It's pouring outside, and the kids are restless. What's a parent to do?
I’ve found a few indoor activities that work well for my kids on those summer rainy days. Some were popular enough with the kids that they begged to do them again on sunny days!
Here are some of the our old-fashioned favorites:
• Imagination: My kids have vivid imaginations, so every once in a while we have a "Pretend Day." They'll make a fort out of bedsheets and the kitchen table and pretend they're in a castle, or I'll give them a big cardboard box with a hole cut out of the front and they'll pretend they are starring in their own TV show.
• Baking: With plenty of supervision, this can make for some tasty fun. When we make cookies my daughter mixes up the ingredients with a wooden spoon, and my son uses cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the dough. All of us frost and decorate the cookies together. Healthy alternatives include bran muffins or whole-wheat waffles.
• Board games: This isn't exactly an original option, but it's a timeless one. Get the family together and play classic board games, like dominoes or checkers. A way to step things up is to encourage the kids to make their own board game. It can be as simple as decorating a deck of cards (as my youngest did), or it can be more complex, like creating a set of Bingo boards.