10 fun rainy day activities that'll have the whole family beaming
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The bathroom is the easiest room to clean in the house, so take full advantage of it when your kids are stuck inside. Let them loose with some shaving cream, sponges and bath time crayons for a day of water play. Then wash it all down the drain.
Kids never tire of a treasure hunt. Have your little ones dress up as pirates to really get into the game. Hide toys or treats around the house and set them free to search. If you really want to take it to the next level, draw a map of where each treasure is hidden.
Good old-fashioned board games are called classics for a reason. If your children are still toddlers, consider setting up simple, educational games like Hi Ho Cherry-O or CandyLand. Older kids can practice spelling with Scrabble, Boggle or Bananagrams.
We're not normally fans of using a small screen as a babysitter, but sometimes, we bend our own rules to keep our children happy when they don't feel well. Keep your sick kiddo content with our list of the top 12 apps for kids.
Let your little one pick the film, then put on your PJs, whip up some popcorn, and and settle in for a fun evening at home. Not sure what to play? Here are ten of our favorite family-friendly flicks, all available to stream instantly on Netflix.
We've got an even better idea — bring family movie night to life and create timeless memories by filming your own short. Have your kids perform their favorite song, Marx brothers-esque gags or dream up their own plot. Don't have a digital camera? Get ahold of one of these trusty models before the rain starts.
While you've got the camera out, stage a fashion show. Have each family member draw the name of another from a hat. Then, either have each family member dress up as the person they've chosen or become said person's stylist for the runway — whichever you prefer.
If all else fails, break out the cookie cutters and confectionary sugar. Kids will be captivated by the prospect of the treats ahead, and really, what better time to crank up the oven than a dreary, damp day? Opt for a recipe that requires decorating and you'll kill even more time. Need some inspiration? Check out these cookie and cupcake recipes.