Those rainy afternoons keep kids inside and off the playground. Instead of turning to the TV or a device, get kids in the kitchen to involve them in new rainy day activities and easy-to-make recipes that they’ll enjoy—AND it might even have tasty results!

Build grape structures

You may have built structures or shapes using mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Try using fresh grapes instead as the “building blocks.” Turn your kids loose with a packet of toothpicks and a bag of grapes—see who can build the highest tower or the most unusual looking structures.

Make homemade play dough

Playing with clay and molding different objects enables kids to fine-tune motor skills and relax while being creative. Homemade play dough takes a minute to pull together and cool, but it’s inexpensive, easy to make and safe for kids.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • Food coloring optional

Add food coloring to water if you’d like to color the dough. Mix ingredients and heat over medium heat until it forms a ball. Knead warm dough until smooth, and store in an airtight container. Add in your favorite extras, whether essential oils or sparkles or seasonings—remember, if you add any non-edible ingredients, kids should NOT eat any of the dough.

Create rainbow fruit skewers

These bright and colorful treats are sure to please—they’re fun to build and tasty! If kids are comfortable using knives to chop and cut, they can help prepare the fruits. Otherwise, get your littlest helpers to rinse and clean the fruit.

Prepare raspberries, hulled strawberries, tangerine or Clementine segments, peeled and chopped mango, chunks of pineapple, chunks of peeled kiwi, red grapes and blueberries. Thread fruit onto skewers in rainbow order—from red to orange, yellows to greens, and purple to blue. You can dip these in yogurt with a little bit of honey stirred in!

Meal plan

That’s right—get your kids involved in the planning! It can be as simple as having them choose different toppings for homemade pizza night, or as complex as searching for recipes online and learning about various ingredients. If they’re eager for an internet scavenger hunt, have them search for recipes from the Kids “State Dinner,” where kid chefs present recipes they’ve created at a meal at the White House.