10 Suggestions for Making the Most of a Rainy Day

Here, west of the mountains, in the PNW it rains a lot from November to April and quite a bit in June.  Though we often lack motivation during those months we usually just stick to our school routine.  We had a rainy day this week and I needed an M post for ABC Blogging so M is for {10 Suggestions for} Making the Most of a Rainy Day!

Making The Most of a Rainy Day ~ 10 Suggestions


Summer rain is different.  After weeks of gorgeous sun and some really hot, for us anyway, days, this rain is draining.  None of us are motivated to do anything productive.  We still have school do but it just feels different in the summer.

Together the girls and I came up with a list of Ten Suggestions for Making the Most of a Rainy Day.  These would be things we could do during the summer when it rains and we just have no motivation or desire to be productive.

1. Play a board game~ We love games around here and we have plenty of them.  I included several of our favorites in my post about Games as Gifts.

2. Read a fun book aloud~ We love books. Because we used Sonlight we read many books aloud. I thought it would be fun to pick a non-school book to read aloud.  I was thinking of something along the lines of the Squire’s Tales series by Gerald Morris. Specifically, I want to read book 2, The Squire, His Knight and His LadyI think the whole series is just perfect for a family read aloud!

3. Every one choose their own book to read, a corner to curl up in, and get lost in the story~  This one is a bit anti-social but oh so perfect with a cup of tea and rain pouring down. But let’s face it, in this family, we’ll use any excuse to read a book.

4. Have a tea party~  Get out the pretty cups and make little sandwiches or have cookies. Play dress up if the mood strikes you.  This isn’t just for little girls.

5. Pop some popcorn and watch a movie~ Watching a movie during the day is something special around here, unless you are Supergirl.  This is what the girls actually did yesterday. Except it wasn’t a movie.  It was three episodes of Doctor Who; one episode per re-boot doctor.

6. Look over old photos and photo albums~ This is one of Supergirl’s favorite activities, rainy day or sunny day or any day that she can get away with it.  A trip down memory lane can be a wonderful way to make the most of a rainy day.

7. Story Sharing Time~ You could combine this one with number 6 and share stories or memories related to the photos.  Or you could just sit around on the floor (maybe with a pretend camp fire?) and take turns making up stories or take turns each person adding a bit to create one rambling story.

8. Write Something~ Write a letter to a friend or write a poem.  Perhaps you have some ideas for blog posts. Sometimes rainy days can be the most writing productive days.

9. Do a craft you’ve been wanting to do~  I do not consider myself a crafty person but I do have sewing projects that I never seem to have time for and I have other crafts I’d like to try.  My oldest likes to make home made cards and bookmarks.

10. Take a Nap? That’s what I want to do. –Turtlegirl being silly…  Turtlegirl made this suggestion but I took it.  While the girls watched Nine, Ten, and Eleven save Earth in the Rainy Day Doctor Who mini-marathon, I took a nap. It was lovely and refreshing.

What do you do to make the most of a rainy day?

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  1. Board games here! Plus a lot of reading. But naps, well- that is my new favorite thing. Must be getting old!

  2. I like the "curl up and read" idea. Or naps. I think rainy days are great for just laying low.

  3. What great ideas! I'll be sure to pin this for a rainy day. ;)

  4. Those apply to our really hot days, too. Thanks for the ideas.


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