Rainy days can quickly leave a family feeling restless while being couped up indoors, but days like today don’t need to be filled with stress or cabin-fever. We’ve taken the time to come up with some great ideas to keep the little one’s entertained and to help you beat the rainy-day blues.
Have an indoor treasure hunt
A treasure hunt is a great way to entertain kids of any age and is a game that can be played for hours. You can hide treats or toys and just give each kid a small basket or bag to collect their treasure in. To keep the little ones engaged, offer a prize for the child who brings back to most treasure each round.
Create a town with cardboard boxes
If you have any old cardboard boxes laying around, then find a big open space in your home to create a town. Let the kids decorate the boxes with windows and doors, and help them to create roads, cars, trucks, animals, people, bridges and parks to go into the town. Let your child’s imagination run wild and see what else they want to add to their creation.
Build a tent and go camping
As long as you don’t mind part of your house being rearranged for a few hours, you can build a tent out of chairs, pillows, and blankets to create an indoor campsite. Encourage your children to use their imagination and they can pretend they are out camping in the great outdoors.
Have a family movie day
Set up a home movie theatre and settle down to watch some fun family movies together. Heat up some popcorn and spend the day relaxing with the family. This is an easy way to keep kids of all ages entertained.
Make your own story books
Create a fun memory of your rainy day by having your kids make their own story books. Just use a notebook or staple some pages together and let the kids decorate the front cover. They could draw their own pictures or use magazines, stickers or your own family photos to create a story or scrapbook.
Bake and decorate cupcakes
Most kids love to bake, spend some time with your child baking together and have a baking cupboard stocked with some decorating basics such as sprinkles, fronting, lollies and cupcake basic so you can keep the kids entertained for ages.
Have an indoor picnic
Spread out the picnic blanket and set out some small plates with snacks, drinks and napkins and have an indoor picnic. Soft toys and pets make great guests as well.
Create a playlist and have a disco
Create a playlist of some of yours and your children’s favourite songs, put it on shuffle and have a disco in the house. Move back your furniture to create a dancefloor, and play dancing games with the music.
Create your own board games
Board games are a great way to keep busy for a few hours, give your children a large sheet of card, some pens, old magazines, glue and scissors and let them use their imagination to create their own games. They’ll need to make up their own rules, tokens, cards, and dice and then take turns playing the games they’ve created.