Have you and your early learner been stuck inside lately due to rain or snow? I surveyed my friends and colleagues to find out their screen-free, fun, and easy rainy day secrets!

1. Forts, Forts, Forts!

CamdenRachal.jpgAlready have a fort—how many stuffed animals can fit? How many books can you read inside?

Don't have a ready-made teepee like above? Laura recommends saving up boxes throughout the month and decorating them to create your own fort on the rainy day. She and her son Elijah cut out holes in the boxes for windows and doors.

2. Make and Decorate Sweet Treats

EmmyBaking.jpgPick recipes where applesauce can be substituted for sugar, or plan on making this your sweet treat for the week. Give your early learner the task of adding ingredients, stirring, or decorating.

3. Dress up!


Halloween doesn't have to come just once a year. Break out costumes from birthday parties and outings for a rainy day costume party!

4. Measure and play with rainwater

If it's warm enough and you're feeling energetic, take your early learner outside with tools like measuring cups, jars, and bowls to have them see how much rain water they can capture. If you're feeling really brave use those tools to play in the water!

5. Arts and Crafts


Gather any arts and crafts supplies you can find, cover the table with newspaper, and let your early learner get started! If your child is too young to work with loose arts and crafts supplies set them up with a piece of paper and a glob of paint in a gallon plastic bag like Logan below!

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Topics: Child care

Claudia Auger

Written by Claudia Auger

A volunteer for Child Care of Southwest Florida