It looks like this outside my house right now.
Its time to bring out the creative games where my kids can eliminate their energy, so that they will nap and then I can enjoy a cup of hot tea on a rainy day.(Disclaimer: these games are not a guaruntee your kids will nap, but its worth a try:)
Here are three household items that can be turned into rainy day fun!
Ironing Board Fun (sorry for those of you who were anticipating how I would show your kids how to iron)
An Ironing board can be turned into different uses.
-A slide: Simply prop your ironing board up against a couch and let your kids slide.(note: children should be supervised at all times during this activity.
-A Race Car ramp :Simply prop on an angle, pull out the race cars and let your kids race.
-A Roof for an indoor Tent: Simply place the ironing board an an elevated even surface, such as two chairs and then place a sheet over top of the chairs and ironing board.(sorry no photo, I was too lazy to set up a tent for my kids. )
Muffin Tin Toss
Items you need:
-Muffin tin of any size or kind
-String, ribbon or masking tape (if you don’t have these items, just use an item that kids can stand behind.)
-Paper or White labels
Simply assign points to each row of the muffin tin. Place the muffin tin on the floor. Place ribbon or string on the floor a few feet away from the tin. Have the children stand behind the ribbon/string or tape. Give the first child a coin. Toss.
Rules: Each child gets two tosses, then the coin is passed to the next child. The first child to 10 or 100 you decide, wins.
Dry Erase Markers and Windows
(Disclaimer: before allowing children to fully draw on your windows, do a test area first and make sure the marker comes off. Also beware of future marker use that kids may mistake a sharpie marker for dry erase, speaking from experience)
-Dry Erase markers
-Windows, a mirror or glass surface
Find a window, mirror or glass surface. Give your children dry erase markers and let their imagination run wild.(if its a window where a parent or loved one will see when coming home have your kids write love notes, or draw a picture for their loved ones.
I hope this brings some Thriftliving fun into your home!