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Child Playing in the Rain

April showers might bring May flowers, but they can also bring antsy, cooped-up kids who are eager to break free from the house after a long snowy winter. Although outdoor puddle jumping is always fun, a drier option is an indoor scavenger hunt, which allows your little ones to follow clues throughout the house to find something fun.

The clues can lead kids to easy-to-find spots that most everyone likely has in their house: The fridge, a window, a crayon box, under a pillow, on a bed, etc. The hunt could end with a fun snack or an already-set-up board game or art project.

Scavenger hunts are also fun ways to sneak in some learning, since they encourage reading, problem solving, and working together. And as much as I'd love to give hints, I try to resist the urge to help my daughter Chloe figure out the clues, at least for a while. She usually can work them out for herself, and when she does, she's thrilled, proud, and even more excited to discover the next one.

Not everyone is a poet, so the clues don't have to rhyme (but it's fun when they do!). And they certainly don't need to be fancy or elaborate.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Eggs, cheese, and milk, oh my!
So much food in me you'll find
But wear your hat and mittens.
I'm cold inside!
(This clue leads to the refrigerator)

Every night you rest your head
on me in your bed.
Look underneath to find a clue;
then see you later for a snooze!
(This clue leads to the child's pillow)

You can see right through me
but I don't mind,
Take a peak to look outside.
(This clue leads to a window)

In this box filled with colors
you'll find the next clue;
To make a picture,
don't forget paper, too!
(This clue leads to a crayon or craft box)

What are some of your family's favorite rainy day activities?

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Alex is a freelance lifestyle writer and sometimes-blogger. She loves spending time with her husband and five-year-old daughter, who are always willing to sample her kitchen successes (homemade taco seasoning) and failures (homemade mozzarella). She also loves to write, travel, cook, eat, and laugh loudly with friends.