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?