Rainy days don't have to be boring in the summertime. Go outside and play!
We made a dam in the gutter out of twigs, sandy dirt, and leaves.
Then we made a boat out of two layers of printer paper folded in half together. It gets soggy after a while, but it is fun to play with until then. It is also a nice homemade bath toy.
We learned how to make a paper boat from "Curious George rides a bike," by Margret and H.A. Rey. The newspaper boy asks George to deliver his papers one day. And what does George do with the newspapers? After delivering a few of them, he makes the rest into boats.
This is how he did it. "First, he folded down the corners like this:
then he folded both edges up,
brought the ends together
and flattened it sidewise.
Then he turned one corner up,
then the other one,
again brought the ends together
and flattened it sidewise,
Then, gently, he pulled the ends open-
and there was his BOAT!"
Here is our boat floating on the little gutter puddle we made with the dam.
What do you like to do on a rainy day? If you need any more ideas, read this wonderful book about playing outside on a rainy day. It's called "Rain," by Peter Spier. You'll never want to miss the fun of a rainy day outside again.