As you can imagine, and have maybe even experienced yourself, three boys stuck inside a small house on a rainy day (PNW born and raised here!) with nowhere to go and no real space of their own can very, VERY quickly become a recipe for disaster.
Also I don’t know about your kids, but mine aren’t exactly the best at entertaining themselves. And sometimes, mommy just needs to get stuff done. Even (especially?) on rainy days. Amiright???
So, out of sheer necessity, I have picked up a few things along the way to keep the crazies (said endearingly) occupied while stuck inside a tiny house on a rainy day.
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1.Take all the cushions off the couch and jump on them
2. Take all the cushions off the couch and build a fort
3. Build a fort with blankets
4. Sort toys
5. Blow bubbles
6. Play with shaving cream in the bathtub
7. Take a bath – complete with bubbles, goggles, and swimming toys! (Maybe you can even clean the bathroom while you’re supervising? Multi-tasking at it’s finest!)
8. Have them help with cleaning
9. Help put away laundry
10. Do a DVD workout together
11. Watch YouTube videos
12. Read books
13. Make an indoor obstacle course – cushions, pillows, and these tiny cones work great for this!
14. Bake cookies
15. Watch a movie
16. Color – These “coloring” books are awesome, mess-free, and something different that your standards crayons!
17. Do a craft
18. Play a board game
19. Build something with Legos
20. Play Follow the Leader
21. Have them help cook or prep snacks, lunch, or dinner
22. Play with sticker books (my kids LOVE these! It’s one of the few things that can entertain them for an hour at a time!)
23. Have a dance party (a personal favorite!)
24. Dust ( I don’t know why, but my kids LOVE dusting. Plus it’s a win-win for me!)
25. Blow up balloons to kick around the house.
I’m sure I could come up with WAY more ideas, but hopefully this will help get those wheels turning!
(If you need some ideas for things to do with your kids outside, be sure to read 25 Things to do With your Kids in your Tiny Yard)
You don’t have to have a huge house or huge backyard (like I used to think!) to occupy and entertain the kiddos. All you need is a couple of ideas and a little (okay, a lot) patience!
You’d be surprised how much fun the whole family can have doing some of these simple ideas.
Until the next rainy day!
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