Rainy Day Activities for Kids!
Who says you need the weather to be sunny to enjoy a great picnic? You don’t even need to leave your house at all!ack your picnic basket with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apple and cheese slices, crackers, and juice. Throw in some chocolate chip cookies or M&M’s for dessert! Spread a blanket on the floor and ask your child to help you arrange plates, glasses, and napkins. Invite some guests over: your child’s toys or dolls or yaya . Sit down and enjoy the spread!
Bake a Cookie
If you love to bake, great! If not, now is a good time to learn. Here’s a simple recipe for sugar cookies from Food Network:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Place butter and sugar in another bowl and beat until fluffy. Add egg and milk. Gradually add the flour mixture. Then, divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is!
If baking from scratch isn’t your thing, try Bake Buddy’s recipe-in-a-can cookie mixes. The recipes are easy to follow and each tin can is good for about a dozen cookies. Their cookie mixes include what they call the 5 C’s (chewy choco chip), S’mores and Chunky Peanut Butter. (Bake Buddy : 0905 279 8050)
Have a Parade
Grab any musical instrument that you have such as tambourines, whistles, or drums and march around the house. You can also make your own instruments by using household items – pots, wooden spoons, and shoeboxes.
Kids can spend an entire afternoon just banging away at their instruments. Line the kids up and march along the hallway making music. Cut ribbons to use as streamers.
Play Indoor Sports
Get the kids active and moving even when they can’t play outside. Shoot some hoops or bowl a strike. Vinyl balls are available at toy stores like Toy Kingdom for P50.00. If you don’t have a basketball hoop, turn a laundry basket into one. Bowling sets are also inexpensive. You can buy a set for P100.00 in toy stores.
Kids and even grown-ups find this Japanese art of paper folding amazing. For paper folding ideas, check out www.origami-instructions.com. You can also get origami books that come with origami sheets and even pop-up scenes at National Bookstore for less than P100.00
If the rain has eased to a drizzle and it’s not too cold out, go for a rain walk. Put on your rain gear and head out with your umbrellas. As you walk you can also
- Stomp in puddles
- Twirl the umbrella
- Talk about where rains and clouds come from
- Stick out a hand to catch raindrops
- Listen to the rain hitting the umbrella
- Watch the water running down the street
- Make up a rain and umbrella song!