This summer has been off to a rainy start. As these rainy days drag on you may be wondering what to do on a rainy day to entertain your kids.
Our team here at Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration came up with a list of things to help “restore” some fun because we understand what really makes a home so special is the memories that we create inside.
- A good movie. Never underestimate the power of a good movie to lift your mood. Go with the theme of the movie. IE; If you chose to watch the movie Frozen, enjoy some frozen treats while watching the movie. Did somebody say ice cream?!
- A good book. Escape within the pages of a good book. Kids love to be read to!
- Paint at home or go enjoy a paint event at a local shop.
- Indoor treasure hunt! Make a map and include clues throughout the house for them to find. It keeps them happy and wears them out looking for clues. The dollar store is an inexpensive way to provide some treasures for them to find.
- Make a family recipe together. Why wait for a holiday to make special cookies? Make some delicious cookies and then share them with a neighbor to brighten their day too!
- Create a collage. Grab a bunch of magazines and have the kids cut out pictures of their favorite things and glue them to make a poster. Kids love projects that include glue!
- Make a fort! Maker the biggest and best fort anyone has ever seen and then host a picnic inside. This would also be an awesome place to read that book with a flashlight!
- Have an indoor snowball fight! Crumple up pieces of white paper and it’s on. Using a bucket or old coffee can have the kids practice their throwing skills.
- Host a tea party. Where else are you going to wear those fancy clothes? You can even throw a very merry un-Birthday party as they do in Alice in Wonderland.
- Family Game Day. This would be a good time to teach your kids games they have never played before. Poker may seem like an unlikely choice, but poker games including betting using change, help to teach those money values and strategies. (or you could always stick with a classic like Monopoly)
- Spa Day. Have the kids help mix up a face mask in the kitchen and see them laugh as you all paste your faces with it! This could also be a great time to make some homemade slime.
- Make a hopscotch with painter’s tape on your floor. foursquare is another one that you can do if you have a softball and enough space to prevent disasters.
- 5 oz white glue
- ½ cup water
- Food coloring (optional)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp saline solution
- 1 container
- In a small bowl, pour out 5 oz of white glue.
- Add ½ cup of water and stir until the glue and water are fully mixed together.
- If you would like to color your slime, add a few drops of food coloring.
- Add ½ tsp baking soda and stir. This will help determine your slime’s thickness.
- Add 1 tbsp of saline solution. Stir quickly. The slime will begin to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl. The saline solution will determine your slime’s stickiness.
- Once the slime has pulled away from the sides of the bowl, knead it for a few minutes.
- Store in an airtight container.
My daughter loved this one so much and laughed every time we did this.
Write down 5 ingredients each on their own slip of paper. You will need five yummy ingredients and 5 yucky ingredients. IE: Yummy: strawberries Yucky: Mayo
After writing out 10 slips total (5 yummy and 5 yucky) Fold each slip closed so that you cannot see what they say and place it in a bowl to draw from. Each person draws five ingredients and has to make a smoothie with those ingredients. (I have tasted a smoothie of pepperoni, mayo, strawberries, orange juice, and blueberries.) Kids LOVE this challenge because it is a mix of making “potions” and watching your face as you cringe to drink this. Lots of laughs!
The challenge is… will you actually drink your smoothie?