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Old 10-02-2012, 11:46 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
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Since we are headed into rainy season in my part of the country, I thought I'd share my favorite rainy day game as a kid.

We never really named our game, and just called it the clue/scavenger hunt game.

Notecards or post-it notes
Pens or Pencils or Markers

Number of players: 2 to any

Depending on the number of people, you'd nominate 1 or 2 leaders. The leaders would be responsible for coming up with 4 or 5 clues and hide them around the house.

Everyone else divides into teams and waits until the leaders hide their clues. It helps to have a "waiting area" so the players don't see where the leaders hide the clues.

The clues might be something like:
Heinz (and the next clue would be taped to the ketchup bottle)
A type of monkey that starts with a B (baboon, hidden on a stuffed animal or on the dictionary page for baboon)

We hid clues in books, on movies, under the area rug, anywhere we could come up with. Depending on the crowd, the clues could be elaborate or easy. If I was with my friends who liked reading, then I'd use plot clues in books. Other times the clues would be in movies. Or the pantry.

Once the leaders are done hiding the clues, they get everyone else, hand them the first clue (you'll want to write out 1 copy per group of the first clue). The leaders can participate, watch, give hints, say "Hot" or "cold" when people get close. This provided hours of entertainment for us. Good for mixed age groups. We usually made it through 2 or 3 rounds.

My sister and I would play by ourselves. Or with neighbors. Typically we played with 3 or 4 people. One person would make and hide the clues, and everyone else would work together to figure out the answers.

We still play this game now with our cousins!

What are your favorite rainy day games/activities?
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:11 AM
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Blanket fort!! Best rainy day activity.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:58 AM
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Originally Posted by ParallelJJCat View Post
Blanket fort!! Best rainy day activity.
Absolutely! Blankets and pillows are forts, houses, boats, rocket ships and all manner of other things at our house!

Also cardboard boxes, from shoe box size to appliance size. Or putting on some music and having a family dance party.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:33 AM
Location: too far from the sea
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For a girl---when I was a kid my mother would put up a card table and hang a large blanket over it, long enough to touch the floor. That made a great house where I could live with my dolls or stuffed animals.

Another thing was a large box of assorted buttons that had been cut from old clothes, things to use in sewing. I could sit for hours sorting buttons. There were the large ones, the small ones, the red ones, the blue ones. I even used to sort them into families some times.

There was a big box of seashells too. On a rainy day I would play with them much the same way as the buttons, at a specially set up table, sorting them in various ways, lining them up, giving them names.

Those things may sound silly but at a certain age, they produced many happy hours of quiet, free entertainment which also was educational. The sorting activity is a beneficial pre-reading activity for ages 4-5. (Obviously not a good idea when younger kids are around who would put small objects into their mouths.)
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:58 AM
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When mine was a preschooler, I'd put a big vinyl tablecloth on the kitchen floor and set her up with a couple big bowls of water, one with food coloring in it, and some cups/spoons/toys. That would keep her happy for quite awhile -- long enough for me to get some serious cooking done .
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