One of the best things about spring and summer is that it can be easy to entertain kids as there are a range of outdoor activities you can do in the glorious sunshine. However, wet-free weekends are not always guaranteed. Here are some ideas on how to keep your little ones entertained when the weather is just too horrible to go outside.
Make An Indoor Den
Everyone has made an indoor den at some point in their lives while growing up and this is a great activity for all ages. Make a den with some bed sheets and your imagination! Encourage your children to use their creativity on how to decorate the den and enjoy the afternoon inside the den with a book, watching a film on a tablet or hosting a tea party with their favourite teddies.
Just because it is raining outside, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend the day at home. You can still enjoy a day or an afternoon out in one of the UK’s many indoor attractions. Museums and aquariums are great places to take kids on a wet day as they’re mostly inside, as well as being educational and good fun. Or why not take them to your local library or indoor swimming pool? Most kids enjoy swimming and it’s also great exercise too.
When you’re stuck indoors for the day, ask your children to bring down a pile of all their favourite books and enjoy an afternoon of reading. You could set up your own little library with small chairs, biscuits and a glass of squash. After you’ve finished reading, you can encourage them to discuss the book they’ve just read.
Get In The Kitchen
Everybody loves cakes and cookies, nobody more so than kids. There are loads of kid-friendly baking recipes such as Rice-Krispie cakes and chocolate brownies. Gingerbread men and cupcakes are also easy to make, and your children will enjoy decorating them; just make sure you have enough decorations in the cupboard!
Homemade pizzas are also great fun and kids will enjoy choosing their favourite toppings. Frozen fruit pops are easy and fun to make too, plus they’re healthy. You can fill them with whatever fruit you fancy; and you’ll have a refreshing, ice cold, snack for when the weather heats up. Just remember that kids in kitchens may end up in a lot of mess!
Arts and crafts can be enjoyed by children of all ages, and also help parents to interact with their children. Whatever is your or your child’s skill level, there are a range of crafts you can make. Painting is an easy, simple and cheap way to entertain the kids. Pebbles and plant pots can be painted in whatever painting your kids choose and they can be used to decorate the garden. Making your own musical instruments such as pasta shakers is also great fun and can keep kids entertained for hours. Or why not make your own family scrapbook; this is a great way to look back on your favourite memories as a family!
Board games can be so much fun and can bring the family together for some quality time. When the weather is wet, this is a perfect opportunity to dig out the board games. Make the game exciting by offering prizes for the winners!
As well as playing board games, why not have a games day playing a range of games and crowning the champion of the day?
Organise a game of hide and seek around the house, play I-spy, musical statues and drawing games. Let your’s and your children’s imagination run wild and see what games you can come up with!
Put On Your Coat And Wellies!
“A little rain never hurt nobody!” Even in wet weather, you can still enjoy the great UK outdoors, just make sure you wrap up warm! A bike ride or a long walk jumping in muddy puddles are just some of the best ways to make the most of the rainy weather.
Clean The House
Children wouldn’t be jumping for joy at the thought of this, but a whole day indoors is a great opportunity for everybody to chip in and tidy the house. Try and make it fun for younger children and reward them with a treat for helping to clean. You could maybe promise the kids a fun day out when the weather warms up if they get all their chores done.
Clear Out Clutter
The chances are, your children have a lot of toys, books and clothes which they no longer use or play with. This could be a great opportunity to free up some space in the house at the same time as helping people in need. Maybe as an incentive for younger children, reward them with a treat for how much they donate. This will also teach kids the importance of helping others.
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