Do you recognise this look of sheer boredom? I know I do. I don’t know how many times I’ve said, ‘but you’ve a bedroom full of toys and games, go outside in the garden, what about a film?’ etc etc.
However, rain in the holidays is no fun and when it goes on and on it can be hard to keep them entertained. So, with that in mind, here’s a list of ideas for rainy day fun; (Any you have that are not listed, please do let us know, the more the merrier)….
Pizza Picnic – Lay out pizza bases or pitta bread along with lots of ingredients, (grated cheese, chopped peppers, ham pieces, sliced tomatos etc) and get the children and their friends to decorate them. Once they’ve finished, pop them in the oven and lay a rug or picnic blanket down with some paper plates and cups. Children will love devouring their home-made creations and eating with their fingers.
Good Old Fashioned Card Games – Get the deck of cards out and teach them some original card games. We spent hours playing; rummy, snap, sevens, go fish etc. Even clock patience and games to play alone were such good fun.
Puppet Show – Get the dressing up outfits out, make some puppets and give the children say 30 minutes to make up a show. Then they can set the scene, set up chairs, maybe even make some interval drinks and snacks. My girls have always loved doing this and it makes up hours of rainy day fun.
Hair & Beauty Salon – Hand over your make-up bag (with your favourite’s hidden away first!) and let the children play beauticians. You may end up looking rather frightful but if it keeps them busy and they enjoy it, who cares?! All you need is a bag full of make-up, nail varnishes, some hair accessories and a mirror, and the creative opportunities are endless…
Face Painting – Face paints are brilliant and great for a rainy afternoon. Why not create fun faces for the children and then let them paint your face! Maybe a surprise and then you have to guess what you are?
Cress Heads – Get some dried-out egg shells or empty yoghurt pots and let your child use pens to create funny faces on the surface. Fill with damp cotton wool and cress seeds and pop them on a sunny window-sill. Over the next few days watch their crazy cress hair start to grow! Yummy in an egg sandwich too!
Shoe Box Creations – Make shoe box scenes and creations. From miniature dolls’ houses, train stations and bird boxes to airports, swimming pools and zoos, there are stacks of ideas that will make great projects – all you need are some crafts materials, lolly sticks, paints and glue. We’ve made a bed for a cuddly toy and a dance studio, hours of fun!
Old Drawing Games – The likes of ‘hangman’, ‘battleships’, ‘noughts and crosses’ word searches and ‘dot to dot’ might be associated with boring car journeys but on rainy afternoons, they make perfect activities. All you need is a pad and a couple of pens and you’re ready to start. We love ‘squiggles’. You draw a squiggle on a pad, only one single pen mark, (no on and off the paper) and then the next person has to make a drawing out of it. Everyone has a go and the best drawing is the winner.
There are countless indoor activities but we hope that these have got your thinking heads on. We’d love to hear about your ideas and favourites. As the summer holidays loom, I for one will be desperate for ideas!