The last few days here in the UK have been gloomy, grey and rainy. And what does a rainy day normally mean?
Bored, miserable and moody children!
Bored, miserable and moody children that WE, have to entertain! Failing to do so will result in tears, tantrums, screaming fits and sibling rivalry at its best.
But a rainy day really can be just as fun as a sunny one. You don't have to be cooped up indoors all day with phones, iPads and the Xbox but instead use the rainy day as an opportunity for an awesome family fun day full of quality time spent together.
With there being no sign of the weather improving here anytime soon, I have put together a quick list of rainy day activities and have divided it into Outdoor Activities and Indoor Activities.
1) Watch the rain
This can be really therapeutic. Stand together under a shelter, collect your thoughts then discuss what you can see, how you feel, what you can hear and how the air smells.
2) Channel the water flow
This can be great fun. Using loose bricks, stones, old bits of guttering or whatever else you have around you that you can easily get your hands on, channel the water and see if you can make it collect somewhere.
3) Catch the rain on your tongue
4) Make a waterproof den using natural materials (no tarpaulin or plastic sheets)
5) Puddle Jumping
6) Watch water streams run down the road and see where they collect.
7) Make paper boats and sail them in a puddle
8) Rain art
Put a few drops of food colouring on a paper plate, then some raindrops and swirl it. See what patterns you can make.
9) Make rain music
Spend a few minutes just listening to the sounds of the weather. Set out various objects, such as metal, plastic and glass containers, to see how water droplets sound when they hit different surfaces.
10) Make nature boats
Sticks, small pieces of wood, leaves, bark and larger petals all make great boats. Which items make the fastest boats? Which sail the furthest?
11) Animal hunt
Become detectives and see what animals or minibeasts you can find outside while its raining.
2) Board games
Favourites in our house are Cluedo, Junior Cluedo, Junior Monopoly and Beat the Parents but we have played many more.
3) Den building
Good old fashion den building! Find the clothes pegs, gather the blankets together and challenge yourselves to make the biggest indoor den you have made to date.
4) Cup phones
Using 2 paper cups and a length of string you can make cup phones. Make a tiny hole in the ends of both cups, thread the string through both holes and tie a knot to stop it pulling back through.
Then there you have it - cup phones.
Can you hear each other through them? My children had loads of fun with these as did I as a child.
5) Baking and / or cooking
6) Home Cinema
Take a family movie day or night to the next level...why not cook some hot dogs, get some fizzy pop, pick and mix sweets and of course, don't forget the popcorn.
7) Trip to the library / story time
Take yourselves off to your local library or get all cosy at home to enjoy a good book.
8) Treasure Hunt
Place some items around the house, write some clues then send the children off to find the treasure.
9) Make cards / write letter to someone special
10) Write an Article for a newspaper or magazine
11) Indoor picnic
12) Have a disco
13) Make a collage (depict the weather outside then make another a collage contrasting it)
14) Make Paper planes
15) Hama Beads
If you haven't tried these yet you're missing out!
The possibilities are endless...you can make coasters, garlands, fridge magnets and so much more in just about any shape or design you can think of!
Whatever the weather, remember just. have. fun!