Can anyone else agree that this has been a very rainy summer so far? It has been at least here in Michigan. These long stretches of rainy days are the worst with my kids. Not only do they get scared when it thunders, but they also get bored being stuck inside all day.This week the weather man is again calling for rain. All. Week. Long.No worries though! We are not going to let the weather keep us down! Last night, after hearing the rainy forecast for this week, I sat down with a pad of paper and the kids and I came up with several great ideas to keep us having fun this week during the rain. Also, to keep us from getting scared, we put together a Duracell preparedness kit so we would be ready for whatever situation may arise.
Being prepared helps us all feel more in control of our environment and therefore less worrisome when bad weather strikes.
In our weather preparedness kit we put together a bag of things that we thought we would need in order to keep us safe, entertained and calm when bad weather strikes. First, we made a list. Then we went to the store and gathered together everything that our family thought we would need during inclement weather. We then decided to keep everything in a place where we knew it would be easily found.
How many times have you scrambled through your house when the lights went out looking for a flashlight or had to quickly leave your home for a safer retreat? Yep, me too. That is why we put together this kit. Everything we think we would need is now hanging in a backpack in our front closet.
Here are a few of the things we decided to put in our kit:
– Battery operated lantern
– Extra Duracell batteries
– Flashlights (one for each family member)
– Sticker and coloring books
– A book for reading as a family
– Bottled water/shelf stable snacks
– Cordless phone charger
– Battery powered radio
– Pet supplies (a leash, ect.)
– Rain gear
– First aid kit
– Disposable camera (to document any damage)
– A stuffed animal for each kid.
Now that we are prepared for bad weather, we can relax and have fun while we are stuck indoors. From the brilliant minds of my children, here are 8 fun things to do when it rains.
1) Pretend you are traveling to the rainforest.
My kids love to use their imaginations and take imaginary trips. When the rain is really coming down we like to pretend that we are in the rainforest. We talk about how cool it is to see the gigantic trees and use our flashlights to look for rainforest animals and insects.
If you really listen to a storm, it sounds beautiful. If we are getting tense, I like to open the windows, lay on our backs, close our eyes and just listen. Listen to the sound of the rains pitter patter on the roof and windows. The sound of the leaves rustling in the wind. What other sounds can you hear? Maybe a rhythm or beat?
3) Make your own rainmaker.
This super easy craft allows you to re-create the sound of the rain and hear it whenever you want! Click here to view the instructions for this craft.
4) Have a flashlight scavenger hunt.
We typically loose power when it rains hard, but even if you don’t it can be fun to turn out the lights and have a flashlight scavenger hunt. Go through your house and make a list of things that you have. When the lights go out, simply hand everyone a list and a flashlight. The first one to check everything off their list wins! (Just be sure to mix the things up on everyone’s lists so they aren’t all looking for the same thing at the same time)
5) Have a shadow puppet show.
Use your flashlights and your hands to put on a show up on the wall. This is great ol’ fashioned fun.
We do this quite often as it is. However, there is something fun about reading next to a lantern or candlelight.
7) Play with sidewalk chalk.
Yes, you can actually do this indoors. Simply buy a long roll of paper and create your own sidewalk to color on!
8) Once the storm passes,and it is safe to do so, go outside and jump in puddles.