Thrifty Fun - Rainy Day Box

I remember rainy days when I was a kid. They were some of my favorite childhood memories. Those were the days that we got to take the kitchen chairs into the living room and grab blankets and make a fort. My mom would even pack us little lunches in our lunchboxes and bring them to us in our fort. Then while we ate, she would lay on the floor with us inside our fort and read to us. Of course, we generally ended up falling asleep and now I realize that was kind of the point. Well, at least from mom's prespective.

Another fun memory I have of rainy days was the two boxes that were completely off limits to us kids that sat at the bottom of the linen closet. Those were the rainy day boxes.

I swear those boxes were magical! One box had some toys in it that we, the kids, thought we had lost. We couldn't believe that they some how reappeared in the rainy day box! What luck! The box also had some of my moms old dresses, a purse, some old jewelry and some of my dads old clothes. These were so awesome for dress up.

The other box had new surprises in it. There would be things like comic books, coloring books, crayons, a few new small toys. Just a mish-mash of fun inexpensive things.

So, do you keep a rainy day box or two tucked away for your kids?

Why not create one.

Tuck some of your kids toys away in the box. They will forget all about them until the day you pull them out. And make sure you rotate them out. After the rainy day, put different toys back into the box. The kids are still going to be excited to be playing with their "New old" toys. Add some other goodies that they can play dress up with. I know, as a little girl, it is so much fun to dress up with "mommy's" jewelry or purses.

And start a separate box with little new items. Right now, summer toys are going clearanced every where. And don't forget all the super cheap deals on back to school supplies.

You can gather different and interesting items at yard sales or thrift stores to tuck back for a rainy day.

Just use your imagination and have some fun! It's not about how much you spend. It's about creating special memories with your kids.

I have linked up to these great blogs:
"Hooked on Fridays" at Hooked on Houses
"Finer Things Friday" at The Finer Things in Life
"Friday Family" at Homemaker Barbi
"Frugal Friday" at Life as Mom

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  1. What a great idea! I already rotate out toys, but this is a really unique twist. Hmm, it's pretty rainy here, I think I'll try it out today. Thanks!

  2. Sounds like you have great memories of being a kid. Kudos to your mama for that!

  3. What a great idea! I'll have to reorganize my grandkids toys and do this. I'm going to try it for sick days too. :) Thanks.

  4. What a great idea! Can't wait to create our own Rainy Day Box.


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