Sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas to keep little investigators busy while we stay safe inside. Here are a few fun activities to keep busy on rainy days, or anytime you need to keep children busy.
DIY Pompom Shooter
Cut the bottom part of a plastic cup. Cut the bottom part of a balloon. Insert the open part of the balloon to the mouth of the plastic cup. Tie the balloon end. Put a piece of pompom in the opening of the shooter. Pull the balloon end as far as you can and release it when you are ready to shoot. Have Fun!
DIY Yoga Mat Hopscotch Create an indoor or outdoor hopscotch mat from a yoga mat and duct tape. Get the kids moving even when inside all day.
DIY Bean Bag/Ball Toss Game Using homemade bean bags, this simple toss game is a great way to practice math, eye hand coordination and get moving when stuck indoors.
Make a Rain Stick
Take a cardboard tube (paper towel roll). Cover one end with foil and tape it shut. Fill the tube with rice, beans and popcorn kernels. Cover the open end with foil and tape it shut. Then decorate with stickers.
Put music on then pause it during the song then everyone freezes. If you are playing with multiple children, you can play that if someone moves during the freeze time, they sit out. Keep playing until there is a winner.
Measure the rain with a rain gauge. Just leave a sturdy cup outside and check on how much rain goes in it throughout the day. You can have the kids stick a ruler in the cup for an accurate measurement and record the measurements.
Play in Puddles!
Put on rain boots and make a splash outside.
Please remember to wash your hands and visit the CDC website to learn how to protect yourself.
Restrict all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end of life situation.
Cancel all group activities and communal activities.
Implement active screening of residents and caregivers for fever and respiratory symptoms.