- Fill a sink or rubbermaid container full of water and bubbles and use items from your kitchen like a sieve, slotted spoon, measuring spoons, cups, funnels and other things to make it interesting or use the same idea as a toy bath.
- Bottles and Lids - Collect bottles and lids of varying sizes. Your toddler can have fun matching lids to bottles, putting the lids on, taking the lids off, and starting all over again.
- Fill a spray bottle with a water and vinegar mixture and your toddler can help clean the house.
- Shaving Cream Fun: Fill a large ziploc bag with shaving cream foam. Add a few drops of food colouring. Seal. Let child mix & manipulate. At bath time, clip off the corner of the bag and they can have fun squirting in in the tub
- Using old greeting cards make puzzles: cut out a square in each picture. Your child can try to figure out which square fits with which greeting card or cut them into several squares for older children to make it a bit harder.
- Lava bottles: fill 1/2 water and food coloring, and 1/2 baby oil. It produces a lava lamp effect when tilted.
- Snow globes: fill half with water and half with corn syrup. Add glitter, beads etc. The corn syrup makes the glitter fall slowly for dazzling effects.
- Discovery bottles: fill with rice and small objects like dice, small toys etc. As you roll the bottle, different objects will come to the surface to be discovered.
- Flashlights in a dark room - who doesn't love a flashlight!
- Make an indoor sand box using Rice (uncooked of course and only for kids who are old enough not to put everything in their mouths...)
- Sort laundry or toys into same colours, categories, matching socks, etc.
- Build a fort - couch cushions, blankets, chairs, etc.
- "Paint" with water - Not sure if this one is great or kind of weird... using contruction paper your child 'paints' with a paint brush dipped in water. So I guess the water makes dark marks on the coloured paper and paint doesn't get all over the house, but when it dries you won't have a painting for the fridge collection and I am not sure what this teaches your kid about art! :)
Friday, January 8, 2010
Free: Rainy Day activities
Here is a list of some rainy day activities that I collected: