Ideas For A Rainy Day
During the great British summer – or the weekend for that matter – you can bet that there will be plenty of rainy days to fill up!
Here are some ideas for things to do to keep the kids occupied even when the weather is relentlessly wet and gloomy.
- Been thwarted in your plans to have a picnic? This is especially annoying if you have already made the picnic! Just have the picnic indoors. Lay out a blanket on the floor and get the food out. You could always pretend it’s sunny by wearing sunglasses, hats and flip-flops.
- If it’s been raining for a few days cabin fever could strike. Let the kids work off some energy with an indoor obstacle course. They can crawl under chairs, weave in and out of cones, bounce on a mini trampoline and jump over cushions. If you have any inflatable or pop-up indoor toys such as playhouses or tunnels they can be added into the course too.
- How about a pet show – for toys! Nominate silly categories such as ‘doll with the longest legs’, the ‘fattest teddy’ or the ‘cutest bunny toy’. Make paper rosettes for the winners - this video from Recycle Now shows you how.
- Make some big art. Remember Peter Blake’s iconic cover for The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? Make your own version using drawings, photographs, pictures from magazines and colouring pictures. Stick them all on a big piece of paper – if you don’t have any large paper, paste together smaller pieces to make a poster sized work of art.
- Have a themed day where you all dress up, make your own props, eat themed food and play themed games.
- Have a Scavenger Hunt. Encourage teamwork by giving the kids a list of things to find around the house. A paper clip, a teddy, rubber, pencil sharpener or a blue pencil. Encourage some lateral thinking by asking for something beginning with a particular letter or something that they will have to make for themselves, such as a paper hat or a completed drawing of an object.
- Crafts are always a good standby – Make a Carnival Mask, make models in homemade play dough, make paper lanterns or get some balloon, glue and newspaper out and make a piñata.
- So you’ve given up and put the telly on – but don’t just sit there, play Telly Bingo. Choose specific words for the kids to look out for, and shout 'Bingo' when you’ve found them all.
- Why stay in? Embrace the weather, put on your wellies and raincoat and go splash in puddles!
About the Author: Jacqui O’Brien is the Editor of eParenting.