count so you know when the game finishes. A sensory bin is very good for kids as it keeps them engaged and focused. It also aids in heightening their senses. You can also turn this into a competition if you have more than one child. It’s fun to watch your kids do an activity like this!
Since we cannot take our kids out, it is important to still encourage growth, focus and curiosity within your child. There are easy ways to do this despite the fact that playing outside is impossible. Plopping your kids in front of the TV or sacrificing your phone to them for a while might work out in the short run. But there’s only so much it can do. Eventually kids do get restless so be sure to try some of these activities!