Rainy days can present quite a challenge for parents and caregivers of pre-schoolers. If you have a small room or home, it can be even more of a challenge. If you need some ideas for activities for your pre-schooler(s), read on. You can make a rainy day into a fun day!
Dancing with Ribbons and Scarves
This is just as fun with a group of pre-schoolers as with one. Pieces of cloth, ribbon, scarves, and so forth can be used to make a fun, swirling dance. Groups can weave in and out of a circle of other kids and adults; a single pre-schooler and caregiver can enjoy dancing together around the room.
Choose interesting music for your dancing. Change the music from slow to fast and dance in a way that expresses the feelings conveyed in the music. This is not only a fun exercise; it's educational!
Make Musical Instruments
All kinds of common household objects can be made into instruments. Here are some ideas.
Raid your recycle bin and get out the plastic bottles. Set them up at the end of a room or hallway and roll a soft ball toward them to knock them over.
Make a House
Throw a blanket over a table or some chairs to make a playhouse. Bring a flashlight in, and furnish the house with play food, child's furniture, and so forth.
Clean Out Something
Believe it or not, many pre-schoolers love to see what's in a "junk drawer" or messy area around your home. Make it a game and see if your pre-schooler can identify all the objects and sort them into shapes and colours.
Cut fish shapes out of card stock or construction paper. Slip a paper clip onto each fish's "mouth." Then, tie a kitchen magnet onto the end of a string and attach the other end of the string to a stick or rod. See how many fish you can catch with the magnet, which will adhere to the paper clips.