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It's raining. For the seventh straight day in a row. You've played with all of your gabillion toys. You have baked! You haven eaten what you baked! How is it possible that it's only 11 a.m.? Good news: We got you, mama. Here, eight brilliant things to do with your kid when you're stuck inside.

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1. Make Homemade Play Dough

Rainbow, glittery and non-toxic? Sign us up!

2. Or Better Yet, Homemade Slime

...Just maybe keep an eye on your toddler while she's playing with this stuff near the furniture, OK?


3. Host a Living Room Picnic

Pack up a picnic (or laundry) basket with portable snacks and sandwiches and spread out a blanket on the living room rug. Bonus: The kiddos may even try new foods in a novel environment.

4. Or a Dance Party

Turn off the lights. Pull down the shades. Hand the kids flashlights. Watch out, Calvin Harris.


5. Build a Blanket Fort

There's a diehard online culture devoted to this art. The sky (i.e., your duvet) is the limit.

6. Try Body Tracing

Have your child lie down on a large piece of paper and trace the outline of her body. Let her color in her face and decorate her “clothes” with glue sticks, glitter, fuzzy pom-poms and old buttons.


7. Play Toy Hide and Seek

Let him pick the toys he wants you to hide. At least 20 minutes of fun.

8. Go Water Bottle Bowling

Take 12 empty water bottles out of the recycling bin and voilà—instant pins (weigh them down with a scoop of dry pasta or water as needed). Then take turns rolling a ball and trying to get a strike.

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