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Entertaining Your Little One on a Rainy or Cold Day

Many moms wait all winter for the spring so they can finally take their kids out to the park and let them run free to play away.

When winter comes, it can be hard to be stuck in the house all day with their babies or toddlers who are constantly onto the next thing and love playing only with your cooking pots.

blocks on floor

Dress up

Children love mimicking and dressing up.

Since they have an awesome imagination and love to enter that world, playing dress-up can be the best way for them to enter another planet.

A mom said that she and her husband are both nurses.

Their son loved playing hospital.

They purchased him a cheap first aid kit, inexpensive accessories, and some kids’ cheap scrub sets.

It worked like magic.

He played for hours in his little universe.

It’s a small investment that can keep your kids busy for so many hours.

children playing dress up


This can be an awesome way for you to give your child attention, fun, and a bonus exercise activity for you.

Simply turn on your favorite music and dance!

You will be amazed by how much fun it can be for you and your little one.

Even babies who just started standing can dance and clap away to the beat and laugh at you dancing away.

The added advantage of this is that it will wipe out all the energy in your little one, and they will go to sleep like a dream.

small children in circle dancing to music


If you have no energy after a long day of work and your kids are craving some of your attention, consider turning on a kid-friendly video.

Sit down and laugh together.

There are great educational videos that are great for your kid’s brain.

You can sit down and relax while having your child gain great knowledge.

siblings watching videos while snacking on popcorn

Local mall

These days, many malls have a great free play area for little kids with all kinds of trucks, dolls, slides, and fun toys for your little ones.

It is a great outing and change of scenery, with your child’s added benefit of meeting new kids.

There are many learning skills you can teach your child there, like sharing, overcoming shyness with new faces, and safety.

Google “free indoor play spots near me” to find your local free play area.

two children playing with playdough for entertainment


How can we forget that one? If your kids are getting cranky, they might be just hungry.

Turn mealtime into a fun adventure.

Make cereal necklaces by stringing cheerios or fruit loops onto a string and then eating them up.

Be sure you do not leave your eye off your kid since it can be a choking hazard.

Reading them a book while letting them munch a whole wheat cream cheese or peanut butter sandwich will distract them from the food, and they will most of the time down it without realizing it or throwing a fit.

So next time you see rain or snow in the forecast, remind yourself of these great afternoon activity ideas.

You will be suggesting these activities to all your friends and get some awesome pictures of your kids in all smiles.

And this goes without saying it, invite a friend over for double the fun!

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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