Since we’ll be having a new baby in the house in a few weeks, I’ve decided to plan some fun activities to keep my older kids entertained this summer. At first, we may not be able to be outside as much as we normally are in the warmer months. Most of our extended family lives an hour away, so help isn’t always available. Luckily, living in the technological ages can be an advantage when it comes to searching up news ideas to keep kids’ imaginations moving!
Research shows that picking the right kind of TV show can help children become more engaged in imaginative play and problem-solving. Joe & I really try to limit how much screen time our children get in the first place. Poppy Cat is a TV series that encourages preschoolers to use their imagination. The stories are based off of an award winning British book series by Lara Jones. The elements included in the story lines foster imaginative play and problem-solving. Be sure to check out Poppy Cat on the Sprout Network every night at 7pm or on the NBC kids block on Saturday mornings.
Now, my 4-year-old son is known for his extremely active imagination. He’s known for taking things apart and putting them back together. A good friend of mine recently suggested a really cute sensory activity for him that we put together for him for under $10.
You can easily find any of these supplies at stores like Target or Wal-mart. You’ll need some sort of flat bin, mini tractors or construction vehicles, and gems. I recommend this activity for kids who are probably about 3 or older and don’t mouth small pieces any more. We found the rocks/gems in the craft section for $1 a bag (clearly, we should have bought more!) and the construction vehicles were about $5 for the set. The bin is something we already owned.
My kids love playing with this activity! It’s kept them busy on some of the rainy days we’ve had recently. You could really use any thing for digging such as regular rocks, beans, or anything else you can think of.
What kind of activities do you do to keep your kids busy on rainy summer days?