It’s quite wet up here at the moment, so I am inspired to share this list I compiled with you. Enjoy.
50 Rainy Day Activities for Under 2s
1. Read a story together
2. Read a story alone
3. Do a drawing
4. Finger painting
6. Help mum make something in the kitchen – stirring, adding pre-measured ingredients, licking spoons are all good jobs for tots.
7. Have an indoor picnic
8. Dress ups
9. Dance to music – children’s music for actions, but any music will do as long as it’s something you’re happy playing for your children
10. Play with toys together
11. Roll a ball to and from each other – sit with your legs apart and roll your ball to your toddler, encourage her to do the same.
12. Make a cubby house from a sheet and dining room table/chairs
13. Water play in the bath or shower.
14. Snuggle on the lounge and watch a movie together – Dumbo comes in at around an hour and is the perfect length for little ones.
15. Make a rain inspired craft for your seasonal table.
16. If the rain subsides, but on gumboots and raincoats and splash in the puddles.
17. Let one of her stuffed toys be the ‘baby’ and encourage nappy changes, feeds and cuddling.
18. Make a pots and pans drum kit.
19. Sing nursery rhymes together.
20. Call grandma and let your toddler have a natter on the phone.
21. Peek a boo.
22. Look through photo albums together.
23. Invite a friend over for a playdate and let them entertain each other.
24. Make hand prints.
25. Thread beads on a long string.
26. Let baby tangle and untangle some unwanted yarn.
Turn a cardboard box into a
28. Dolls bed
32. Multiple boxes make a train
35. Give baby a massage, or a toddler can massage you.
36. Babywear or toddlerwear. My toddler can fit quite comfortably in our ergo and I can wear her to do jobs like vacuuming, mopping, cooking, and she loves the closeness.
37. Hide and seek.
38. Verandah or indoor gardening – wet days are the perfect opportunity to care for indoor plants and pots on verandahs, sowing, re-potting, harvesting, picking herbs, watering and pruning, and your little farmer would be more then eager to help with a little gentle guidance.
39. A quick trip to the shop for a change of scenery, especially if it has been raining for many days.
40. Indoor play centre to burn off some pent up energy.
41. Day trip to somewhere undercover like a child friendly muesum, we like going to the aquarium.
42. Mums and babies session at the movies.
43. Yoga, even if baby just watches.
44. Rest and relaxing.
45. Block building
47. Obstacle course with objects to climb over, under, crawl through or move around.
48. ‘Help’ with household chores like folding washing (give baby a small pile of his own) or sweeping (give baby the broom from the dustpan)
49. Pasta necklaces
50. Simply find a quiet spot and watch the rain together pointing out if it’s trickling, spitting, pouring, thundering, storming, clearing.