Our weather today is gorgeous, sunny, warm, and as delightful as any spring day has a right to be.
However, the weatherman is predicting cool temperatures and rain next week. I’m not a big fan of rainy days. I much prefer the sunshine. But there are some fun ways to beat those gloomy days.
No matter your age, an indoor scavenger hunt can be a fun way to pass a few rainy hours. Have one person in charge of hiding the “treasure” and creating the clues. Participants can work together, or individually. This works even if there are only two people joining in the fun because you can take turns creating the clues or seeking the treasure.
Make a Family Recipe Book
Do you have a bunch of cherished hand-written recipe cards, recipes clipped from old newspapers that Aunt Margaret gave you, or other family favorite recipes. Take advantage of a rainy day to organize them all together in one book. You make copies of it all (in case you want to create more than one book), glue into an empty journal or scrapbook, add family photographs or notes from special meals, and create a title page using fun stickers or fancy handwriting. If you aren’t one who enjoys playing with glue, scan in all the recipes, and create a digital book. You can do this in a program like Word or PowerPoint. You could even upload all the recipes and images to an online source like Shutterfly or CreateMyCookbook, and have professional-looking books printed.
When I was little, I loved it when Mom would let us build forts out of the couch cushions and old blankets. My nieces, nephew, and I had a blast playing in there – for hours! You can do the same for your kids. If you have a small pop up tent and the room to set it up in the house, that would be a fun alternative. Toss in pillows and blankets, a flashlight, and yummy snacks.
Host a Tea Party
My oldest niece and I used to have tea parties quite regularly when we were young. Sometimes it was with plastic play dishes. Once in a while Mom got out the antique children’s set of china my grandma gave me. And a few times we even got to eat off Mom’s good china. What an experience that gave us lasting happy memories. Create your own special tea party with the youngsters in your life. Or even invite over a few close friends for “tea.” It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Serving something salty, something savory, and something sweet along with the tea.
Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend a rainy day than curled up with a good book. Indulge in your favorite beverage and snack, snuggle into a comfy chair, and immerse yourself in the words. Or, spend time reading with your kiddos. Let each of them pick a book or two and spend time together not just reading the story, but talking about the characters, the setting, if they would give it a different ending, etc.
If you’re looking for something fun to read, give Lilac Bride a try! It’s full of springtime, laughter, and hope.