Spring brings sunshine and warm temperatures, but it also brings rainy days. Keep little ones occupied during those stay-inside times with activities that will not only keep them occupied, but can get their creative juices flowing, as well.
Help children learn early on to save the planet by recycling. Everyone has a ton of broken crayons lying around in a box or can. Have children peel off the wrappers. Oil a muffin pan and let them put the crayons in the pan, mixing colors or even arranging them in patterns. Place the pan in an oven preheated to 150 degrees. Check the crayons after 15 to 20 minutes, leaving them until they just melt. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan. Then pop them out and let kids color away with their “new” crayons that they made themselves.
Make an indoor fort. What kid hasn’t made their own hidey hole indoors when the weather isn’t ideal outdoors. Let them strategically place chairs, cover them with blankets, and lay down some blankets and pillows for an afternoon of “camping in.” Bring a stash of books to read and snacks to “fort”-ify themselves.
Get crafty. You don’t have to invest in expensive craft materials. Gather items you may already have on hand, like construction paper, old magazines, glue, tape, string, bottle caps, crayons, markers, empty milk cartons and what have you. Let their imaginations and creativity run wild.
Have movie night during the day. Rent or live-stream a movie (or pop in a DVD they haven’t seen in awhile) and let them hunker down for a new or favorite flick. Don’t forget the popcorn and snacks. Invite their friends or the neighbor kids and make a little “theater” with chairs or pillows to sit on.