Rainy Day Activities
9. Make Sock Puppets
Do you have old socks or single socks hanging around? Grab markers, buttons, twist ties, and other oddities from around the house and let your kids have at it. Maybe talk about what kind of puppet show they want to put on, so they know what puppets they will need. Depending on their age, you can have a break while they get creative. When they finish, all will be rewarded with a cherished memory and a video of their puppet show.
10. Tell Stories
Storytelling is as old as time itself, but this is storytelling with a twist. Gather the family together and allow one person to start the story. A second person will continue the story building upon what the previous person said, and each person in the group will keep adding on until everyone decides the story is finished. Need some ideas? Search for story starter prompts and let imaginations go wild. It might sound intimidating, but you will be amazed at what your kids will imagine. I've never walked away without a good laugh.
11. Create a Scavenger Hunt
Just in case you are not familiar with a scavenger hunt, participants race against each other to find, collect, and bring back items from a list. These lists can be as specific or as general as you want. For instance, you can say a toothbrush, or something you use to brush your teeth. Scavenger hunts are fun and can take as long or as short as you want.
12. Play Memory
While Memory has generally been reduced to a matching card game today, it used to be much different. In this edition of Memory, participants look at a random collection of twenty or thirty items for one minute. The items are then covered with a cloth, and the participants write down as many things as they can remember. Times, number of items, and item themes can vary according to what you desire. The person who remembers the most is the winner. I suggest family members take turns collecting the items.
While this summer may not be what we expected, it doesn't mean summer is ruined. May these activities spark a host of ideas and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Crystal Caudill is a wife, caregiver, mom of teen boys, historical romance author, and prayer warrior. She isn't perfect but she strives to grow in God and encourage others in their faith journeys every day. Learn more about her and her writing at http://www.crystalcaudill.com.
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