Spring Break always makes me think of sunny days, warmer weather, and being outside. The kiddo and I have some big plans for our break – mostly involving bike riding and goofing off out in the sun. But what to do if a big old storm cloud decides to visit? That’s where these rainy day activities come in – one idea for each day of the week!
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I was recently asked by The J.M Smucker Company to share some real Spring Break solutions for parents. My son and I have had our spring break plans rained out before, so I knew a handful of awesome rainy day activities for the kiddos would be in order!
Before jumping into our spring break activities, the kiddo and I made a list to take to Walmart. First, we had to decide on snacks. My son’s growing again, so knowing what snacks are available is important! 🙂 We knew we wanted something easy that we both liked, and we wanted snacks that we could bring with us no matter what we ended up doing during our break. We settled on bananas, apples, popcorn, saltine crackers, Smucker’s® Uncrustables®, Smucker’s® Squeeze™, and Jif® To Go™. Those are all easily tucked into lunch bags, alongside water bottles, and toted around town if the weather’s nice. They’re also easily put into the snack drawers for quick access if we’re at home because of the rain.
The rest of our Walmart shopping list included books, movies, liquid starch, tissue paper, baking soda, flavored gelatin, and vinegar. Don’t let the simple (and kind of goofy) list fool you – those items can lead to so much fun during spring break!
spring break rainy day activities
Have a book and movie marathon
My son and I have started to read the Harry Potter series, and we are having a blast! A rainy spring break day would be perfect for cuddling up and reading a book or two together. Once the book’s done, we plan to watch the corresponding movie for a different perspective.
A rainy spring break day is great for testing out new slime “recipes”, too! The kiddo’s mentioned that he wants to make our easy gold slime again. But I think we’ll try our bee slime, perfect for the springtime!
Create spring tissue paper art
This spring tissue paper art project will keep kids’ minds and bodies engaged for quite some time! We have a big sliding glass door in our living room that would be perfect for this rainy day activity.
Be rain artists
As long as it’s not a thunderstorm, we like to get outside in the rain (even if it’s just for a little while). Grab some chalk and make some transient art on the sidewalk. It’s so fun for the kiddos to see how different the chalk art looks when water comes into play! Before going out, draw some pictures with markers on watercolor paper. Then place it in the rain and see what happens.
Experiment with rainbows
A rainy day is perfect for talking about rainbows. Even better, make your own fizzy rainbows! We had such fun exploring chemical reactions, color theory, and our senses with this simple experiment.
Have a dance party
My son’s getting more into music now, so he has a variety of songs on my computer. We will definitely be putting together our own “spring break dance party” playlist. Dancing around the house listening to our favorite music sounds like a great way to spend a rainy spring break day!
Make soap foam
Just because it’s a dreary day outside, doesn’t mean you can’t have some color inside! Make colorful, scented soap foam with the kids. This could even be done in the bathtub for super fast clean up.
Be sure to hop on over and check out more #snackation ideas from The J.M. Smucker Company!
What rainy day activities would your kiddos enjoy if Spring Break is rained out?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M Smucker Company . The opinions and text are all mine.
Rainy Day Books
If you’re a regular reader of Fun-A-Day, then you probably already know just how much I love sharing books with my preschoolers. And it’s so important to read to kids as often as possible. So, I decided to create a list of my favorite rainy day books for preschoolers. Check it out below.
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- Worm Weather by Jean Taft
- On a Rainy Day by Sarah LuAnn Perkins
- Splish Splash!: A Book About Rain
- The Little Raindrop by Dubravka Kolanovic
- Frog’s Rainy Day Fable & Other Stories by Michael James Dowling
- Rainy Day Slug by Mary Palenick Colborn
- Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood
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