A few days ago I gave you some awesome ways to keep the kids entertained during the summer, but what happens when the outdoor activities when it’s raining outside? Don’t worry I’ve got some fun options for you, plus a really adorable Jello Legos Recipe that the kids will love to make!
Remember the nursery rhyme, “Rain Rain Go Away, Little Children Want To Play”? Rainy days need not cause headaches for mothers and be boring for children. All it takes is a little planning before the next rainy day comes and you will never again have the problem of bored children looking for something to do.
Special Rainy Day Box Of Toys
In our home we set aside a special box of toys that only come out on rainy days. That’s the rule and we stick to it. Children tend to get bored with the toys they play with on a daily basis so by sticking to the rainy day toy box rule you will never encounter this problem.
There is no need not go broke trying to fill your rainy day toy box. Remember to keep it simple. Rainy days are great days for arts and crafts projects, painting, science experiments, cooking with mom or even just watching special rainy day videos.
Get yourself a large twenty gallon plastic container with a lid or even two smaller sizes. Just remember that this box will need to be stored away on sunny days so consider your storage needs before purchasing.
Start your box off with things from around your house. Save all empty containers from your kitchen. Empty large round oatmeal boxes are always a big hit with children and can be transformed into anything from a rocket ship to a piggy bank. Do the same thing with the finished paper towel rolls and the toilet paper rolls.
What and where to get items for the rainy day box
Visit your local dollar store and pick up a few dollar toys, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glitter and glue. Don’t forget to pick up the unconventional. In the kitchen isle look for plastic measuring cups so the kids can measure just how much rain really did come down.
A cheap unbreakable thermometer and barometer will keep them busy also. How about a ruler and measuring tape or even a compass? Just use your imagination and let the kids come up with the ideas on how to use them.
Craft Books On Rainy Days
There are some great craft books at bookstores that you can buy and also keep in your rainy day box. Choose one that has all types of craft projects to try. We have also added large pasta that can be strung for necklaces and alphabet pasta for writing words and gluing onto construction paper. The same can be done with rice.
For added fun we use food coloring to dye the pasta and rice different colors.
A pile of old magazines are great for cutting and gluing collages. Toss in some music tapes or Cd’s and some special books for reading. What goes into your box is limited only by your imagination.
Don’t forget to keep adding new things so that each time your kids open their rainy day toy box there is a new adventure waiting for them.
More Rainy Day Toy Box Ideas
The sky is the limit! You can use beads, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers, puzzles, puzzle books, popsicle sticks, magic markers, colored pencils, yarn, paper coffee filters, deck of cards and paper plates.
Jello Legos Recipe
These are so much fun to make! To get started you will need to get a mold for the jello legos. The best part is that each mold is under $5 shipped on Amazon Prime! There are some great varieties for the kids to choose from:
Types Of Jello Legos trays
- JELL-O Play Jungle Build + Eat Gelatin Dessert Kit
- JELL-O Play Ocean Build + Eat Gelatin Dessert Kit (6 oz Box)
- JELL-O Play Sky Build + Eat Gelatin Dessert Kit (6 oz Box)
- JELL-O Play Construction Cutters Gelatin Dessert Kit (6 oz Box)
The best part is that it’s super simple to create lots of fun with these molds, and keep the kids busy–even when it’s nice outside! 🙂
Here are the full instructions for the Jello Legos (or whichever tray you choose!). Enjoy and have fun making these with the kids!
A super easy recipe that makes lego shaped jello bites!
- Jell-O Play Jungle Build Mold, washed if new
- Red, yellow, orange and blue Jell-O
- Pot to boil water
- 4 glass measuring cups
1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil on high heat.
2. Empty the 3oz packets into each measuring cup and mix in 1/2 cup of boiling water.
3. Keep mixing each cup until the Jell-O is dissolved.
4. Lightly spray the molds with cooking spray.
5. Carefully pour the Jell-O into the LEGO molds.
6. You can mix colors to make other colors like green by mixing a little blue with yellow.
7. Set in fridge for 4-6 hours, carefully remove the Jell-O LEGOS from the molds and enjoy!