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Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers

Rainy days can present quite a challenge for parents and caregivers of preschoolers. If you have a small room or home, it can be even more of a challenge. If you need some ideas for activities for your preschooler(s), read on. You can make a rainy day into a fun day!

Dancing with Ribbons and Scarves

This is just as fun with a group of preschoolers as with one. Pieces of cloth, ribbon, scarves, and so forth can be used to make a fun, swirling dance. Groups can weave in and out of a circle of other kids and adults; a single preschooler and caregiver can enjoy dancing together around the room.

Choose interesting music for your dancing. Change the music from slow to fast and dance in a way that expresses the feelings conveyed in the music. This is not only a fun exercise; it's educational!

Make Musical Instruments

All kinds of common household objects can be made into instruments. Here are some ideas.

  • Cylindrical containers with plastic lids (such as those that hold oatmeal, cocoa, coffee, etc.) can be used as drums. Decorate them if you like.
  • Cardboard tube rhythm instruments can be made by putting some dried beans inside the tube, then sealing the ends with wax paper secured with rubber bands.
  • Shakers can be made by putting dried beans into empty bottles and capping them.
  • Rubber bands can be stretched over and around various hollow containers and boxes to make "guitars." Tissue boxes, plastic food containers, and so forth can all be used.
  • Fill a series of drinking glasses with varying amounts of water and tap them to make various musical notes.

Make a House or Indoor Fort

It’s amazing how much fun a handful of blankets, sheets and pillows can be once transformed into cozy and imagination-inspiring hideout for kids! Throw a blanket over a table or some chairs and then encourage your young campers to bring in flashlights, toys and books for some quality pretend time.

What are your favorite rainy day activities?

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