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5 Rainy Day Activities for Kids to Keep Them Happy (and Busy)


By Danielle Smith, Pretty Extraordinary

As a mom, there are few phrases I dislike more than, "Mom....I'm bored!"

I have worked hard to encourage imagination in my small people, as well as teach them to problem solve when necessary. Let's be honest: I consider 'boredom' to be both a personal problem and one my kiddos are capable of solving on their own - at least most of the time. With Spring preparing to settle in, I know there will be more than a few rainy days that keep my people stuck inside.
That means setting them up for success ahead of time - with easy and fun suggestions for what they can do when they start to feel the wiggles of boredom settling in.

board games

Break out the Board Games: This is an easy option. In our home, Monopoly is a favorite, but your kids might like traditional card games, or even using their imagination for something as simple (and hilarious!) as charades.

playing basketball

Get the Pent-Up Energy Out:  If, unlike me, you have a rule against balls being thrown in your home, getting energy out may mean suggesting they play hide and seek, do jumping jacks or opt for some kid yoga. In my house (much to my constant dismay) balls - and yes, basketball hoops - are standard fare and a definite option for play.

baking cookies on a rainy day

Tap into their Inner Chef: I've found that giving my kids freedom in the kitchen has motivated them to want to experiment even more. With a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe, they work together and feel a proud ownership for the delicious finished product.


Sometimes rainy days are sick days, too. Children's TYLENOL® PAIN & FEVER has been a staple in our home since my kids were small. I suspect that is not only because I've seen it work time and time again to reduce their fevers and provide relief from minor aches and pains, but also because it’s the brand most recommended by pediatricians.

rainy day indoor activities

Encourage Creativity: For the quiet days, allowing my kids to express their creativity with something as simple as coloring always tends to put a smile on their faces.

Reading on a rainy day

Stack up The Good Stuff: I'm happy to say I'm raising readers, so it isn't uncommon for them to have a book in hand, but on those sick or rainy days, setting up a stack of their favorites always seems to make the day go by painlessly.
What are your favorite activities for your kids when they are stuck inside? I'd love to know.

Make sure you always use any products as directed: Cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children under the age of 4 years. As with any medication, always read and follow the product label, and be sure to consult your child’s doctor.

Danielle Smith is a paid spokesperson for the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Program.


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