We’ve all had those moments, where it’s gloomy and raining outside and as much as we’d love to ship the little ones outside for some fresh air, we can’t. The only noise in our houses are the ones coming from our children’s mouths saying “I’m bored!” over and over and we feel that at any minute our heads are going to explode. Obviously in that moment we are drawing a blank and can’t think of anything that can possibly take their boredom away and return our feelings of sanity.
It is because of feeling this way one to many times that I along with my oldest son have created a Rainy Day Bin, which really just combines a few of my sons favorite things that only get pulled out on those miserable (of course I’m talking about the weather) days, this way they are not bored with the items yet. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A plastic bin or if you have a big enough cardboard box you can use that
- Coloring book and crayons
- Reading books
- Learning books and/or flash cards
- Stickers and sticker books
- Plain paper and craft supplies
- Play-Doh and tools
- Deck of cards
- Play pretend items – doctors kit, tools, tiny tea party set, etc…
As you can see everything on this list can be purchased at the dollar store so it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. What would you store in your rainy day bin?
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Great post Amanda ☺ We’re always in need of something to do when it’s rainy and a rainy day bin sounds like a great idea! Not only is it something for the kids to do but they can also help make it.
They can help make it and fill it with their favorites… that was the best part for my son!
I love the idea of having a rainy day bin premade and ready to go. We have themed bins (i.e. kitchen play) but not one specifically for a rainy day.. We will have to make one! Thanks for the inspiration. We appreciate that you shared this on Artsy Play Wednesday today. Please stop by and share more of your posts. : 0 )
My son loves it so much that he will say “When is it going to rain, so we can play with the rainy day bin…” 🙂