Rainy-day survival guide: Fun-filled activities for kids
Let’s be honest: You shouldn’t have to entertain your children 24/7. But sometimes it helps to throw an activity their way if only to avoid the dreaded chorus of “I’m boooooored.” We know the struggle of coming up with ideas on the spot, so we’ve got you covered with crafts, snacks, and coloring pages for children of all ages. The next time you’re stuck inside, use this list of rainy-day activities to keep your little ones engaged and entertained.
But don’t let the title fool you—these activities aren’t just for wet weather. They’re also great for other occasions, like keeping the kids busy while you watch Young Living’s upcoming Virtual International Grand Convention.
Activities for young children:
Looking for something fun and educational for your preschool-aged child to enjoy? Try these aromatherapy sensory bins and simple coloring pages.
4 cups rice
Natural blue food coloring (adjust amount to your desired color)
Place rice, food coloring, and KidPower into a bowl with a lid. After securing the lid, shake until the color is incorporated. You can get your kids in on the fun too by taking turns shaking the bowl. Spread rice onto a lined sheet pan and let it sit until dry. Once the rice is dry, pour it into your plastic bin. Top with cotton balls (to mimic clouds), toy airplanes, a scooping tool, and a container.
This sensory bin allows your children to reap the benefits of aromatherapy while enjoying the fun of playing with interesting textures and techniques.
Start by making our DIY moon sand base. Add essential oils and mix until well combined. Pour the mixture into your plastic bin, then scatter sprinkles over the top. Complete your creation by placing muffin cups, dough scoop, cookie cutters, and measuring spoons in the bin.
Watch as your kids explore the fun surfaces, shapes, and smells while also exercising their motor skills. They’ll have a grand time mashing the moon sand into the cookie molds as well as scooping the mixture into the muffin cups.
Simple coloring pages
Encourage your mini Michelangelo’s creativity with our Young Living coloring pages! These designs are ideal for children ages two to six. For more-difficult designs, check out the advanced coloring sheets in the next section.
Looking for projects that occupy your kids while also introducing them to safe essential oil use? Get crafty with our DIY essential oil slime and homemade finger paint. These natural DIY alternatives are better for your kids than some store-bought options and will lead to a day full of entertainment!
Does keeping up with your children’s constant cravings feel like trying to fill a bottomless cup? We hear you! These healthy and simple snack ideas only require a few minutes of prep time and will keep your kids from yelling, “I’m hungry!” every five minutes.
YL tip: Prepare these snacks ahead of time and store in the fridge or freezer for your kids to grab and graze throughout the day.
Kid-friendly charcuterie board
Dipping sauce of your choice
Nut butter of choice
Dried coconut flakes
1. Slice your apple horizontally into thin rings that resemble the shape of a cookie. Cut out the core.
2. Spread nut butter onto apple slices and top with chocolate chips and coconut flakes. For added sweetness, drizzle with a little honey.
1. Combine NingXia Red, water, and essential oil.
2. Cut slices of fruit and place into molds. Pour NingXia Red mixture into molds, covering fruit.
3. Add popsicle sticks. Put molds in freezer for 6–8 hours.
Chips & guacamole
You can’t go wrong with classic tortilla chips and guacamole. Check out our blog post on this delicious dip!