We have had some of the wettest weather this year than I can remember us ever having. One of the worst things for a mom who works from home is to have 2 kids who have exhausted their creative juices trying to find something to do. The words we parents hate to hear, “We Are Bored” have been flung around my house for weeks now. I had thought of jumping out the window, but we are on the ground level, so all I would do is get wet! So, I decided to do a search online and get some rainy day fun ideas. Here are a few I thought would be fun to try:
- Ignore The Rain: Who said we had to keep the kids inside when it rained? Heck, my kids have rain boots and coats, so why not put them to good use? What exactly did I buy them for if not to be used, right?
- Forts: A rainy day is the perfect day to build a fort and my kids are expert fort builders. These two have gotten their fort building down to a science. They have their computer to watch videos, popcorn to munch on and every stinking pillow and blanket, throw or sheet we have in the whole house!
- Bake: There is nothing better than the smell of fresh made cookies, so we do that a lot when it is gross outside. I always keep the ingredients on hand, so if the weather dictates, we can bake some fresh chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. I bet it is no surprise that my husband loves it when it rains!
- Arts and Crafts: While the rain is pounding on the windows, let the kids put their art supplies to good use. My kids can come up with some pretty clever ideas, and they love to color, paint, staple, tape and glue whatever they can. The last time we did this, they made a really cool paper chain with a ton of different papers and we hung it in the family room.
- Board Games: Board games does not spell bored in our house! We love to play games, and I always have a ton of them on hand. When we have friends sleep over, we always have out at least 2-3 games that the kids play. One of my favorite companies to go to for awesome board games is University Games. This company has been in business for 24 years, have created over 200 games and quite honestly, they know their stuff!
Inspirations For Rainy Day Fun
Oddly enough, the day the games I was sent from University Games arrived, my friends kids were spending the night and it was raining cats and dogs. The kids were all too happy to tear them open and play one almost immediately. Talk about finding inspirations for rainy day fun! We had 3 brand new ways to break the monotony of the rain! With any of the games from University Games, I know the kids are going to have a blast playing them. The games we received were: Zombie Bowling, Sort It Out and Scavenger Hunt For Kids. We decided on the Scavenger Hunt game and it is so dang fun! The object of the game is to find objects in the house on the card and moving the pawn once space for each item found. It was pretty funny watching the kids running around, bumping into each other and screaming with laughter. It was hilarious! We also had a lot of fun playing Zombie Bowling because the boys are really into zombies lately, so they loved knocking those suckers down! You can purchase Scavenger Hunt for $24.99, Sort It Out for $29.99 and Zombie Bowling for $24.99, as well as the many other University Games online at Amazon.
I wanted to tell you about a really great project the folks over at University Games has created. The National Young Game Inventors contest has been going on for 12 years now. The contest is open to kids ages 5 to 12 and they are asked to invent a board game. The kids submit their game with hopes of claiming the grand prize, which is a $10,000 savings bond. Other prizes offered include a game library and a trip to San Francisco. The game submissions are accepted from May through October, and you can read about the contest and download the form here.
One reader will win one game of their choice from Scavenger Hunt for $24.99, Sort It Out for $29.99 and Zombie Bowling for $24.99 US only