With spring, comes rain. April showers bring May flowers and all. Which puts a damper on fun outings with the littles.
The fun doesn’t have to stop though! You just have to bring the fun indoors.
Not sure how to do that? I can help with that!
Here are some fun rainy day field trips!
we’re going on a bear hunt in the house
One of my kid’s favorite books is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury*.
So I decided to create an indoor bear hunt on a rainy day!
We went through the long, wavy grass. We crossed the river. We got messy in the mud. We made our way through the forest. We survived a snowstorm. And we made it to the bear’s cave!
To create the grass I taped green crepe paper to the ceiling.
To create the river I used an empty storage bin and filled it with water.
To create the mud I used this cloud dough recipe.
To create the forest I used the cardboard forest I had created for Little Bear’s first birthday.
To create the snowstorm we let the kids have a snowball fight with giant marshmallows.
Lastly, to create the bear’s cave I just covered our kitchen table with blankets and put some bear stuffed animals in there.
We read the story and then had some squishy, wet, sticky fun!
And then mom got to clean it all up.
drive in movie
What kid doesn’t love a good movie on a rainy day?!
To make these super easy box cars just hop over to my how to post!
To create this rainy day adventure all you need is…
Or you could just use your television. 🙂
Can’t go to the amusement park and ride a rollercoaster?!
Have some stairs in your house?!
Create your own rollercoaster!
This one is probably not for everyone; but hey! with adult super vision you greatly decrease your chances of anyone getting hurt.
All you need for this rollercoaster is a stair case (one with a turn if you like to live dangerously), a crib mattress (we found this is the perfect width), and
scared willing kids!
It also helps to be in good shape because after the fiftieth time of carrying that mattress up the stairs this mom was EXHAUSTED! But it was SO much fun!
teddy bear picnic
Do you love a good picnic?!
How about having a teddy bear picnic indoors?!
We had this one outside at the Theodore Roosevelt Island in D.C.; but it is easily an inside adventure!
All you need are some teddy bears, a picnic blanket, and a lunch!
I made cute, mini picnic baskets out of paper using this tutorial. I just did one handle instead of two. They were super easy and the kids thought it was great to have their own little basket.
If you want an on theme lunch idea…
This is a super easy one!
A bear shaped sandwich with whatever type of sandwich your littles prefer. Some s’mores trail mix – just teddy grahams, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips! Lastly, a bear’s favorite snack, blueberries.
When all else fails, play in the rain!
Just grab some cute rain boots!
A cute rain coat!
And a fun umbrella!
Who knew playing in the rain could be so cute?!
Bonus points if you wear a tutu!
Once dressed, go on a hunt for the biggest puddle and dive on in!
*click on any of the supply list items or the book or rain gear photos and it will link you to where you can purchase them! these are affiliate links, so if you make a purchase my blog will make some money and then i can keep on blogging! so that would be awesome!*
What do you do for fun on a rainy day?! Do any of these sound like a good way to spend a day indoors?!