Rainy-day survival guide: Fun-filled activities for kids

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Rainy-day survival guide: Fun-filled activities for kids--Little boy coloring

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.

Sky bin

Materials:

  • Plastic bin
  • 4 cups rice
  • Natural blue food coloring (adjust amount to your desired color)
  • 4 drops KidScents® KidPower™ essential oil blend
  • 10 cotton balls
  • Toy airplanes
  • Large spoon or scoop
  • Wide-neck bottle/container
KidScents KidPower Essential Oil Blend--Young Living Essential Oils

Directions:

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.

Cookie dough bin

Materials:

  • Plastic bin
  • Moon sand base
  • 4–6 drops Vanilla oleoresin (if you don’t have Vanilla, try using KidScents® SniffleEase™ for a different aromatherapy experience)
  • Natural sprinkles
  • Silicone muffin cups
  • Cookie dough scoop
  • Plastic cookie cutters
  • Measuring spoons
Vanilla Essential Oil--Young Living Essential Oils

Directions:

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.

Simple coloring page 1--Young Living Essential Oils Blog
Simple coloring page 2--Young Living Essential Oils Blog

Activities for older children:

If your children are past the stage of sensory play and scribbled drawings, engage them with these ideas for hours of screen-free fun.

Advanced coloring pages

These coloring pages are perfect for aspiring artists ages seven and up. You may even want to print one out for yourself—coloring can be a calming distraction after a stressful day.

Advanced coloring page 1--Young Living Essential Oils Lavender Life Blog
Advanced coloring page 2--Young Living Essential Oils Lavender Life Blog

Word search

Your older kids will enjoy testing their vocabulary and spelling skills with this Young Living word search.

Download word search 1 and answer key.
Download word search 2 and answer key.

Aromatherapy crafts

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!

Snacks:

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

Suggested ingredients:

  • Crackers
  • Sliced cheese
  • Sliced meat
  • Berries
  • Apple slices
  • Pretzels
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Popcorn
  • Applesauce
  • Baby carrots
  • Dipping sauce of your choice
Fruit board--Young Living Blog

Apple cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • Nut butter of choice
  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried coconut flakes
  • Honey

Directions:

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.

NingXia Red ice pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup NingXia Red
  • ¼ cup distilled water or coconut milk
  • 10 drops Orange Vitality™ essential oil
  • ½ cup sliced organic berries
  • 4 popsicle molds
  • 4 popsicle sticks

Directions:

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.

NingXia Red--Young Living Essential Oils

Chips & guacamole

You can’t go wrong with classic tortilla chips and guacamole. Check out our blog post on this delicious dip!

Want more rainy-day activities? Try making these homemade bathtub crayons or DIY bath jellies for squeaky-clean fun with your little one.

Are you excited about this year’s VIGC?

Which activities will you use to keep your kids entertained?

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