A few days ago, it was 75 degrees outside…an anomaly for March, no doubt, but still a welcome reminder that spring is around the corner. If you’re like me, then you share in my anticipation of warmer days ahead that bring with them not only cuter clothes, but also, and more importantly, easier activities for your little one (think trips to the community pool and playground). While spring fills my heart with hope of fun in the sun, it also ushers in days upon days of rainy weather that necessitates staying indoors and beating boredom the old fashioned way: with planned activities. Here are a few indoor activity ideas to help you make it through these rainy days like a pro:
1. Art Projects – Don’t gasp… I’m not talking about crayons on the wall or paint on the carpet. Rather, thanks to water paint and invisible markers, art projects can be both fun and (gasp now) clean. Crayola makes a fabulous product called “Color Wonder” that has invisible markers with ink colors that show up only on the specialty Color Wonder coloring pages.
Another option is the magical paint with water books. Give your little one a little cup of water and a paintbrush and watch as his strokes magically transform into colorful watercolor expressions. Biggest mess potential: a little bit of spilled water. Peanuts in the toddler world ;).
2. Puzzles – Nothing keeps a kid busier than taking things apart and trying to figure out how to put them back together. Enter puzzles. Teach your child eye-hand coordination, shapes, colors, fine motor skills, words and just plain how to have fun by offering a wide variety of puzzles at play time. I particularly love Melissa and Doug puzzles, which are beautiful, well-made, and sometimes, even make sounds!
3. Story Time – Prep your little one for summer time by introducing books about summer. Even if you don’t have the time to sit down and read to your child, flipping through picture books with summer images will help your little one prepare for the fun of the warmer months ahead. Consider Curious George Goes to the Beach, Froggy Learns to Swim and Little Quack’s Hide and Seek.