By Lacy Stroessner, Disney Baby
In just a matter of time, the rainy season will be here. Although thetemperature will be warmer, I'm sure we'll still feel a bit of cabinfever as thunderstorms leave us trapped inside. From my experiencethough, rainy weather is way better on little ones than snow. We canstill get outside to splash in the puddles (as long as there isn'tlightning) and it makes for a cozy, creative day indoors. As astay-at-home mom, rain sort of forces me to get creative. It makes mecome up with fun (and sometimes messy) ways to have fun with my littleones. Here are a few rainy day ideas for little ones under 2...
Play in the rain - Little ones LOVE sensoryactivities, and rain is a good one! Splash in puddles, collect rain injars, and make rain art! The more you can interact with the rain, themore those rainy days won't seem so bad. My girls love to put on theirrainboots and get wet outside. They also love learning about theweather. We have made homemade rain sticks, drawn pictures of the rain,made rainbow art, and more. Rain makes for a fun and educational sensoryactivity!
Get messy - If you can't go outside and play, it'stime to get messy inside. Rainy days are perfect for painting, makingslime, and doing other things that involve a bit of a mess. As a mom whoconstantly feels surrounded by a mess, I have to remind myself thatthrough messy play, they learn. And so if it takes me a few more minutesto clean up a project, that's okay.
Get creative - Rainy days are perfect for theimagination! My girls and I have had so much fun making forts, puttingon plays, playing dress up, , rocking out in our family band, and havingdance parties in our living room. Rainy days seem to lag on forever, soout-of-the-ordinary activities like these are great!
Cook or bake - Spending some time in the kitchen isanother fabulous way to spend a rainy morning or afternoon. Kiddos lovemaking (and eating!) cookies, muffins, and other fun treats. Both of mygirls started helping out in the kitchen from the time they were justtoddlers. Still to this day, they are more likely to eat something thatthey helped prepare!
When your first rainy day arrives, make sure to make the most of itinstead of letting it get you down. Some of my favorite memories with mygirlies happened on gloomy days when we were stuck inside.
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