Rainy days can seem difficult with young children in the house, but it is a great opportunity to encourage physical and mental wellness at a young age. Below is one of the many Web M.D tips to utilize those rainy days!
Move to Your Imagination
Offer up a few ideas for creative ways to move and then let your kids' imaginations run free. Encourage kids to bend all around like a tree swaying in the wind. Have kids use their arms to spin like a helicopter or zoom like a fire truck through the streets. Show kids how to use arms and legs to cut like scissors. Help kids twist into shapes of letters in the alphabet.
Do-It-Yourself Indoor Olympics
Compete in family indoor Olympic events with items around your house (clear away the breakables first!):
Bowling: Set up empty water bottles and knock 'em down with a ball.
Hockey: Grab a squishy ball for a puck and brooms for sticks.
Volleyball: Stretch a piece of string or yarn between two chairs. Hit a balloon back and forth over the net while sitting. Mix it up by playing on your knees, or hitting the balloon with your feet.
Gather a Hula-Hoop Group
Head to the garage -- or clear some space -- for some hula-hoop fun. Kids can exercise different parts of the body by hooping around their waists, arms, or legs. Lay hoops on the floor in patterns so kids can jump from one to another. You can also toss hoops trying to loop them over stationary items. Or see who can roll their hoop the farthest.
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