Being stuck inside can drive anyone crazy. But it will definitely drive your energetic young kids bonkers. Children have so much energy and just want to play, all the time. Here are 10 surefire ways to keep those rugrats entertained on a rainy day.
1. Create anything out of a cardboard box
The beauty of a cardboard box is that it can be transformed into just about anything. Before you toss the big ol’ box in the recycling bin, think again and set it aside to play in on a rainy day.
2. Build a fort
This is a "stuck inside" staple. Get creative this time around and add those holiday lights that are stashed in the back of the closet.
3. Play dress-up
Whether you are having a fancy princess fairy tea party or playing cops and robbers, dressing up can easily transform your child into a fun character.
4. Plan a make believe trip to a foreign county
Can’t afford to travel abroad with your kids or don’t have the time? No problem. Transform your living room into the Sahara Desert and teach you kids what a mirage is. Or pile up the pillows sky high and pretend you are gazing at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
5. Clean and organize their room
School is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to get organized. While you’re stuck inside, get a head start on organizing before the school year begins. If your kids are young, motivate them with a clean-up song. If they’re older, don’t feel bad about a little bribe - of course they should have pizza for dinner if they did a good job cleaning their rooms!
6. Bake something together
It’s science! Show your kids the importance of measuring the ingredients and mixing them together in a particular order. This science experiment’s results will be yummy.
7. Play a video game together
Download a two-player app or play something on a game console. This could even be a special time to bond with your child. What better way than enjoying the things they enjoy.
8. Play a board game or build a puzzle
Board games don’t have to be a thing of the past. Dust off Candy Land or the Game of Life and gather your kids for some fun!
9. Read a book
Reading isn’t just for bedtime. Curl up with your wee ones and grab some of their favorite books. Let Skippyjon Jones take you to a foreign land where he saves the day.
10. Visit a museum
One of the many wonderful things about Milwaukee is the many museums we have at our fingertips. There’s the: Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, the Harley Davidson Museum, just to name a few.
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