The weather in the UK lets face it is pretty ropey most of the time. For me when the sun is out life just feels easier when it comes to entertaining the children, a paddling pool and a run around the garden plus picnic lunch, go down a treat. However, when the weather is wet and miserable it can feel far more challenging to keep the little monkeys entertained and not climbing the walls or trying to jump on each other.
To encourage their make-believe skills and creativity I like to think ahead and plan some craft activities, so that I don’t feel too despondent when I see the dark rain clouds outside. Here are my top 9 things to do on a rainy day:
- Potato shape painting on to cardboard boxes, which we then turn in to racing cars or castles. No potatoes? Then regular painting or we’ve even tried painting on to rolls of tin foil.
2. A really simple but fun game that we play involves hiding mini eggs around the house for Poppy & Caspar to go on a treasure hunt. Marks & Spencer are currently selling small, foil covered eggs and these are perfect for hiding as treasure. I set some ground rules to minimise upset, splitting the coloured eggs in advance and agreeing which colour they should be looking for, that way when an egg gets found it is given to whoever is collecting that colour. We play this game a couple of times usually, hiding and finding the eggs in the living room, then their bedroom. Weirdly, they then like to hide their own eggs, which they they find themselves ! Keeps them amused for about 40 minutes usually.
3. Build a den. Cushions and throws and the kitchen chairs all come together to make a cave, or a house. Poppy and Caspar often have a variety of games they then plan from inside the den, which usually involve serving tea to us / their toys. I do get them to help me put everything away once the game is over as ‘tidy up time’ should be something they do – not just down to me!
4. Make dried pasta pictures, all you need is a selection of dried pasta from your cupboard and glue. If you have marshmallows in your cupboard, then creating cars or dinosaurs with marshmallows and spaghetti is another fun, table based activity.
5. Next time you are out near a beach or river, look out for pebbles. Collect these up and then on a rainy day you can paint your pebbles. Whether they want to paint ladybirds, fish or pretty patterns it doesn’t matter. You can use clear nail varnish to set your master piece – a perfect present for Granny !
6. Making bread or biscuits, if you want to make it easier for yourself then use a packet mix like the Betty Crocker cake mix range. The children love decorating cupcakes with sprinkles and smarties and always proudly show off their creations to visitors.
7. We’ve also recently had a go at making home made pizza, although by the time they were actually cooked the children weren’t hungry as they’d eaten lots of the toppings as we were decorating them! Ham, cheese, pineapple and chopped peppers all made tasty pizza toppings.
8. A little rain never hurt anyone so as long as its not torrential, I’ll pop on their wet weather gear and we’ll walk ‘around the block’ for 15 minutes, jumping in puddles. Just getting out of the house for a very short time helps me feel more human!
9. I’ve also been told by some of my twin Mummy friends that Argos do two board games for £15.00, apparently the Peppa Pig snakes and ladders is very popular! We’ve not played it but its on my shopping list.
What do you like to do on a rainy day? Do your children have favourite wet weather activities ? Let me know. And just remember, after a rainy day indoor with the kids, OPEN THE WINE! Guaranteed to make you feel a tad more able to cope after your third glass 🙂