When it's raining outside - or way too hot - it's a good time to bring out the pipe cleaners (or "fuzzy sticks" as they are apparently now called). Nate practiced his hand-eye coordination the other day by threading cheerios onto pipe cleaners. And threading pipe cleaners through the holes in an upside-down colander. Then he practiced making a mess by throwing the pipe cleaners everywhere. They definitely kept him busy for awhile.
The pipe cleaners do have pointy ends, so be sure to leave your tot unsupervised for hours while they play. You know, right after they run around the house eating carrot sticks and holding those scissors. If fuzzy sticks are too wild and dangerous for you, you could use uncooked spaghetti too. Or string. I'm sure you could figure something out.
Another option is going outside to "SEE RAIN, MOMMY" followed by "TOUCH IT, MOMMY." Then before you know it, they are sopping wet, catching rain with a broken dust pan and a huge grin on their face. Oh, and the soggiest diaper you've ever seen.
What do your kids do when it's raining outside?