Friday, November 2, 2012

Autumn Activities for Rainy Days

Here in the Pacific Northwest, Autumn means changing leaves, apple cider, and RAIN.
Lots and Lots of Rain.

Hannah is an active kid, and just a few days into the rainy season she was about to climb the walls.
This mom needed to figure out some activities to help pass the time - and fast.

Here is a video where I detail 3 cheap and quick activities that are fall themed.  Best of all, you can edit them to fit your child's developmental age.

The first activity is a painting project.  Hannah and I discussed the changing (and falling) leaves in our backyard, and the various colors we saw.  I used finger paint, and each color had a dedicated plate and champagne cork.  You could also use wooden stamps, cut up sponges, or fingerprints for older kids.  I painted the tree trunk and let it dry for a few minutes before we started.

Here's Hannah adding the orange layer:

And showing off the red stamp.

She was so proud of herself when she was all done!

We're going to frame it and add it to our Autumn decor.

This next project was done with die cut foam leaves, and a sharpie.  You could substitute cardstock or poster board and cut whatever seasonally appropriate shape you like.

If your child does well with small objects, and there aren't younger children in the home, you could add another layer to this activity by having the child add and count beads.

This is how I stored the activity on our shelves:

tip: Goodwill is a great place to find these wooden trays.  They're usually from Melissa & Doug toys, but I always see them for less than $2 in various sizes and configurations.  They're great to have in your supply closet. 

The third activity is detailed in the video:

I've added this blog post to my Pinterest account. 
Check it, and my other pins, out!

What is your child's favorite rainy day activity?


  1. Those beads are a major choking hazard, i hope you store it on s shelf up HIGh and not on those low ones in your playroom.

    1. She IS a grown women, I'm more than confident she knows not to let her child reach them.

  2. I'm sure Carla has thought of that.

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