Living in Alaska, we have a lot of cold and rainy days. We get outside as much as we possibly can, but we also do have times where we just are inside. Since we homeschool, we have lots of homeschooling activities that we can always pull out, but sometimes it is just fun to pull out something a little less blatantly “school.” I say blatantly because most of these things I still consider to be fairly educational. But they do not know that. Ahem. So let me introduce you to my list of cold and rainy day activities. The indoor version. Because you can still get outside during these days, too.
I was skeptical of this one. I had heard soo many good things about kinetic sand and I just was imagining sand in my kitchen…migrating to my carpet…getting everywhere. And I just do not love sand that much. But after a while, my curiosity was definitely heightened. For Christmas of 2018, my dad got the kids a playset of kinetic sand. I gingerly opened it the first time expecting the worst but was pleasantly surprised. It truly sticks together and stays where it should be. We have a very strict rule that it can only be used at the kitchen table, but it’s been easy to keep clean and in one spot with that rule!
All of my kids love puzzles. Some friends got us a map puzzle of the United States and it is a great way for the kids to learn their states. And for the little ones, it is great problem solving skills and good coordination techniques which are super healthy for them. We’ve had many Melissa & Doug Puzzles through the years, too. I admit I have a love hate relationship with puzzles, because I hate storing them and they feel like clutter. But they are truly good for the kids, and they make great cold and rainy day activities.
All of my kids adore these Draw.Write.Now books! They are simple step by step instructions for drawing animals and other objects, and the kids have no idea that I count this as art for their school. They simply love to draw and create. I keep some of their best ones for the school binder to turn in to our homeschool advisors, and others I use as cards for thank you notes or other ways to connect with family that do not live in Alaska. And obviously we display them on our fridge too! This is probably one of my favorite cold and rainy day activities!
LCD Writing Tablets
These LCD Writing Tablets are sort of like old fashioned magnadoodles, but you can get much more precise lines. Then press a single circular delete button and everything is magically cleared. You can play tic tac toe or other games on them, practice handwriting skills, or simply draw. Our kids play on these for hours and sincerely enjoy them.
The children love creating small gifts, magnets, and ornaments with perler beads. It’s also great fine motor skills practice, which is something we practice a lot to go along with the little ones’ occupational therapy. And I love that the kids can create gifts for other and are learning about giving to others and thinking about their friends and family.
One simply cannot write about cold and rainy day activities and forget about Legos. Obviously these are more on the toy side. But, some of my favorite moments as a family, are when we all are gathered around the LEGO bag, laughing, talking, and building. We recently began not keeping our Legos out all the time, which make them more special and fun when we do pull them out.
Cold and Rainy Day Activities – Indoor Edition
So there you have it! Those are our top favorite indoor, hands-on activities for those cold and rainy days when you aren’t sure what to do with those antsy kids! We also incorporate lots of homeschooling, and we play games together too! And we obviously get outside as much as we can – even in the rain! What are your favorite ways to entertain your kiddos during these cold and rainy days? Be sure to comment below and follow our Instagram page so that you can learn more about our Alaska life, along with other helpful tips and tricks!