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Combat June Gloom with these Screen-Free Rainy Day Activities

Rachel O'Reilly

By Courtney Ward

Yesterday, my daughter was home sick from preschool, and it was raining cats and perros. Since I hadn’t planned any activities to do at home, play dates or anything to keep her entertained, I decided I would just wing it, old-school style.

First order of business was to abandon my own plans for the day - as stressed as that initially made me. As a working Mom, I had planned to get some things done while she was in preschool, but when your child is sick, you have to accept that just isn’t going to happen. Time to fire up the Chemex, this was going to be a long one.

Since I didn’t have anything planned to do with my child, Pinterest was calling my name. “Here we have thousands of activities to entertain your toddler.” But it turns out, I’m not a “Pinterest a toddler activity and execute it day-of” kind of a Mom. If I’m being really honest, I’ve never actually executed any activity from Pinterest, period. In theory, looks great; in reality, no chance. If you’re one of those moms, more power to you - you can head over to Pinterest instead of finishing this post. For the rest of us, it turns out I did have a few ideas up my sleeve (that just about anyone should be able to handle), which made for a great day.

COOKING

When I need an idea of something for us to do, I always resort to cooking something. My daughter loves to be involved and help out, and I like to work on something productive. She had a sore throat, and luckily I had a gazillion mismatched popsicle molds just begging to be put to use. Operation Strawberry Yogurt Pops took full effect, and my daughter could not have been more thrilled getting to use a little pitcher to fill them up herself. These were incredibly easy, healthy and delicious created by Danielle who writes the blog, Delightful Mom Food -- and were frozen just in time to be devoured as a post nap-time treat.

GAMES

Have you guys busted out the old school winners like CANDYLAND? I just got this for my daughter and she is OBSESSED. We play at least once a day, and it is so fun. Talk about a blast from the past. This game still holds up and there is nothing like going down memory lane with your little one. WIN WIN.

YOGA

I JUST discovered this, and maybe I’m late to the game, but is the most GENIUS thing on YouTube for kids. Oops, I called this post, “screen-free.” Bear with me.

It’s called Cosmic Kids Yoga. They create programs based on kids shows or movies, like Frozen or Star Wars, and do an entire yoga routine for thirty minutes. I did not know if my 3.5 year old would do this on her own, but I figured it was worth a shot. I set her up with her own yoga mat in the living room and started off doing a couple of the poses with her. Within a few minutes she was SO into it - she had already been asking to join me in one of my yoga classes. I opened my laptop to blast responses to as many emails as I could, and looked over to see her doing her first little “bridge pose” all on her own. This is literally the best thing I have ever seen! Rainy day or not, I will be visiting this site again!

What started off as an “Oh shit, what am I going to do with my kid?” day turned out to be a blast. Sometimes when your little one needs a rest-day, sitting back and rolling with things versus over-scheduling or over-stressing is exactly what you need, too. I need to remember that! Do you have any rainy day activities that you like to do with your little ones? We would love to hear, leave us a comment below!