Friday, May 22, 2009

Eighty-Three Things To Do on a Rainy Day!

In preparation of my TV-free summer I've been asking my boys, combing through internet sites, and yes, even pilfering great ideas from other bloggers on things to-do. Special thank you to Gina from Unpink Life for her awesome list from last summer, as you can see many ideas came from her. Some of the rest are mine, but mostly this is just a compilation of ideas from lots of places. Please feel free to share yours! I love to hear more and I'll add them to the list to benefit all! And stay tuned for the even longer list of things to do on nice days!

I must apologize, I made my list specific to my family, but I think you get the picture!

Rainy Day Things to Do

1. Bake a pie with fresh fruit
2. Bake banana bread
3. Bake cookies
4. Build a time capsule
5. Build with Legos
6. Compare a book to a movie
7. Cook dinner for friends and surprise deliver it to them
8. Create a new world
9. Create fun “to-do” chore jars
10. Create your own holiday
11. Cut up an old greeting card picture and make a puzzle
12. Dance in the rain
13. Design a family flag
14. Discover a new favorite author or book series
15. Do “spontaneous problems” from OM
16. Picnic with a blanket on the kitchen floor on a rainy day
17. Donate some of the toys and clothes you no longer use
18. Go bowling (http://wwwkidsbowlfreecom/)
19. Go out for ice cream
20. Go to story time at the library
21. Have a family game night
22. Have a handmade pizza party
23. Have a music/house cleaning party
24. Have a pillow fight
25. Host a tea party
26. Invent a new dance
27. Invent your own board game
28. Keep your brain going (with brain teasers)
29. Learn a new word Use it
30. Learn about a new place and have a meal based on that area
31. Learn about fireworks
32. Learn the Greek alphabet
33. Learn to crochet
34. Learn to play chess
35. Learn to sew
36. Learn to sew
37. Make (and eat!) Crash Hot Potatoes
38. Make a bird feeder
39. Make a bird house
40. Make a cd mix and burn it for the car
41. Make a collage from magazine words and pictures
42. Make a cool 100 chart for younger sibling or friend
43. Make a craft out of recyclables
44. Make a fire safety plan
45. Make a nighttime cd mix
46. Make a tech deck park
47. Make funny faces
48. Make home-made play dough
49. Make ice cream sandwiches
50. Make pancakes
51. Make pirate costumes
52. Make rock monsters for the garden
53. Make silly putty
54. Make something from recyclables
55. Make strawberry freezer jam
56. Paint a portrait of your best friend
57. Paint your face
58. Play dress-up
59. Practice spanish
60. Print some pictures and decorate plain frames
61. Put notes inside of balloons and hand them out to friends
62. Read a story to someone
63. Redecorate boys bedroom for a new school year!
64. Research your family tree
65. Scrapbook photos taken over summer
66. Send a postcard
67. Share your favorite movie with a friend
68. Start a collection
69. Sword fight
70. Take airplane rides on Daddy's feet
71. Tell ghost stories
72. Tint some shaving cream, spread it in a baking pan, and doodle or write words
73. Travel in time
74. Turn a big box into something cool
75. Visit ECHO on a rainy day
76. Visit the library
77. Visit the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and build a new friend
78. Wash your hair with shampoo in the summer rain
79. Wrestle
80. Write a fairy tale
81. Write a letter
82. Write a poem
83. Write a song



Brilliant! I LOVE number 12 :0)

KnockKnocking said...

This is just great! Now I know where to turn if it is stormy outside!

Zamzam Design said...

84. Read Little Dickens fantastic list of ideas ;)

Sandee said...

I love that list! Thank you for visiting my blog too!

Chris Stone said...

family flag, pirate costumes, and a song. That sounds like a fun day!

Momma J said...

That is a great list!

Delainie said... is awesome! Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a fun summer, can I move in? lol

LillyShayStyle said...

I'll have to refer back to this list on a rainy day when we have nothing to do ;)

Cindys Creative Crochet said...

Sounds good I should try with my crew!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Great ideas! I copied your list and posted it to note for myself to look back on. I always feel a little panicky thinking about summer. And we watch way to much tv in our house, so I'm lovin' the tv free summer. Good luck with that:)

Squirrel said...

Great ideas here! Currently I am living in Maine for the next 7 weeks...we have no TV and VERY limited cell phone service. Internet is available, but only in select locations...I will probably be coming back to this list a lot!

AtHomeWithSewSuzanne said...

That is a great list!! Wow! We homeschool our girls, and limit TV time always. You have some really great activities here. Mind if I steal one or two....

Little Dickens Designs said...

These are not all my ideas! I've compiled this list from various sources and hope it helps anyone who is interested! It's all about having fun, right?

Sheryl Karas said...

Great list!

trudette, said...

Great list , now all I have to do is for it to start raining :)

Audrey said...

That is a long list!! Would never be able to come up with one like that. Wonderful list though!!

Vanessa said...

Great list!