10 Cures for Rainy Day Boredom

Rainy days can bring on boredom, crankiness, and hours that seem endless. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. 

Cheryl Butler
5-minute read
Episode #377

Here on the East Coast we’ve been experiencing a long stretch of gray, rainy days. This time of year does seem to bring on more of the wet stuff and if we’ve got small kids in our homes—yikes!—rainy days can bring on boredom, crankiness, and hours that seem endless.

However, rainy days can offer hidden opportunities to try new things with your wee ones that you normally wouldn’t have time for. Hey, rainy days are also a nice break for tweens and teens that are always on the go. 

Mighty Mommy reached out to some early-learning centers, pre-school, and kindergarten teachers as well as some very creative parenting peeps and gathered 10 rainy day fixes to help put boredom at bay.

Idea #1:  Make a Fairy Garden

When my kids were younger, I remember creating terrariums with them. Terrariums are still a great way to do some indoor gardening because they are usually made with sealable glass containers that can be opened for maintenance and to access the plants inside. Over the past couple of years, however, there’s been a playful twist to the standard terrariums and now old and young alike are infatuated with adorable fairy gardens.

A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures such as tiny, colorful houses, mini chairs and swings and all kinds of bright and whimsical accessories and actual living plants. It is designed to give your green thumb a place to tend year-round and to lure fairies and with them, which will bring good luck to your home.  Here are two cute you tube videos you can watch with your kids to make your own, unique fairy garden.

Idea #2:  Fishing for Letters

One of the pre-school teachers contributed an activity that her 3-5 year old students absolutely love (even on sunny days) and that’s a game called fishing for letters. Use magnet ABC letters in the bath tub or a small plastic children’s swimming pool to go fishing for letters. She also added some sea life things like plastic fish, crab, shells found at the Dollar Store, etc. to make it an ocean experience and to find out what was magnetic and what was not. You can glue a magnet on the end of a plastic fishing pole found in most toy stores.  A dab of blue food coloring in the water also adds to the seaside feel of this fun game. Each time your child fishes and gets a letter, they get a point. If they get two letters at a time, they get a bonus point. You can work the game points any way you like but most kids will spend huge chunks of time fishing in their new ocean and learning at the same time.

Idea #3:  Ted Talks for Tweens and Teens

One of my favorite places to hang out on-line is www.TED.com. This is the home of the popular Ted Talks.  TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). If your tween or teen is complaining there’s nothing to do on a rainy day, share this playlist of motivational TED talks by kids and teens. It might inspire them to take action other than hanging out on the couch for the day.

Idea #4:  Make Homemade Fruit Popsicles

A rainy day is the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen. With summer coming, try out a few new fresh, healthy and delicious homemade popsicles.  For some excellent suggestions, try these yummy recipes from Real Simple

Idea #5:  Get Creative with Duct Tape

Several of the crafty parents that shared their favorite rainy day ideas all agreed that their project bins are always stocked with duct tape. This heavy-duty adhesive has thousands of uses and is probably known best for all the quick fixes it can solve.  But have you taken a peek at the fashionable colors and prints available now-a-day? For crafters, duct tape offers countless possibilities, and it’s not only inexpensive but super easy to work with too! So grab a few fun rolls of duct tape and have a look at this link which will provide hours of fun crafts and projects.   


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.