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A little bit of sun for rainy days

Rainy days can sometimes seem long and endless, especially when you had planned outdoor activities. Unfortunately, we have little power over Mother Nature and she loves to play tricks on us.

 

Instead of being victims of her mood swings, let's give ourselves the power to organize and plan interesting days complete with lots of indoor activities for children.

 

I have prepared four thematic days that you can try with your group. They require little preparation and material, but best of all, they are sure to make children forget about the bad weather that forced you to cancel your initial plans.


Camping Day:

  • Build your own pretend campfire: Paint empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls with brown paint. Arrange them to represent wood and add pieces of red, yellow, and orange tissue paper to represent fire. Pretend to roast marshmallows and sausages over the fire.
  • Pitch a tent: Bring your tent inside and set it up in a large room or make your own tent with the children in your group using cushions and bed sheets. Let children nap inside the tent.
  • Have a picnic: Deposit a large blanket next to your pretend campfire and prepare a picnic lunch that you can all eat together.
  • A day without electricity: When you go camping, it is often very dark and there may not be any electricity available. Turn off all the lights and use flashlights to go about your activities.

A sunny day:

  • Dress for the occasion: Invite children to wear their bathing suit, sunglasses, shorts, etc.
  • Make your own sun: Paint a paper plate with yellow poster paint. Glue orange Popsicle sticks all the way around the plate to represent rays. Hang the sun from the ceiling to add a touch of sun to a rainy day.
  • Arrange beach towels on the floor and invite children to lie on them during naptime.
  • Cool off: Have children take turns playing in the bathtub while wearing their bathing suit. If you are not afraid of a little cleanup, bring a few water games indoors. Children will especially enjoy getting to play with these inside.

Pyjama Day:

  • Dress for the occasion: Invite children to wear their pyjamas all day long.
  • Serve brunch at lunch time. Encourage children to participate in your food preparation.
  • Watch a special movie.

Movie Day:

  • Organize a treasure hunt: Hide pretend money throughout the daycare and invite children to search for it. Have them pay for their movie tickets, popcorn or candy, and beverage with this money.
  • Rent one or more movie(s) children are sure to enjoy.
  • Transform your living room to make it look like a movie theatre. Turn off the lights, close the curtains or blinds, prepare popcorn and have beverages handy.

Keep in mind that children don't need much to have fun. A little bit of creativity is really all you need to enjoy a magical day. Listen to their suggestions. Their imagination may even surprise you!


Maude Dubé
Early childhood educator


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