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There’s nothing worse than a bored child trapped inside on a rainy day, unless you’ve also run out of coffee but I don’t even want to think about that kind of living hell.
If you’ve got children that can happily play independently for hours, well you could probably teach me a thing or two because my kiddos aren’t quite there yet. Unless you count computer games… that counts right?
In this day and age where technology is the devil, there are loads of ways that you can encourage independent play with no-prep activities. Providing the kids with a loosely structured activity enables them to express their creativity and use their imagination while you sip happily on your coffee in a ‘supervisory’ role and limits the amount of stir crazy tantrums or muddy footprints trekked through the house in rainy weather.
Using supplies that are found around the home or purchased for $2 from Kmart, you can easily throw together an activity that will make it seem like you’ve got this parenthood thing all figured out. Now I’m not going to pretend I know what I’m doing and provide a list of engaging and educational activities because acting like I don’t get all my ideas from other bloggers would be a blatant lie. Let’s not pretend any of these ideas are originals and give the credit to the real hero… Pinterest.
A quick search for kid’s activities and you’ll find a goldmine of sensory box, busy bags and no-prep fun, or check out Activities for Kids on The Cold Coffee Tribe’s Pinterest profile for enough activity inspo to keep you going all year long.
If you’re an Instagram fan you can’t go past the 3 accounts that have saved my sanity ( and made me feel like a better parent)
Susie from Busy Toddler shares easy activities to keep her kids entertained, in her bio she has written ‘I’m just trying to make it to naps each day’, so I know she’s my people. You can grab her Playing Preschool book for 190 days of at home activities here.
Priscila is a Mum and Pediatric Occupational Therapist who structures play-based learning around developmental principles. You’ll find loads of simple activity inspiration to keep your kids occupied on her Instagram account.
Beth is the creator of Breakfast Invitations, a term that describes a loosely structured activity that is largely child-led and can be set down at the breakfast table for kids to enjoy while Mum prepares a meal, but they’re fantastic ideas for any time of day!
How these ladies come up with so many amazing ideas is beyond me! But I love their authentic approach and the fact that they know to make it as Easy. As. Possible. for us already-exhausted Mummas.
What is your go-to activity for rainy days? Head to our Facebook group, Mums Who Drink Cold Coffee and let me know.
Lea Sharp is a content creator and hot mess Mum in Brisbane, QLD. As a tired Mum of 3, Lea is a passionate advocate for maternal mental health and helps like-minded Mums make life that little bit easier through The Cold Coffee Tribe, a lifestyle website for everyday Mums.