by Manali Desai
Take a look at 6 frugal, cost-effective and amazing indoor activities for kids to stay busy this monsoon!
After the scorching summers, the rains are much needed respite. While this is certainly something to cheer about, this can be a rather boring season for your kids, who will not get the chance to go out and play often because of the fear of getting wet in the rain. With the monsoon setting in, your children might have to stay indoors a lot and they are also sure to crib about how the rains are cutting out on their play time. And obviously, you don’t want them to be out in the rains where there is a high risk of them catching an infection or fever.
But let’s admit it. You may deny it for all you can, but the fact is, monsoon brings out the kid in us like nothing can. Remember those paper boats, that getting drenched in the rain when you knew mommy would scold, those warm cups of chocolate milk, or having hot bhajiyas while enjoying the rain, and so many special memories associated with rains?
Well, who says you can’t have it all over again, just because you’ve grown up? The best part is, now you can re-create that monsoon magic and madness all over again, and that too, together with your little one!
1. Movie marathon:
Heavy rains outside can keep you under house arrest for long. You can plan a movie marathon with your kids. Arrange some popcorn or snacks and enjoy the time with your little one. You can also refer to our article on movies to enjoy with kids. Or better still, set up a play date over a round of movie marathon! Here is a list of 20 good movies to watch with your kids.
Kids love cooking ! Let them enter the kitchen with you and help you around with some small tasks like peeling potatoes, arranging the table and so on. Let them try their hand at baking a small cake or cupcakes or cookies too. Kids absolutely love getting involved in these activities. You could make them decorate the cookies or cupcakes the way they want and present it to the family during dinner.
3. Treasure hunt and tent games:
Call all the neighborhood kids home and arrange a treasure hunt game for them and your toddler. This is a great way to keep the kids engaged and entertained. What’s more! It’ll even increase their intelligence quotient. Another spin off from this could be making tents! Who said tents can only be set up under the open sky. Set up a fun camp at home itself by using umbrellas or by draping sheets over the couch.
4. A walk in the rain (outdoor):
Arrange a rain walk. It could be you and your kid, or your kid with friends, kids with friends and the parents. Take out those umbrellas and raincoats and go out, have some rain fun! Make sure it’s not raining heavily though.
5. Splish, splash splosh in the bath:
The most nostalgic childhood memory linked with monsoon season is that of playing with paper boats in the puddles and streams. But, if its raining heavily and you are unable to replicate the same, then here is an alternative. Get your kids to jump into the bath tub and let them enjoy their puddle time at home! Add some bubbles to the bath and let them play splish, splash, splosh! You can join in too 🙂
6. Water play at home:
If you don’t want to take the risk of your child getting sick because of getting wet in the rains, so, let them enjoy the water play at home itself. With the rains pouring outside, don’t you think it’s difficult to divert your toddler from not playing in the water? So why not set up an alternate water play at home. This works wonders with toddlers. Collect some rainwater in a tub or a bucket. Make paper boats out of newspapers and float them in the water. Or make holes in a bucket/mug and pour water through it. A mini rain shower is ready for your kids to play with.
We at TCT hope you will be able to recreate the monsoon magic and reminiscence your childhood days with your child with the suggestions given here. You may of course have your own ideas and use them to make this pouring season a fun and memorable one!
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