Busy Moms’ Guide to Rainy Day Activities

15 Rainy Day Activities For Busy Moms

Okay, so the sun finally showed itself again. Maybe I’m a little behind on my oh-so-helpful list of things to do but I am that busy mom who kinda likes to wing it. My kids are 2 and almost 4 so there’s only so many things I can do with these two and their short attention spans unless it’s a physical activity or includes watching their favorite pirates and princesses. While I’d rather be spending my time scrolling through the feed on VarageSale, the kiddos aren’t as excited when I score an adorable Polo dress for $1. So I started playing around on Pinterest, check out my friends’ Facebook feed, and searching trusty old Google to find some really fun things to do with kids when it’s storming with no end in sight.

1. Make paper airplanes

Step it up a notch and make a poster with holes to teach the kids how to aim the planes through the holes.

2. Bake cookies

Don’t let that roll of slice-and-bake expire! Decorate them if you have the supplies on hand. If not, just enjoy eating some boring old cookies!

3. Lay in the living room and watch your Disney movie collection

Sleeping bags, blankets, whatever you need to be comfy on the floor!

4. Art time!

Make the grandmas some artwork for their fridge! Grab paper, markers, crayons, and stickers to create masterpieces made with love!

5. Are your windows fogging up from the humidity?

Draw on them!

6. Send drawings or letters to family or friends

Grab some paper, crayons, markers, stickers, etc and send smiles across the miles.

7. Have a 2×4 lying around?

Make it a balance beam!

8. Need to pick up blocks or balls scattered around the house?

Grab a basket and see how many you can get in the basket before you miss it!

9. Have a large box waiting for trash day?

Put your kid inside with some crayons and the mess stays inside!

10. Go on an alphabet treasure hunt!

Start with A and find things in the house that start with the letters of the alphabet.

11. Put on their swimsuits and “swim” in the tub!

Let them eat suckers without worrying about the sticky hands and faces, blow bubbles, play with washable paint… it’ll all go down the drain when you’re done.

12. Turn up the volume and have a dance party!

I’d bet the kids would love jamming to NKOTB, BSB, and TLC… and if not, you will!

13. Balloons can be endless fun

Tap them to keep them from hitting the ground, make paddles out of popsicle sticks and paper plates for balloon ping pong, draw faces on them and do a balloon puppet show… pop them and they’re gone!

14. Building block towers seem to be all the rage at my house

The kids try to build the tallest towers and love building together.

15. Trace objects on paper

You’ll be amazed at how different things look when you only see the outline. Then have fun coloring them in.

What are your kids’ favorite rainy day activities?

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