When the weather is mild, there’s plenty we can do to keep kids busy. Trips to the beach or to the local park, nature trails in the woods or even letting them play in the garden will occupy them for a little while. When the cold weather and rain set in, we’re much more limited to the things we can do. To prevent boredom (and tearing your hair out when kids are pent up and running riot at home!) it pays to have some fun, rainy day activities planned for over the next few months. Here are a few ideas.
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There are plenty of options for keeping busy indoors thanks to technology. Take gaming for example, chances are you don’t let your kids spend too much time gaming on a normal day, meaning that when they’re allowed on it’s a real treat for them. Gaming systems like the Nintendo Switch have plenty of great family friendly games, and as a bonus will get them up and moving too. Otherwise, there are lots of apps and free online games. Perfect for burning off that seemingly never ending energy! A movie day is another good option, find something new or rewatch one of your family’s favourites with some snacks and blankets. Otherwise you could let them watch anime or cartoons while you go off and get some jobs done around the house. Reading is another idea, and with so many titles to choose from and download in an instant, you won’t be short on options.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts encourage creativity and imagination in children, and while they can be messy they’re a lot of fun and a great way to bond with your child. Sites like Pinterest are brimming with project ideas and activities for all ages, and you can find big packs of craft materials cheaply on eBay or in any hobby shop. Whether it’s plasticine clay modelling, painting, sewing or something else entirely, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Baking is another rainy day activity which is fun while teaching kids new skills. It shows them that if they’re careful and precise that their project will pretty much work every time, as well as teaching patience and creativity with decorating. One of the best things about baking is you get to eat whatever you’ve made too!
Board games were once a family staple during the colder months, but these days are often shunned for online versions. But there’s plenty to be learned from board games- learning the rules and being able to apply them is a skill that’s transferable to other area of a child’s life. Board games also teach patience and waiting your turn. There are options for all preferences and age ranges, so if you fancy ditching the technology for a night this is a fun one to try. It could be anything from Monopoly to Scrabble to Operation. You could have prizes for winners or forfeits for losers to make it more fun!
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