It’s pouring down outside, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your kids during the holidays. A rainy day is a perfect excuse to get your creative juices flowing and enjoy some indoor activities. If you’re preparing some contingency plans for wet weather this spring, here are some ideas.
- Role play
Indulge your child’s imagination with some role-play activities. Make use of pretend kitchens to rustle up breakfast in bed or get active with a game of cops and robbers. Dress up in different outfits, swap roles and create fun scenarios. Use your child’s toys and games to set the scene. Lay out some plates and get your mini waitress a notepad if you’ve opened up a cafe. Get the pens and pencils out if you’re having an English lesson at school. Let your child’s imagination run free and get other members of the family involved.
- Cook up a storm
Cooking is one of the best ways to spend a day indoors. Get your little helpers involved during the preparation stages. They can help out with weighing and measuring and stirring. When you’re ready to serve, ask them for their expert opinion on taste and flavour. You can bake cakes or make healthy snacks or smoothies using fresh fruit and vegetables. If you’re eager to provide your kids with some healthy meals, use your creative talents to make food more visually appealing. Turn celery sticks into vegetable men with carrot arms and raisin eyes, for example. If the children are involved in the production and decoration, they will probably be much likely to taste the end product.
- Make cards
If you’re constantly sending belated birthday cards, take the opportunity to get ahead. Use your kids’ artistic flair to create some unique greetings cards at home. Stock up on supplies, such as card and colouring pencils, before you get started. Supervise them, but let them draw, paint or stick their own designs. If you have slightly older children, you can really go to town with your cards. Buy hot melt glue guns and glue sticks from Glue Guns Direct and raid your stash of buttons and beads. Create cute cards for Valentine’s Day using red and pink buttons or beaded eggs for Easter. Once the front cover is complete, encourage them to write a message inside.
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- DIY playdough
Playdough can occupy kids for hours, so why not make your own? All you need is salt, water and flour. Mix together, and take turns to knead the dough. Add some food colouring to make your dough more visually appealing. Make a few batches so that you can all join in. Get some cutters out and start modelling. Once you’ve finished with your DIY dough, store it in a bowl and cover with film to preserve it. It should last a few days.
- Get the water tray out
Most kids love splashing around in water. Fill up a water tray and get the sea creatures out. Add some blue and green glitter out to make your sea sparkle and encourage your kids to take on the characters of the animals. Get some aprons on and make a mess! You can always mop up afterwards, and the children will love taking part in an underwater adventure.
- Build some sand structures
You may associate sand play with warm weather and beaches, but you don’t need sunshine to have fun with sand. Once you’ve cleared your water tray out, dry it and fill it with sand. Build sandcastles, create models and recreate a day at the beach. If you want to try something different and make your sand structures look a bit funkier, use salt instead of sand. Mix some table salt with water. Use a sand mould to create a shape. When your structure is sound, use watercolour paints to decorate your castle or paint your whale. The end result is stunning, and your children can show off their masterpieces to their friends and other family members.
- Learn to sew
It’s never too early to learn to sew. Using child-friendly threading toys to help younger children to grasp the concept of guiding thread through the gaps. If you have older children, you can use step-by-step packs to make bookmarks and pom-pom animals. Always supervise children when using needles and ensure you tidy up thoroughly afterwards. Once your kids have got the hang of sewing, you can create all kinds of creatures and objects.
After lunch, take an hour or so to chill out and let your food go down. Lie back on some floor cushions, cuddle up with blankets and enjoy storytime. Read some books and encourage your children to create their own tales. Thinking up stories encourages kids to be imaginative and also helps them to build confidence when in speaking in public. Set them a theme or give them the first line. Help them if they struggle for the next sentence and give them a round of applause when they get to the end. Make up your own story about your children to round off proceedings.
- Get building
Have you got loads of old boxes or cartons lying around? Are you forever collecting tins or bottles? If so, robot modelling is a really effective use of your junk. Creating robots made from materials, such as plastic and metal, is a fun and educational activity. It will also save you a trip to the rubbish tip. Use a glue gun to join the components together. Once the robots have dried, encourage your kids to play with them and make up stories based on their characters. Talk to them about their robot’s special skills and talents and make up some games. You could also build houses and animals.
- Jewellery making
If you have pasta tubes, beads and buttons lying around, jewellery making is an excellent use of your time and resources. It will help to improve your child’s fine motor skills. You’ll also have some lovely unique necklaces and bracelets to model afterwards.
Wet days don’t have to be miserable. Get creative and you’ll be amazed how quickly time flies when you’re having fun!