Rainy day activities

Here in the NE we're in Week 5,864 of near-constant rain. I've been getting some emails and have been hearing complaints all around me that parents and babysitters are stuck inside with kids all day and everyone's starting to go a little nuts.

Some of the things that have helped me in the rain are treating it like a special day and suspending the rules. Normall I don't let the kids dismantle the entire living room to make a series of fort tunnels, but that's what happened for three days in a row last weekend.

We also do a lot of dance parties (slightly tricky because my kids don't have the same taste in music, but we manage) and the combo of music plus exercise helps them out.

I also make us go outside in the morning, even if it's only for ten minutes, so we can at least get the meager natural light available.

Since my kids are older (7 and 4) I know it's easier to entertain them, so I'd love to hear suggestions from you on what to do with toddlers. And what those of you with babies are doing to keep from losing it.