Rainy days are great for open-ended activities that encourage children to use their creativity and imagination. Find a few cardboard boxes that you are no longer using and encourage children to let their imagination flow! Boxes can be made into all kinds of things, such as a house, a train, ramps for toy cars, robots, tunnels, airplanes, and more! Children will enjoy coloring and decorating the box creations, after getting adult help with cutting and assembling the boxes. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out the articles below.
Another option is to use the box for a large-scale art project by offering the children a variety of crayons, stickers, markers, and colored pencils that they can use to create colorful art on each of the sides of the box.
4. Practice yoga
On a rainy day, yoga is a great way to incorporate movement while staying indoors. Yoga can also help children learn about the benefits of stretching their bodies and taking care of themselves.
If you are interested in introducing yoga to your classroom, a good place to start is with books and videos that introduce simple, child-friendly yoga positions and basic yoga poses. You might enjoy the books Yoga Bug by Sarah Jane Hinder and The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Power. Or, share one of these free videos: Dinosaur Yoga or Yoga Space Song.
5. Play Follow-the-Leader
Follow-the-leader is an easy game to play anytime and anywhere! No materials or set-up is required. Simply stand in front of children and have them copy your movements. Encourage them to move their bodies by jumping up and down, touching their toes, and reaching up high.
This activity is a great way for children to strengthen large muscles while practicing important cognitive skills, such as following instructions, taking turns, and imitating.
6. Have a parade
A fun way to get children moving together on a rainy day is an indoor marching parade!
If you have dress up clothes available in your classroom, encourage children to put on special outfits for the parade.
For instruments, you can use actual toy instruments or household objects that can be turned into make-believe instruments. You might even consider making your own instruments by using some of the ideas below:
The children can add to the parade music by singing their favorite songs, with or without instruments.
7. Get creative with a rain-themed art project
If you’re looking for a creative way to keep little ones entertained, try a rain-themed rainy day art project that children can work on together. A few fun ideas are included below.