I don’t know about you, but we’re only now coming off a very cold and wet spell of weather. Some of our local creeks and rivers are flooding and some roads are closed. We’re in a beautiful week right now though! During those cold, wet days we had to be a little creative to give everyone the opportunity to ‘burn off some energy.’
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Something about cold rainy days makes me want to snuggle on the couch with a good book and a mug of hot cocoa. That same weather seems to have the opposite effect on my young boys, they tend to get really energetic and seem to be bouncing off the walls inside the house before 9 am on a cold rainy day.
I have found that keeping them engaged in other activities helps all of us have a better day. Whether we break out the board games, do a little exercise, or spend time playing ‘farm’. The more engaged they are, the less pent up energy and destruction we see through the day.
Toddler/ Preschool Indoor Activities:
Bilibo Seat (We were blessed with the opportunity to try this out after a family member got them for Christmas. I love that it is light weight and easy to move around, but encourages active and creative play.)
Farm Toys (In our home, farm toys have stood the test of time. Each one of my children has spent hours playing with various farm toys. They set them up, move them around, make up stories to go along with them and more. This set is great for the preschool age group. )
Elementary Indoor Activities:
Fit2B Kids Workouts ( I love my Fit2B membership for my own workouts but on those cold rainy days when you can’t get out, it is a great solution for getting young kids to move in a productive manner. The workouts of fun and silly but get the wiggles out and help them learn healthy habits.)
Legos (Legos are another choice that have stood the test of time in our home. They allow for so much creativity while also working on fine motor skills and following directions. We enjoy kits for building specific things as well as mixed boxes that give them the opportunity to create their own projects.)
Brain Blox Wooden Planks (A house, a barn, a dock, a castle, a race track… these planks can become so many different things. They are a great way to get a child engaged. )
Dutch Blitz (This card game is so much fun and it is fast pace and gets you moving just a bit. It is great for any age, once they know their numbers. Even my teens enjoy a good game of Dutch Blitz.)
Teen Indoor Activities:
Trivial Pursuit (One of the best things about playing board games with teens is that they can handle games that are challenging and engaging even to the adults around them. There are various versions of trivial pursuit and you can choose one that fits the interests of your family.)
Ticket to Ride (This game is lots of fun for all ages and I enjoy playing it with our teens. My elementary age son can even join in the fun.)
National Parks Trivia (My son got this for Christmas and it has been a big hit! We love going to parks so he had some knowledge to get started with this game, but we are all learning more each time we play.)
I hope you are able to use some of these ideas in your home on those days when you can’t get outside. You can also check out this post for more rainy day fun. Don’t forget to check out all of the other indoor game ideas over at the Review Crew Blog.
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