Keeping a kid at home when it’s a rainy day outside can be an overwhelming task. Imagining how you’re going to keep them entertained without imagining your entire house catching on fire and questioning how you’re possibly going to put a downpayment on a new house once that’s happened can start to make your eye twitch.
No doubt about it, toddlers are a handful of work, particularly when you can let them go outside to burn off energy since it’s raining outside. However, before you start to panic and assume it’s going to be the craziest day of your life, rest assured that there are plenty of non-flammable solutions. Here are some of the simplest ways to keep your toddler happy inside the house while still keeping your sanity intact.
Bubble baths are one of those things that entertain anyone regardless of their age. There’s something nostalgic and exciting about getting into a tub filled to the top with fluffy white bubbles.
Since little ones can’t always communicate at the beginning of their toddler years, they can become frustrated and bored easily. Bubble baths will keep them entertained with toys, splashing and blowing bubbles joyfully all over the place.
The best part is, not only is it entertaining for them, but it’s a practical activity since it gets them clean. Everyone wins!
Kids love to touch and feel different textures. Sensory play is a great way to get your child’s brain stimulated and start to make the connection between hands and brain.
There are plenty of things that you can create without much fuss at all. From making homemade Playdough to letting them play with pasta or dry beans, some toddlers will happily entertain themselves sticking their hands in these sensory items for over an hour at a time.
Time to bring out the smock and spread a huge paper on the linoleum floor. Giving kids a setting like this and some paints to get creative with is a sure way to make them squeal with glee.
It’s almost guaranteed that a toddler will have the time of their lives getting to spread colors all over the place. As long as you use washable paints and keep the activity in a contained area the clean up shouldn’t be too bad.
Making Sock Puppets
We all have a drawer full of lonely socks who have lost their partner somewhere along the way of kids, dogs, PTA meetings, yoga classes, and toddlers who like to stick things in mysterious places.
You’ll be happy to know that there is a happy afterlife for these loner socks by transforming into a sock puppet. Sew buttons on for eyes, and yarn on for a mouth and you’ve got yourself some serious entertainment!