Activities for Little Monkeys on Rainy Days

May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

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It’s cold and wet outside and you start to get the sinking feeling that cabin fever is setting in. Then you hear that whiney tone again like tinnitus in your ears… and you remember. Babies aren’t entertained or occupied for hours by a good book on the couch, snuggled up under the duvet. Damn it. 

Let’s build a castle with your blocks. Two minutes pass, block castle is built and dismantled in record time and our baby has already moved onto the next ‘activity’. Showing off his multitasking skills Ollie is pushing all the buttons on the DVD player while sucking on the remote like a lollipop.

Books? Oh no, that’s right we read all your books. Sesame Street eBook? Yay! Thank god for the Sesame Street eBooks and videos when your knees can’t handle another horsey ride, you are low on motivation or new ideas for entertainment.

We have been particularly fortunate on our travels through Chile and Argentina to have had fantastic weather. The few times it rained when we were in Chile for two months it didn’t affect our plans too much. We were either on the road to the next destination or made the most of the weather and headed out for a day trip in the car.

In Bariloche we didn’t have a car. One particular week, when a cold snap was passing through, we had 3-4 days in a row of wild weather. Slowly exhausting all the resources we had we realised we needed to improvise! That was when Alec’s sled construction project took shape. Check out his video below for an ‘enthralled’ Ollie who manages to ride in the sled completely poker face. Perhaps he’d taken lessons from Mr Bean riding the roller-coaster  What you can’t see in the video is Ollie’s face light up as he bounces in the cart wanting more every time we stopped. What you can see in the video is the dad’s super proud face giving away his excitement about building a sled.

Below is a list of activities we’ve used during our time on the road in South America to entertain Ollie on rainy days. Hopefully it gives you some inspiration or ideas if you’re stuck inside with the kidlets on a rainy day 🙂

Activities for Children on Rainy Days:

– Start a band with pots and cooking utensils (Ollie loves playing dad’s ukulele too)

– Dance and sing to Latino music (thanks to a couple of CDs in our current apartment this is Ollie’s new favourite genre)

– Build cubby houses with the sofa cushions and sleeping bags

– Build a sled from a cardboard box (and for the OCD dads, film the sledding with GoPros – plural!)

– Finger (or toe) painting with yoghurt (I learnt this from the fabulous Indigo Garden in Buenos Aires)

– Watch a Sesame Street video online, or read couple of their free eBooks

– Check out Play Create Explore’s website for other fantastic ideas like; a baby sensory bin, playing with measuring cups, making an autumn collage, painting with water, corn shucking, egg shell sensory play. (Note: a lot of these would be easier at home instead of an apartment while travelling, but there are a few good ideas).

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Activities for Children on Rainy Days While Travelling  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

We’d love to know if you have any other great suggestions for entertaining children on rainy days while travelling, so leave a comment below!

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