Rainy Day Activities

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

This is a great activity that can be done indoors (at a mall for example) or outdoors – provided there’s lots of signage around. It would even work to keep kids entertained on a long car trip.. maybe a license plate alphabet scavenger hunt? Or you could even use it to keep the kids busy while you do the grocery shopping.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

What You’ll Need

A piece of paper with the alphabet on it
A pen to cross the ‘found’ items off

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We gave Juniper a highlighter to cross her letters off with, she is only 3 so doesn’t have spectacular fine motor skills yet, but that’s just another reason why this was a great activity because she got in some more practice.

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The weather wasn’t great here today so we went to Noosa Civic for our hunt. We spent a while walking around, before finding a good spot in the food court to find some more letters. Then we walked around again to find the trickier letters (Q, X, Z!).

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Juniper had a bit of difficulty concentrating for such a long time and she was quite tired at the end of it all, but really proud of herself too when she found the last letter of the day.

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Fine Motor – Sticker Fun

Juniper is just at the age now where she is able to start peeling off her own stickers, which is exciting because I’ve had this activity in the craft cupboard for her for a while.

We got the print out packs from this eBay seller but you could just as easily print some out yourself – or even draw them if you wanted to. I have a love hate relationship with my printer that is much closer to hate than love, so I avoid printing at all costs.

Fine Motor Skills – Sticker Art

What You’ll Need

Print or draw your own designs on some A4 paper
Coloured stickers

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Perhaps because of her autism, Juniper has always struggled with fine motor activities and gets very frustrated because she can’t do them as well as she wants to. In this case she was angry that she couldn’t get the dots to exactly fit the circles (I don’t know where she gets her perfectionism! Certainly not from me!), but overall she had a lot of fun with this activity.

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Learning About Hard and Soft

Yesterday’s activity was super easy to set up and basically free. And best of all: Juniper loved it!

Learning About Soft and Hard

What You’ll Need

A bucket/box/bag filled with various toys and household objects
2 buckets/bowls/boxes to divide the toys into
2 pieces of paper, and a marker to write “Soft” on one and “Hard” on the other

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We found a comfy place on the floor, I explained the activity and Juniper dived right in. She loved feeling each toy and even closed her eyes for a few and felt them without looking. I put in a couple of ‘trick’ toys that were both hard and soft – like a little plastic dog with curly soft hair. Juniper would point them out to me before making an executive decision as to where they went.

“This guy is hard AND soft Mama, but I’ll put her in soft because there is already another dog there to keep her company”

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The activity itself was nice and easy for her, which gave her lots of confidence and made her feel accomplished which was nice. I’ve found that it’s good to break up the more difficult activities with nice and simple ones so that Juniper doesn’t get discouraged or frustrated.. activity time is supposed to be fun after all!

Learning About Colour Mixing

My husband Luke is a painter. Well to be precise he is a chef by night, and a painter by day.

He’s crazy about painting and will gladly talk to you about the specifics for hours at a time if you let him – so he was really excited about this activity and enjoyed showing Juniper how to make all sorts of colours from just the 3 basic primary colours: yellow, magenta and cyan.

(that’s just fancy talk to yellow, red and blue – but DH would be disappointed in me if I didn’t use the correct terms at least once in this post about colour mixing).

Learning about Colour Mixing

What You’ll Need

Paint – red blue and yellow
Paper plates
Paintbrushes – or just fingers!!

Aside from the list above, all you really need for this is a place for everyone to get messy! Put the three colours on the plate (or you can use a few different ones) and get them to play. Luke enjoyed asking Juniper where the green was, before magically creating it for her, and was very impressed when she made her own orange.

All in all it was a really inexpensive activity, it was easy to set up for and everyone had a lot of fun.

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Masking Tape Paintings

We ended up using our masking tape activity in 2 ways – thanks to Juniper taking the lead.

In the first activity, Juniper used the masking tape on the paper as a guide and followed it along to make a picture. In the second she painted the whole paper, and then we peeled off the masking tape to reveal a picture in relief. Let’s take a look!

Masking Tape Painting

What you’ll need:

Plain white paper
White masking tape
Paint & Brushes

I made the masking tape pictures in advance so that they were ready to go on the day.

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(NB: The person is supposed to look like she is holding a balloon – not an axe!)

We set juniper up with some paint and let her decide what to do. She used yellow paint on the “axe murderer” picture, using the masking tape as a guide for what she painted.

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Then, she painted all over the page with the turtle masking tape – which was good because that is what I had planned the activity for! Sometimes it’s very difficult to remember to let her lead the activity instead of telling her what she is ‘supposed’ to do.. but in this case it was easy.

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We asked Juniper to guess what the picture was going to be as we removed each layer of masking tape, and it was quite hilarious the answers she came up with.

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She was really thrilled with the end result and wanted to put it on the fridge, which she doesn’t often do.