Rainy Day Activities for Kids
As the summer draws to a close and the weather takes a turn for the worst (was it ever behaving itself?!) there are definitely going to be a lot more weekends (and weekdays if you are a stay at home parent) where you are holed up in the house due to wet and cold weather. Getting out during the summer time is such a blessing as you can take the kids to the park/sit in the garden and everyone is generally happier and relaxed. However, living in the UK, we all know this weather is extremely short lived – I think we had around 20 sunny days this year – and so finding stuff to do indoors is essential – even if it acts just as a plan B, as we never know when the heavens are going to open!
This may seem like a cop out, just playing a board game, but how many of your kids actually know how to play traditional games like the good old days?! Granted, kids below school age are probably a little young to know how to play Monopoly or Frustration but if your kids are younger, there are still a range of choices for them that they will soon get the hang of. Think traditional, simple games such as Connect 4 or even jigsaw puzzles – its educational, fun and even a little nostalgic! If you haven’t got the time or patience (or even the money) for board games, why not go for a good old classic game of hide and seek or charades?! We had hours of fun with this back in the day and it gets them away from the iPad!
You don’t have to have the full set, complete with expensive puppets and costumes, to have a puppet show! Making the puppets yourself can be half the fun and they’re super easy! Go online and search for pictures of the kids’ favourite characters whether it be Peppa Pig or anything Disney and print a few out on a piece of A4 paper. Cut around the images in a circle and stick them to the wooden spoons. Use pipe cleaners to make hair/legs/arms and there you have it, your very own puppet character. Additionally, as for the stage, anything from an overturned cardboard box covered with a table cloth to the breakfast bar will work! As long as there is something to hide behind so your character’s true identity isn’t given away! Remember that imagination is key here and with that, the possibilities are endless!
Use the rain as an opportunity to teach your kids some cookery skills! I’m not talking a five course Jamie Oliver style meal but perhaps you could cook something interesting up for lunch. Think a simple homemade tomato pasta, chicken skewers or homemade pizzas. Furthermore, you could even bake some treats for dessert (decorating digestives, cornflake/rice crispy cakes and flapjacks are all simple, easy choices that the kids can get involved with). You can even teach them how to do the dishes afterwards!
Make a Reading Den
If there’s one thing we all want our kids to do more, it’s read! The trouble is, when you’re rushing around it can be difficult to make it exciting/engaging. If you find yourself with a spare couple of hours, why not create a ‘reading den’? Gather together beanbags, cushions and throws and set them out in the corner of the room. Choose a range of books your kids like to read (or new ones!) and put them in the den. Ask your kids to choose which book they want, turn off screens and get lost in a book.
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