Plate Of Bubbles – This is an interesting activity and enjoyed by children of all age groups. All you need a small plate, one plastic drinking straw, dish washing liquid and tap water. Pour just two drops of dishwashing liquid right at the center of the plate. Run tap water on the plate, with water pointing on the dishwashing liquid. This will create some bubbles or foam. Carefully place the plate on a flat surface and ask your child to point his straw into the soapy water. Blow the straw gently to create bubbles. Make sure you make blow slowly and steadily to create huge sized bubbles.
Animal Jumble – It is considered to be best with more than 3 children participating in the activity. However, it can be done with 2 kids as well. All you need is to assign each participant with a secret animal part. Let the children choose their animal. Ask each one of them to draw their part on a sheet, plain cloth or construction paper. The whole idea is that the other participants don’t know what the other ones are drawing. Once they are done, ask them to cut their parts from the paper or cloth and tape them together. They’ll have an animal figure.
Cartoon Strips – Anyone who’s been to kindergarten know this game pretty well. All you need is a pad of plain sheets. Start sketching a character or object from the extreme left of the paper. One the next page, draw the same figure again, but in a slightly different pose and positioned a bit toward the right. Repeat the process on each page until you reach the extreme right side of the pad. Once you are done, fan the pages with your thumb and watch your character in motion.
Coffee Can Stilts – Take 2 coffee cans and poke a hole on each using a screw driver. Use bailing twine, rope, and strands of yarn. Put them through one hole and take out from the other. Make sure that the rope is long enough so when your child stands on the cans, the rope gets high enough for them to be held firmly in his hands without hunching over.
Cookie Cutter Glitter – Pull out the glue, glitter, construction paper, stickers and cookie cutters. Trace around the shapes of cookie cutter, pour some glue over the shape and decorate it with glitters and stickers. It’s easy and fun!
Feely Box – Take a box of any size with a lid. Cut a wide hole on one side of the box and place an object inside it. Ask your child to put his hands inside the box and guess the object. If they can’t make the right guess, give them hints to find the right answer.
Hide The Object – You can use any ordinary object and play the hide and seek game with your child. Hide the object anywhere where your kid can reach easily. You can also set a different theme for each day and have your child look for the hidden objects. Tell them what the theme of the day is and let them use their brains to fetch out the object.
Writing Box – If your kids are in kindergarten, you need this. Take a wide box with a lid and put all the crayons, pencils, markers and other similar things in it. Tell your kids that this is the place where everything needs to be kept once the work is done.
Picnic Indoors – Take a bright colored basket and fill it up with paper plates, utensils and cups. Make home-made sandwiches and pack some fruits, juices and muffins from dessert. Spread a sheet in the living room and let your kids have some real picnic fun indoors.
Paper Bag Puppets – This requires only a brown paper bag and crayons. Draw a cute face on the bag with the help of the crayon or marker and you have a puppet. You can decorate the face to add more detail into it, such as yarn for hair and glitter for cheeks.
Collages – Save old magazines and ask your kids to cut out some interesting pictures from them. Have them paste all those pictures on a cardboard. You can hang that cardboard in their room or any other place in your home to showcase their creativity. You can make it more challenging by assigning a theme to cut out pictures.
Coloring Pasta – Place a handful of uncooked and dry pasta into a plastic zipper bag. Add a few drops of food coloring and a spoon of white vinegar. Close the bag and ask your kids to shake the bag until the pasta gets completely colored. Spread out the pasta onto a paper plate and allow them to dry. Create different colored pastas. Once the pasta is dry, use yarn to string together the pieces to create necklaces and bracelets.
Shadowboxes – Use black or brown paint color to paint the inside of a shoebox. Now use white crayons or stickers to make stars and moon to create a nighttime scene. You can even make use of small plastic toys to create a live scene inside your shadowbox like having a spaceship taking off.
Indoor Hopscotch – Use white chalk to draw out a hopscotch board on the cement floor or pavement. Once you are done playing, wash off the chalk with warm water and mop.
Family Memory Game – Play this interesting family memory game by asking your kid some questions like “What is your Grandpa’s first name?” Make them look through an old photo album and ask them to recognize the faces.
Hot Beanie – This variation of old favorite “Hot Potato” makes use of a beanie type toy. Have all kids sit in a circle and toss the beanie from one person to another.
Name That Tune – Hum tunes of jingles and popular songs that can kids have heard before. Ask them to recall the song and reward them for each right answer.
Create A Story – Ask your kids to create a story together. Let the first one create characters and the next kid will say the next part of the story and so on.
Never Ending Adjectives – Ask your child to pick an object, and the next one will add the adjective in front of the object. The other one will add another adjective and the game continues until the sentence stops making sense.
Sardines – Reverse Hide and Seek – In this game, one child become the hider and others are the seekers. But, when the seekers find the hider, they join him in the hiding place until all the players are stuffed in one place. The first one who found the hider gets to hide next.
These activities are great to do indoors on rainy days. You can even do them while on vacation at a place like The Dunes in Naples, Florida.