Rainy days with little ones can be hard! I've partnered with Disney Book Group to create an indoor scavenger hunt that's perfect for rainy days. Read below to see our new favorite rainy-day activity for kids and print out this free indoor scavenger hunt for your children.
We deal with a lot of rainy days here in Florida. In fact, our state just spent many days inside while Hurricane Dorian went by. Stir-crazy is not a strong enough word for the feeling when you're trapped inside with toddlers and small children for several days. As a parent, you need a plan and an arsenal of activities to keep little ones busy. That's why I decided to create a free indoor scavenger hunt to give your kids something to do during a storm.
Speaking of big storms, since we were dealing with a major hurricane potentially hitting our state, we decided to evacuate. I figured there was no better way to talk about this concept than with a book. It was perfect timing too since Disney Books had just sent me a copy of the brand new book from #1 New York Times best-selling creator Ryan T. Higgins. Bruce's Big Storm has just hit shelves and I couldn't wait for my kids to read it. They're big Ryan T. Higgins fans absolutely loved his last book and the dinosaur bento box I created for it. Just from flipping through the colorful, vivid illustrations, I knew they were going to love Bruce's Big Storm.
In this new book, the fifth in the Mother Bruce series, a big storm looms and Bruce has to open up his already full house for all of his woodland neighbors. My kids just love to read about their favorite grumpy bear, and although this book is written for 3 to 5-year-olds, my 7-year-old enjoyed it. I particularly like that he can easily read this book aloud to his little sister so it's something they can enjoy together. The Mother Bruce series is fun for us to read together too, since there's a tad of humor geared towards parents and caregivers mixed it. These books also teach a valuable lesson about community and coming together in times of need, especially in this latest installment.
Indoor scavenger hunt
I decided to create an indoor scavenger hunt for my kiddos and I thought I'd hide their new copy of Bruce's Big Storm at the end for a fun surprise. Since I knew I wanted to share this scavenger hunt for kids, I tried to make the clues fun but generic in terms of where they were hidden.
There are 12 clues in all and an answer key for parents or caregivers so they can hide the clues. If one of these clues doesn't make sense for your home, you can easily come up with a replacement using an index card or a small scrap of paper. Remember, keep clue #1 on hand to give to your child so he or she has a starting point. Hide your prize at the last spot.
My kids had an absolute blast finding the clues in this indoor scavenger hunt. They were running throughout the house with such anticipation and joy.
When they finally got to the last clue, they were so excited to find a new book for their library. They were also happy to see Bruce's familiar face.
Bruce's Big Storm was the perfect prize for their hard work and they wanted to read it right away. It was a great way to talk to them about the upcoming storm and why we were going to shelter in another place.
If your children love fun adventures, I think this indoor scavenger hunt would be a great rainy day activity for kids. You can print this scavenger hunt for kids for free right here! Be sure to also grab a copy of Bruce's Big Storm! You can also print out some cute coloring pages to go along with the book courtesy of Disney Book Group!