Olive Tree Education and Care in Bayfair, Mount Maunganui is led by a male head-teacher who facilitates a fun learning programme. This is a centre where boys can be boys and girls can do anything! We care for children aged 6 months – 5 years.
Fun Rainy Day Activity Ideas
There’s heaps of outdoor things to do on a sunny day in and around The Mount.
But when the rain comes out, don’t stress. Rainy days with preschoolers don’t have to be either stressful or boring.
Here’s a few ideas we’ve gathered on how to make the most of a rainy day at home with your preschooler!
Philip Brickell | Head Teacher
Olive Tree Education and Care
1. Head Outside!
A wise person once said, “There is no inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing.” So, why not embark on a rainy adventure? Put on a jacket and head outside to ride bikes. Splashing in puddles with an umbrella is equally fun!
2. Set Up Tents Inside
There is something magical about setting up a little world within a world. Sure, it will make a mess of the living room – but the memories your kids will make as they transform sheets, boxes and tables into imaginative forts and castles will make up for it!
3. Colour Your Day Bright
Rainy days are a great opportunity to get out the paints, clay, paper and colouring-in pencils. Put a sheet on the floor or a cloth on the kitchen table and enjoy a creative morning or afternoon.
You could even join in yourself with an adult colouring in book! They are all the rage now and you can impress your kids with your creativity. They’ll love comparing colours with you and you can have all sorts of philosophical discussions over whether or not it’s important to ‘colour within the lines’!
4. Watch A Movie
On a sunny day you are always turning the TV off and sending the kids outside to play. A rainy day is the day to embrace the magical world of children’s movies! Bring out duvets, make popcorn, snuggle in and make an event of it.
5. Rainy Day Baking
Why not fill your home with the wonderful smells of home baking and your cake-tins with something delicious? Little hands are always willing to help or to lick the spoon. There are many healthy, refined-sugar free baking options to experiment with. Beth, who blogs at Hungry Cub right here in Tauranga, has come up with a healthy twist on the Kiwi classic ‘Afghan’. Her own little ‘hungry cub’ definitely likes to help. (As does Sebastian the cat!)
CLICK HERE for Hungry Cub Afghan Biscuits Recipe (Gluten, Grain, Egg & Dairy Free)
6. Reading Books
Why not take a trip the library and get out a big pile of books for cozy rainy-day reading? Milo, duvet, books – perfect.
7. Go Rainbow Hunting
After the rain you are likely to spot some spectacular rainbows in the sky. Talk to your preschooler about rainbows and get them to keep an eye out for them. Perhaps the child who spots the rainbow first gets a prize!
8. Light The Fire
There is nothing better than lighting the fire on a cold and rainy day. Collecting the wood, scrunching the newspaper, lighting the fire safely – these are all tasks your little one will enjoy. Enjoy the coziness together as you sit and chat for a while or read a book together.
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At Olive Tree, Education and Care in Bayfair Mount Maunganui, you’ll find happy children in a nurturing environment, enjoying genuine relationships with caring teachers who facilitate creative play and quality learning experiences.
Our centre is led by a male head-teacher who facilitates a fun learning programme where boys can be boys and girls can do anything! Parents love the spacious and caring babies and toddlers unit. We care for children aged 6 months – 5 years.