Here in Southern California, official headquarters of Breezy Mama, it has rained (almost) nonstop for two days. Now, for those of you who live elsewhere, please do not laugh. For us So Cal people, TWO DAYS of rain is a mighty long time. We’re just not used to it. And the worst thing? It’s supposed to continue for at least three more days. Did I mention it never rains here? As a result, we’ve been forced to batten down the hatches and stay inside and . . . amuse the children. I’m finding that this may not be the easiest thing to do, especially with a certain four-year-old who has an attention span of about ten minutes. In case you’re experiencing the same–whether you, too, are in Southern California, or if you’re stuck in snow, these ideas will be useful for you as well. And, don’t forget to include your own indoor activities down in the comments section. –Alex
10. Laundry Basket Rides
Otherwise known as train rides, this will provide endless entertainment for the kids, while giving you plenty of exercise opportunity. I’ve also found that the dog likes to run beside us, giving her exercise as well, so you’re really killing three birds with one stone. Put them in the basket, then run up and down the hallway as fast as you can. Simple, but priceless.
9. Play Zoo
If your house is like mine, you have a plethora of stuffed animals, the majority of which sit in some bin collecting dust. Now’s the time to break them out. Have your child set them in groups according to where they’re from (i.e. Australia) or what category they’re in (i.e. Farm). Then, you can grab people–be it Lego men, Little People, etc, and they can be the visitors and zoo keepers. Oh, are the animals hungry? Then go and get the food from the play kitchen and feed them. You get the idea.
8. Make a Collage
Perfect for the preschooler who is learning to cut. Hand them a stack of magazines or newspapers and have them go at it. Take the pile of what they cut, and then have them glue it on a big piece of paper. You can get fancy and decorate it with stickers. Voila! New art piece for your home.
7. Grab some Cling-Ons
Order up some of these to have on hand for the next day of indoor fun. The ones you see here are great because little hands can peel them and mount the clings by themselves. Click here to see Amazon’s huge selection.
6. Let them Watch Television
But make it comfy (which means extra special). Grab all the pillows and comforters from the bed and transform your living room into a haven of relaxation. We did this and even the baby sat still to watch some videos. If you have older ones, pop some popcorn to give it a theater vibe. Here are a few Breezy Mama video favorites.
5. Did Someone Say Dance Party?
Nothing beats the stir-crazies like a good old fashioned dance party. Turn it loud and get down! Pssst. . .this is also a great way to fit in some exercise for yourself. Need some fresh music ideas? Look through past Breezy Mama playlists and CD reviews.
4. Do Some Baking
Ahhhhh, fresh muffins at snack time, what could be better? Maybe pre-cut sugar cookie dough that the mini-me’s can decorate? Having your kids help will make them feel extra proud as they gobble them down. If you have older children, have a tea party and bust out the treats then.
3. Have a Bath
Who says baths are for the end of the day? Throw in lots of bubbles and toys and let them splash and play until the water turns cold.
2. Create with Sticky Notes
I just saw this in a magazine, and for the life of me can’t remember where, but it’s so cute. Grab a boatload of sticky notes and create a design on the wall. If you have kids that know better (i.e. to NOT write on walls normally) they can color in the notes. The picture I saw was of a house–you could make flowers, rocket ship, tree, etc. Click here to order from Amazon–a jumbo pad for $2.94.
1. Go Outside
And, if the weather lets up just a bit, don’t be afraid to go outside. Bundle them up, put on the rain boots, and see who can find the most worms. Once you get back inside, refer to Number 3.
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