Monsoon showers are all very well—but have you and your tot got stir crazy? Follow our top suggestions for indoors fun on a rainy day
When it’s pouring with rain and you’ve been stuck in the house all day, someone’s bound to have a screaming tantrum—and you won’t be the only one! No doubt, the monsoon months can take their toll on both you and your tot, and you’re looking for ideas for keeping her amused. So we’ve come to the rescue with all the indoor activities you need to make rainy days play days, without too much preparation… or clearing up!
If the weatherman’s forecasting a week of rain, knock up a batch of play dough. It keeps in the fridge in an airtight box for up to two weeks. “Ahaan has a fab time with play dough, rolling it out and using biscuit shapers,” says Meghna Singh, mum to Ahaan, two, and Jehaan, 15 weeks. “I always keep some in the fridge now,” she confesses.
“On rainy days, I strip Niharika down to her nappy, get the paints out, cover the floor in paper and let her do as she pleases,” says Naina Salunke, whose daughter is 21 months old. “She paints with her fingers and hands, arms and legs, and I just bathe her when she’s finished,” she laughs.
Wet, wet, wet
Puddle jumping is always fun on a rainy day, but if you can’t face donning gumboots and raincoats, let your tot make a splash indoors instead. Stand her on a chair at the sink, fill the washing up bowl with water and give her plastic containers, jugs, sieves and funnels to play with. Pouring, filling and emptying will give her an off-the-cuff science lesson, too.
Dress to impress
Your tot may not be able to literally run wild indoors, but her imagination certainly can. Dressing up is an easy and creative pastime, so dig out your old clothes, shoes and jewellery and watch her transform herself into a princess, dancer, doctor, builder and more.
Little one bursting with energy? Then build an indoor assault course for her to charge around. “We make a course using boxes, quilts and cushions,” says Tushna Netarwalla, mum to Zaheen, three, and Farhan, four weeks. “Zaheen loves diving under blankets and climbing cushion ‘mountains’!” she says.
“A big blanket thrown over four chairs makes a great indoor tent,” says Namrata Chandiramani, mum to Dani, 22 months “Dani takes her teddies and dollies in there for hours. And it’s quick to set up,” notes Natasha.
Ever noticed how the longer your little one is cooped up, the noisier she gets? Channel her exuberance into a more productive activity, by putting a CD on and encouraging her to play along with musical instruments. You can’t go wrong with a plastic bottle filled with rice, or saucepans and wooden spoons for an impromptu drum kit.
A good old boogie will get your toddler smiling, so crank up the radio and let her dance her cares away. If she’s got siblings, see who can do the funniest/fastest dancing, or join in yourself, getting her to copy your actions. Keep-fit videos will get her moving, too, and you’ll get a giggle at her expense!