Family Fun on a Rainy Day

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Family Fun on a Rainy Day
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As refreshing and calming as a rainy day may seem, a day inside can put a serious crimp in many families' plans. Don’t let a few raindrops halt the fun, though. Be inventive and create family fun day designed just for rainy days. With a few tips and ideas to get your family engaged, you’ll be wishing for more raindrops in the future.

Back to the Drawing Board
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Back to the Drawing Board

Suggest that your family members express themselves through art. Get mural-size plain white paper and tape it to a bare wall in your house. Have each family member draw and color a picture with a story. Once the artwork is complete, have each person tell his or her own story about each creation. “This gives your kids an opportunity to express themselves with expansive language that tells their story,” says Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills, California-based psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.”

Cooking Up a Storm
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Cooking Up a Storm

Engage the kids in choosing the menu, plan, prepare and organize a special family dinner for the rainy day. “This is a fabulous opportunity to work as a team,” said Walfish. Make the project a learning lesson, too, with math lessons while measuring and pouring ingredients. “Group collaboration gives kids a feeling of belonging,” she said. “This is exactly what every child and adult longs for.”

Step Back in Time
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Step Back in Time

Spark a few giggles and many memories on a rainy day by breaking out old home videos. Your kids will get a kick out of seeing younger versions of themselves and their parents captured on video over time. From musical performances to holiday gatherings, these videos also offer mom and dad a chance to talk about the past, present and future while giggling at retro hairstyles and outdated wardrobes.

Energetic Exercises
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Energetic Exercises

A rainy day doesn't have to keep your family down. Get fit and moving with indoor exercises and interactive games. Move the furniture out of the way and make room for some fit fun. From a yoga lesson from mom to a dance off with the kids, your family can keep moving and grooving despite the gloomy skies.

Written Wonders
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Written Wonders

A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to tap into your family’s imagination. Let their creative minds run wild by compiling a collaborative story together. Brainstorm story ideas as a group, assign each family member a portion of the story and then put it all together with illustrations. Mom and dad can even bind or glue the book together so it can be shared with family and friends.

Game On
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Game On

Not all games need to be played outside. Scour the hall closet or toy room for a board game the entire family can play. From Chutes and Ladders to Monopoly, a family game session can encourage friendly competition and a lesson in cooperation. Teach your child a few old tricks with old-fashioned card games, too.

Family Fort Fun
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Family Fort Fun

What better way to get cozy than to take pillows, cushions and blankets and build a fort together? The entire family can crawl inside, get cozy, hibernate and create an indoor camping experience. “Kids enjoy regressing into this game, which unconsciously reminds them of being cozy and secure inside mommy’s womb,” said Walfish.

Reading is Fundamental
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Reading is Fundamental

Nothing seems more perfect on a rainy day than curling up with a book. But why not involve the whole family? Pick a few family favorites to read aloud and assign characters out to each family member. Get into it with funny voices and even costumes. This gets your kids reading while making the family book collection come alive.

Quiet Cuddling
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Quiet Cuddling

When raindrops are pouring down, take advantage of the moment by cuddling up together on the couch. “Sometimes, it’s fun to just sit on mommy and daddy’s lap, be rocked, have songs sung to you, and remember how cozy, safe and warm it felt to be a baby,” Walfish said. “It can nourish your child’s self-esteem and soul.”

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