What could be worse for your kids than being stuck in the house all day on a rainy day? You don’t want to hear ‘I’m bored’ every 5 minutes, nor do you want their eyes to turn square shaped because they’ve spent so much time playing on their Xbox/PS4, or spent hours scrolling Facebook and consuming other rubbish!
Instead, make sure you’re prepared for these rainy days by knowing exactly how to occupy your kids in a way that will benefit them. Need ideas? We’ve got you covered with 11 suggestions below:
1.Start A Puzzle Together
Puzzles can be a great way to occupy both you and your kids on a rainy day. They’re great because they can be as challenging as you want them to be, so they can keep you all occupied for hours! You can even come away from it for a bit and go back to it when you feel like it. If it’s a particularly large puzzle with small pieces, it might take you a few days to complete, so bear that in mind.
2. Read Together
Having a readathon is a great idea, too; reading will sharpen your kid’s language skills, including their speaking and listening. They might also develop a penchant for writing themselves, and grow their imaginations while they’re at it. Pick a book and take it in turn to read passages out loud or simply pick a book each and sit in quiet companionship. Maybe set the scene with some blankets, candles, and snacks!
3. Write A Fun Story Together
If your kids already love writing or want to try it out, how about writing a fun story together? You don’t have to take this too seriously, of course; you could write a sentence or two, and then your kids take it in turns, before you have a page or two short story – or you can keep going for as long as you like. You can then have fun reading the story out loud and see what crazy things happen to your character!
4. Come Up With A Fun Craft Project
How about coming up with a fun craft project? You could put together a beautiful scrapbook, make a collage, or do something else with things you have around the house. You can do pretty much anything with hot melt glue sticks and some bits and pieces you might find in your cupboards. If you don’t have craft supplies, many places sell fun things, such as paper to decoupage old furniture, glitter, sequins, paints, chalks, and so much more.
5. Create An Indoor Treasure Hunt
You don’t have to hide anything exciting, but how about an indoor treasure hunt to keep the kids busy for a while? Hiding something small, like a paperclip, is totally fine – you don’t need to spend a fortune or buy something special. Use what you have and you can still have a lot of fun.
6. Build A Fort
Having a fort in the living room on a rainy day can be an experience that your kids remember forever. Who doesn’t love a fort? You can use couch cushions, blankets, chairs, and anything else you have to hand. Inside the fort you can read, draw, or just watch something on a portable DVD player or tablet.
7. Make A Home Cinema
A home cinema could be a good idea if you don’t want to have to do much. Maybe you want it to be a pyjama day for all of you. Use a projector to screen a film if you have one, make snacks, and bring your duvets downstairs. See how many Harry Potter films you can get through, or choose a different series if you prefer!
8. Draw Something
Why not challenge your kids to draw something for you? All you have to do to help them is Google how to draw whatever it is and leave them to it. Maybe they want to draw a unicorn, or a self portrait/family portrait. They’ll be able to practice their drawing skills, enjoy making art, and you’ll have something nice to put on the fridge. If they can stay focused, it should keep them busy for a while. Just make sure you don’t hover over them, telling them what to do. Leave them to use their imaginations, and be sure to praise their effort, not the finished result afterwards. If they do the sky an unusual shade of purple, rather than blue, tell them you like their interesting choice of color and ask their reasoning behind it. Don’t spoil their creativity by telling them it’s wrong!
9. Play A Card Game
Card games can be a lot of fun. You could choose snap, which is a really simple card game for most ages and abilities, or you could teach them something a little more difficult like Pyramid or Go fish. Again, this is an activity that will challenge your kids and make them think while you all have fun.
10. Bake Some Sweet Treats
Baking is amazing for numerous reasons – it makes your home smell wonderful, you have lots of yummy things to eat, and you stay busy for a while, mixing, baking, and decorating your creations. Plus, you can feel smug knowing that you’re teaching your kids valuable cooking skills that they can use in the future. Baking is often the easiest and best way to start them off. Before you know it, they’ll be knocking up all kinds of dishes, and they might even be making dinner for you.
11. Paint Your Faces
Why not play dress up? Have fun dressing in crazy outfits and painting one another’s faces. Maybe you could choose characters from the TV, or make up your own fun characters. You could even get your kids to put on some kind of play or performance afterwards if they like that kind of thing!
All you have to do to make sure your kids stay occupied is choose the right activity for their age and abilities. If it’s not challenging or enjoyable enough they are unlikely to stick with it for long, but if it’s too easy, they will undoubtedly get bored. Leave any of your own suggestions below!
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