The family’s awake and a glance out the window shows that the rain is coming down with no signs of stopping anytime soon. This can be a parent’s worst fear come to life, as the children might have to stay inside and go stir-crazy all day, or it can be a family’s greatest blessing. Time together is something that every family needs and few get to have as often as they should or would like to. The next time the rain keeps your family inside, try one of the following five ideas for some rainy day family fun.
Family Collage Trees
Gather up your old magazines, make computer prints of family photos, and get out the crafting supplies to make family collage trees. Give each family member a large sheet of construction or other heavy-duty paper and set up glue, scissors, markers, crayons, pens, magazines, photo prints, and other craft supplies on a table for everyone to share.
Each member of the family can make their own collage tree, starting with either a tree that they draw and color themselves or a tree that they cut out of a magazine. Use photo prints for each family member and then cut out pictures and words from the periodicals which relate to the person on each branch of the tree. These are not only fun, but they also make a wonderful and unique wall display when they are framed as a set and hung on the wall.
Remember those old board games that have been gathering dust in the closet since the kids discovered technology? A rainy day is a great day to get them out and remember how much fun life was before it required plug-ins. Play several of them and keep track of the winners of each. At the end of the day, the winner gets some sort of a reward. This could be an hour of extra television viewing, picking the family movie, getting out of chores, or some other reward that he or she will enjoy. Being all in the spirit of fun and togetherness, though, be sure that everyone in the family gets the reward of a great day together!
There are many things that you and your family can do together in the kitchen that will be fun and incredibly rewarding to everyone’s taste buds. There will also be plenty of creativity used during this day and there’s nothing like the smell of goodies baking when the weather is cooling off. Some of the things that you can create together are decorative cookies, gingerbread houses and/or people, shish kabob bouquets, fancy cupcakes, miniature pies and cakes, and there are many others.
Movies and Mini Pizzas
Movie days are synonymous with rainy days and these days are made even more pleasant when there is good food to eat while you are all viewing them. Have every person pick out a movie of their choice, as long as it is suitable for everyone to watch together. Go to the grocery store and the video store (if necessary) and pick up the movies and the ingredients for each person to create their own mini pizza to eat during the movies.
Design on a Dime
The house that you’re all staying inside of on the rainy day is also the home that you all share the rest of the days. Pick a room out of your house, such as a family room or living room, and put all of your creative minds and talents together to re-design the room. Pick out a theme, a color scheme or a design style and go through the house gathering items that might work with what you’ve chosen.
Area rugs, furniture pieces, wall décor, knick knacks, and other items from different rooms can be used together to create a truly great “new” room. Clean out the room that you’re going to refresh and revamp and have everyone work together to create a room that is functional, attractive, and all new that you can enjoy together. If you want to go the extra mile, you can repaint or add a border of some sort to the walls.
A rainy day doesn’t have to be a boring day, by any means. When you have a family to share it with, a rainy day outside can be a memorable and enjoyable day inside. Just try one of the above suggestions for a rainy family fun day and see if you don’t agree. Time with family is in short supply for most people these days and when the opportunity comes to share some, you should make the very most of it.