It's that time of Year, Spring has arrived and with it comes the rain showers. If your kids are anything like I was as a child when it rained then you'll need some inspiration to keep them occupied on those dark, damp days that are sure to be just around the corner.
We've trawled the Web and found 8 great ways to keep your kids entertained during the rainy days ahead...
Rainy Day Activity Number 1 - Crack open the Board Games
Who needs a Playstation, X-Box or PC when it comes to playing games? Why not dig out those 'old-school' board games from the back of the cupboard, dust them off and show your kids just how much fun a traditional board game actually is! They're far more interactive and social than any computer games console!
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Rainy Day Activity Number 2 - Get messy Baking Cookies
Baking is always great fun to do - just be prepared for a bit of mess and allow time to clear up afterwards! Pick something simple like cookies to make as they don't take long and you can keep your kids entertained...
Rainy Day Activity Number 3 - Create an Indoor Fort
This was probably the most fun actvity we used to do as kids. I remember my 2 sisters and I using clothes drying racks and multiple blankets to create the coolest forts in the World... We used to spend hours pretending to hold off invaders and guarding our fort from virtual attacks!
Rainy Day Activity Number 4 - Snuggle up at the Movies
Sometimes there's nothing more cosy than finding a good film, a big bowl of popcorn and a bottle of pop and snuggling down on the sofa with a warm blanket whilst the rain is pouring down outside.
Rainy Day Activity Number 5 - Have a Tea Party
Get a large teapot and that's about it! Make some sandwiches, buy some mini cakes (or hopefully your freshly baked cookies are now cool enough to eat) pop some music on and invite all your neighbour's kids around for a tea party.
Rainy Day Activity Number 6 - Go on an Indoor Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunts are super easy to set up and SO much fun for kids! The best way to organise a treasure hunt is to start at the end and work backwards...
Obviously you'll need some form of treasure, be it some sweeties, a toy or something else. Hide it in a good place that isn't likely to be found by accident. Then all you need to do is create a series of clues and plant them in places that can be found by figuring out the clue.
For example, if you hide a clue in the bread bin your clue might say something like "You'll find me in the place you make toast" or for something a little more cryptic "You'll find me where we make our breakfast" as it will give them a few options to look and make it more fun!
Decide on how many clues you want to give and then start them off! They'll love it, and it's great because the kids will have to think. Remember to make the clues easy enough depending on the age of the kids taking part!
Rainy Day Activity Number 7 - Doodle on the Walls!
Now we're not suggesting you take to your pencil case and start writing all over your walls! There are some really cool products you can buy now that you can put on your walls that you can write on... There is dry-wipe wallpaper where the walls are made of whiteboard material that you can actually write on with dry wipe markers and simply wipe clean. There are blackboard panels that you can buy and stick to your walls that you can use as a conventional blackboard with chalk, a great addition to any child's bedroom (so long as they know only to write on that part of the wall!)!
You can spend your time doodling, drawing and colouring on the walls, take some photos of their creations when complete and simply wipe clean when finished.
Rainy Day Activity Number 8 - Make A Splash!
If your kids have still got cabin fever after all of these activities then there's nothing else for it but to wrap up, put your wellies on and go puddle jumping! Sometimes this can be the most fun activity and after all, a little rain never hurt anyone!
Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for the next rainy day at home with the kids.
Do you have any top tips or exciting ideas that you'd like to share with everyone?? Add your comments below!