It’s been one dreary day today and my kids have been rather grumpy with the weather. Grumpy kids make for a grumpy mom, so before we all turned into grump-monsters, I decided to put some fun into action. This morning I asked on the Mommy Octopus facebook page about your favorite dreary day activities. Here are some of those ideas:
- We build forts, have a movie showing at some point. NAP(my fav) and if no thunder or anything I let them go out and just PLAY ~ Jennifer
- Fingerpaint, baking cupcakes,dancing in the living room! ~ Rene
- We will crawl back in bed and watch movies and Ill make us a big snack tray to munch on all day. Sometimes we will throw in some board games. ~ Haley
- Crank the movie up loud and have the dance as silly as they can ~ Casey
I decided to let the kiddos have a craft day. We pulled out our Giant Art Jar. I bought it off Amazon a while ago and whenever Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon, we add some new goodies to the jar. Something about bringing out a big mess of misc supplies makes the kids turn on their creativity buttons.
The big kids had a blast, but I ran into a problem with the little ones wanting to join in as well. My 2 year old wanted to paint. She always loves to paint but I didn’t feel like the giant mess that she normally makes. I remembered something that I had done with my other kids when they wanted to pain and we didn’t have any paints on hand.
The cure? Water paint! Simply get a piece of colored construction paper and give them a brush and a cup of water. Little mess and they get the thrill of painting! When you paint with water on construction paper, the wet areas turn darker, giving the illusion of painting.
She’s happy, I’m happy, we’re all happy. Makes a rainy day not quite so bad! What are your favorite things to do in the rain?