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When rain interferes with your plans, don't get upset. Rainy days don't have to mean your family has no fun. There are plenty of rainy day activities that your whole family will enjoy.

If you don't want the whole day spent in front of a television or computer screen, find some screen-free alternatives to add to the mix. You'll find coloring sheets, worksheets and games for all ages at ApplesForTheTeacher.com.

Sing "Rain, Rain Go Away" together as you spend time together indoors. Here are some rainy day fun family activities to enjoy when it rains on your parade.

Try one or two of these activities or create your own, but don't let a rainy day spoil your fun. Create family memories on sunny days and rainy days and you'll teach your kids that you don't need sunshine to have fun.

Bake a Cake
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Bake a Cake

It doesn't have to be someone's birthday to bake a cake. Let your kids enjoy a rainy day by baking a cake, cupcakes or cookies and you'll all love sharing the results.

Play a Game
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Play a Game

Enjoy a family board game day when it's rainy outdoors. Pull out Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders or your favorite board game and play all day.

Dress-Up Fun
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Dress-Up Fun

Bring out your dress-up box and let the kids pick their favorite outfit. If you don't have a dress-up box, use old Halloween costumes. Maybe your kids will put on a play for everyone to watch.

Read a Book
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Read a Book

Let each child choose a favorite book to read aloud. If you need some new books, head to your local library and pick out enough books to keep everyone reading all day.

Build Something
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Build Something

Bring out the Legos, blocks or other building set and see who can make the most interesting creation. Set a timer and see who can build the fastest or slowest. Line up the finished creations for all to see.

Clean up Toys
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Clean up Toys

Sort through your collection of toys. Separate toys your kids don't use much into groups to be donated or packed away. Put the toys your kids use the most into baskets.

Kids Love Boxes
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Kids Love Boxes

Kids love playing with boxes. Pull out some big boxes and turn your kids loose with markers or crayons. Let each child turn their box into a car, airplane or house. When done, let the kids climb into their creations.

Have a Party
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Have a Party

Make your favorite party foods, invite a few friends over and have a rainy day party. Let each child choose a favorite recipe or work together. You don't need a special reason to have a party.

Make Music Together
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Make Music Together

Play the piano as the kids march around the room. If you don't have a piano, play music on the iPod or CD player. Try a game of musical chairs to add an element of game day fun.

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