Eight tips for creating a “rainy day bin” for kids

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RV parents, grandparents, and guardians know that scattered rain showers in the forecast mean it will rain on their campsite. Creating a rainy day bin is a great way to keep the kiddos occupied without spending the entire day on their tablets or other electronics. Most staples for a rainy day bin can be found around the house or with a quick trip to a dollar store.

Eight tips for creating a "rainy day bin" for kids
Contributing writer Emily Schneider’s “rainy day bin”
  1. Look through old coloring books and word search books. Pull out the half-used ones for the bin. The kids will be none the wiser as most new coloring books lose their appeal after a few pages.

  2. At back-to-school time pick up new boxes of colored pencils and markers. New art supplies are always a novelty!

  3. Make old toys new again. A quick check under the beds is a guaranteed way to find small, overlooked toys such as Hot Wheels and Barbies. (Masking tape roads are a great way to create new racetracks for the Hot Wheels.)

  4. Pack space saver games such as Spot It!, Uno, Boggle, and Jenga.

  5. Save free toys from kids’ fast food meals. Reusable sticker boards, 3D glasses, figurines, and small building toys will make the rainy day bin feel like a treasure box.

  6. Keep a collection of cookie-cutters in the bin. Making cookies is a great way to stay entertained. Plus, the RV will smell delicious!

  7. A harmonica or small keyboard is a great way to encourage learning a new instrument (if you can handle the noise).

  8. Keep a few dollar bills in the bin for some money origami. You can buy a kit here, or a quick Google search will work for some ideas too.

Rummage through your house today and start stocking your own rainy day bin. Your bin of surprises is guaranteed to be a hit on your next camping adventure!


Thanks to Emily Schneider for the tip! The RVtravel.com staff has contributed a few ideas here, too.

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Debbie Peterson Jenson

For a none rainy day but fun for the Grands I had beautiful shiny rocks with very pretty colors. They took turns hiding them & then finding. Hours of fun.