It has been a wet and windy Australia Day weekend so far here....I don't think the rain has actually stopped for 2 days....so glad we are up high as the town is on flood watch now with more rain yet to come!
The torrential rain has forced us inside so i have been madly trying to keep the toddler twosome busy with some rainy day activities....for some reason toddlers always seem to need to be kept busier when it is raining outside...have you noticed that?
We especially miss the lack of outdoor time here as Ruby needs a lot of gross motor physical type play for her sensory processing difficulties before she can relax and concentrate. We always notice her becoming quite rough with Tara, running and tripping a lot and generally displaying very 'hyped up' behaviour when she hasn't been able to run around outside for a while.
We brought a little indoor trampoline and it has been the best investment for her. When she is getting particularly rough or spinning a lot we encourage her to go and do some bouncing and she loves it. I really do believe it helps and can't recommend one highly enough to those that have sensory seekers and need that large muscle stimulation indoors.
The view from the back verandah....all weekend!
Due to the weather you see in the photo above, i have been keeping the girls busy with a few simple activities to keep us all sane this weekend! We have done some baking, some singing, visited an indoor play centre (where we had an absolutely huge breakthrough with Ruby!) had the playdough out and used our verandahs ALOT! Thank goodness for that space which allows us all to breath some fresh air and embrace a chance of pace and scenery!
You know those beautiful looking sensory tubs that have been put together with so much care? Well...this isn't one of those obviously!! It is simply a tub filled with rice, some pasta and a few oats. I add a few little prompts in there but usually the girls bring what they want to play with. At the moment they really enjoy filling tubs and the little wooden crates with 'food' for the horses and cows....
There is lots of experimenting, pouring, touching and exploring......a really simple activity to keep them busy on a wet day! I pull this one out again and again...it never disappoints! No need for the box to be elaborate...it's the sensory fun and imaginative play they enjoy!
There was fun dancing with the ribbon streamers i made the girls for Christmas (Will share how i made them in a post soon!).....I am yet to see a toddler that doesn't like to have fun with music in some way!
We shake our ribbons up high....and down low....
Then have fun hiding in them! Music and dancing is such a fun way to wear the girls out and not bad exercise for me i must say!
I was looking back over a few of our favourite rainy day and indoor activities yesterday for more ideas and thought it might be fun to share some ! The following ideas are all very basic and easy...because when you have been cooped up in the house with toddlers for a few days who has the energy to be fancy?!! Just keep them busy i say!!!
Just click on the words or pictures to follow the link to any activities you are interested in...I hope you find some fun to share with your toddler next time it rains...or even when it isn't...no need to wait for a rainy day to have fun with these activities!!
Hope you found some inspiration in the activities above for rainy day fun inside with your toddler!
What do you like to do with the kids on a rainy day?