"Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head," the theme song for the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, could also be the annual summer anthem for the state of Florida. Ranging from sun showers to all-out thunderstorms, Florida’s daily summer downpours are as predictable as the sunrise and sunset.
Each day, as the dark clouds roll in and the kiddos trudge back indoors, parents throughout the state do everything they can to avoid hearing two of the most cringe-worthy words your child can say – “I’m bored!” Before Florida’s rainy season begins, take some time to stock up on a few indoor fun ideas.
Small Craft Advisory
When the weather man signals that a storm warning is in effect, it’s the ideal time to bring out the life saver. A box of small craft ideas is a great way to keep the kids occupied while enjoying a creative experience. The options for your crafts can range from coloring books, to water color painting, to making beaded jewelry. All these crafts are tailor-made indoor activities. It’s best to consider crafts that do not require electricity (like a glue gun), just in case of a power outage.
If you have older children, telling scary stories is a great way to pass the time during a storm. The dark ambiance created by the rain and clouds make it perfect storytelling weather. Make sure your stories are age level appropriate so no one becomes too scared. If the power is off, you can make this activity even better with a flash light. It’s like camping indoors. In fact, you can even make an indoor tent out of sheets, pillows, and chairs.
If you can tear your kids away from their hand-held electronic games or wireless laptops, playing old board games can be fun, too. You might have to clean an inch of dust on them after you remove them from that dark corner of your closet, but board games are a great family bonding activity. A game like Monopoly can take up a lot of time if you have to wait out a storm, where a game like Chutes and Ladders can be used to pass a quick rain shower. Even card games like Uno, Go-Fish and Texas hold ‘Em can prevent the rain from winning the boredom battle.
Rain Dear Games
If you aren’t into the classics, why not use your imagination and make up a new game? My family and I created the “What Would You Bring” game – if you had to go out in the rain what would you bring? The list is alphabetical and cumulative – the first player lists an item starting with the letter A, the second lists an item starting with the letters A and B, etc. and none of the items can be repeated as the list grows longer and longer. Using your imagination is family fun in and of itself, so get creative and come up with a new game of your own!
Spending time with your family is a great way to beat the rainy day blues. What do you and your family do to wait out the rain?