Indoor Fun – Rainy Day Activity Bag

I’ll be the first to admit it – I LOVE Pinterest.  I’ll tell my husband I have an idea to make something, and the first words out of his mouth are “Let me guess – Pinterest.”  Like many moms who use Pinterest, I have been collecting a lot – alright a whole lot – of ideas of games/activities/art projects/etc. to do with my kids.  It is time to start doing some of these activities instead of just looking at them over and over again on my boards.  So here I go.

I thought I would start with a Rainy Day Activity Bag: a resource of ready-to-go activities for days that we are stuck inside because of inclement weather. In looking back through my mountain of pins, I picked some ideas that I have wanted to try with the kids for some time and others that I recently pinned.   I have included the original link and then how I tweaked each activity while I was preparing my bag.  For the bag I used one of those reusable shopping bags (this one I got at the local dollar store).  For the activities, I organized them in plastic storage bags – gallon and jumbo (I also picked these up at the dollar store).  I had so much fun getting this bag together.  Hope it inspires you to start putting some pins into action as well!

Have a Great Day!

Lisa

 

Rainy Day Kit

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Pinned From Sun Hats And Wellie Boots

This looks like so much fun!  You set up an actual bear hunt for your children to go on throughout the house.   The blog gives ideas for things to use to make the story really come to life.  I made a Bear Prints Template to make printing the paw prints easier.  Once I gathered all of my materials, I put them in a bag and then right into my box.  Most of the items I purchased at the local dollar store:  2 child’s green grass skirts to hang from a door frame for the grass, a blue table cloth for the river, a brown laundry bag for the mud, 2 blow up palm trees and 2 kid’s lanterns for the forest, a white table cloth and cotton balls for the snowstorm, and plans to decorate Faith’s crib as the “cave” with the bear.  Both kids love to play in her crib at times, so it seemed like the perfect place for the bear. My second idea for the cave would be covering our card table with a blanket and putting it in Hank’s room.  I also got each child a set of play binoculars to help search for the bear.

 

Hopping Corn Science Pinned From One Time Through

This looks so cool every time I see it.  I can’t wait to see how the kids react to this experiment.  Since everything I need is in the kitchen already, all I needed was to make a Hopping Corn Activity Sheet to put in my bag for easy access to the instructions.

 

Giant Game Board Pinned From Toddler Approved

Since the kids both love games, I know they will love a game that you play throughout the house.  I used this blog as an inspiration to make my own game called, “Escape_the_Rain_Game,” to go along with a rainy day theme.  I printed everything on cardstock and then put it in the activity bag. The original templates that are included in the blog are great to use by themselves as well – one has activities printed on the tiles and there is one without.

 

Flying School Pinned From Sewing Mama Raeanna

I love the idea of the Flying School to practice throwing.  I designed a Flight School Template to use with file folders, but used the link in the blog for the Disney Plane patterns.

 

Clean Mud Pinned From Growing a Jeweled Rose

My kids love sand and other sensory experiences.  Since this is for a rainy day kit, I thought the clean mud would be appropriate.  As with the hopping corn activity, everything I need is in the kitchen already.  I just added a Clean Mud Activity Sheet to put in my bag for easy access to the instructions.

 

Scavenger Hunt Pinned From KMC Kay Designs

This scavenger hunt is a quick and easy addition to the rainy day bag.  A downloadable pdf provided has everything to print and put into a recycled Altoid tin.  You can decorate the tin if you want, but if not, all you have to do is print and cut.  I had some raindrop scrapbook paper, so I printed my cards on that and decorated the tin to match.  Since my kids are young, I think we might do it as a cooperative game with everyone working together.

 

Flashlight Puzzle Hunt Pinned From Toddler Toddler

Ever since I first saw this idea I have wanted to try it with the kids: A Flashlight Puzzle Hunt.   I already bought the lanterns for the Bear Hunt, so I just purchased a puzzle at the dollar store.  I plan to hide the puzzle pieces in the closets so that the kids can use the lanterns to find them.  Then we can put the puzzle together as a group.  It will be good counting practice for Hank as he tries to figure out if we have all of the pieces.