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Indoor Recess Ideas for the Classroom

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You know when we were growing up and our parents always told us to save things for a rainy day? Well, as teachers, we kinda should listen to that same warning from our parents to get ready for rainy days!

Out here in California, we’re experiencing a bit of a drought, so when we had our first rainy day recess a few weeks ago, my kids went wild! They were going crazy because I hadn’t prepared them for this new “adventure in the Multi Use Room!

So, like most things, necessity is the Mother of Invention! So, I present to you…Rainy Day Roundup!

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess!

To create the Rainy Day Basket, I printed and laminated all of the games.  I  added all the necessary tools kids would need.  My basket includes dry erase pens, markers {which they NEVER get to use!}, Sharpies, pencils, stamp pads and plain paper.  On my next trip to the dollar store, I plan to pick up some of those cheap makeup sponges for the kids to use as erasers.

I wanted to create something that was self-contained so that I could simply send the basket to the MUR with the kids and know they wouldn’t be a bother to the yard duties! Just sitting there like perfect little angels playing games 🙂

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

This pack is filled with good plain fun! Nothing common core related.  Nothing academic.  Just some good old fashion fun! If kids can’t be running around like lunatics on the playground, let’s harness that energy and turn it into something enjoyable!

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

Remember Cootie Catchers? I used to LOVE making these when I was little {once I finally learned how to do it!} I’ve included a few pre-made versions in the pack, as well as 2 blank templates for kids to completely make up their own!

Here’s a peek at the Physical Fitness Cootie Catcher.  The “fortunes” inside ask kids to do 5 jumping jacks, touch their toes and do other simple movements.  Gotta get that indoor energy out somehow!

Cootie Catchers for Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

This Cootie Catcher just has some silly questions kids will enjoy answering!

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Next up is Stuck in a Puddle! For this game, kids take turns drawing a line from dot-to-dot.  The child who closes the square writes their name in the box.  Most boxes at the end wins.  This is a HUGE crowd pleaser!

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

I personally love the thumbprint animals I made! The kids dip their fingers in stamp pads, then add features to the prints to make animals.  {I am embarrassed to admit how much fun I had while making the posters!}

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

Who doesn’t love Tic Tac Toe? Just laminate this classic and kids can play forever…or at least until the bell rings!

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

Another age-old favorite is Hangman.

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

For those kids who love a challenge, I’ve included two versions of Sudoku.  Black and white versions {as well as answer keys!} are included, too!

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in FirstRainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

For the kid who’d like to hangout solo during recess, I’ve included a few independent activities, too! All that noise, can you blame them for wanting some peace & quiet?

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in FirstRainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

Okay, so I know I said there was NO Common Core included, but kids don’t even realize this is math stuff! Both color and black & white versions for this too!

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in FirstRainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

Make sure to head over to TpT to snag this pack!

Rainy Day Ideas & Activities for Indoor Recess by Lucky to Be in First

I am SO sorry for all of you who spend months at a time indoors.  I will think of you before I start to complain about yard duty in 55 degree weather! Get those Rainy Day Baskets ready and make your breaks a little more enjoyable 🙂
Slainte!
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3 Responses

  1. What a great idea! I have a whole cabinet dedicated to inside recess. We usually have it by surprise. You know, sun is shining and it's pouring down rain.

    We use felt cut into 3" x 3" squares for dry erasers. I get the felt sheets from a craft store for about 25 cents each and cut them down. I get black so they never look dirty.

    I'm going to add this to my wish list. It will really come in handy this spring!

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