When it’s raining outside, it can be tempting to switch the TV on to pass the time, or to leave kids up to their own play. Although there is nothing wrong with these options, a rainy day is also a great opportunity for some creative indoor fun with your kids.
To get you started, we have created a guide of 5 creative rainy day activities for you to try:
Teach Your Children to Bake
Baking fairy cakes, gingerbread men, and other simple bakes will help your children learn essential cooking skills and build their confidence in the kitchen.
If you encourage them to get involved with the whole process, it also exercises other skills like reading aloud, measuring, and counting. Then there is the added incentive of sampling the finished product once they are out of the oven!
Need some recipe inspiration? Check out our range of children’s cookbooks to expand their knowledge of the world of baking.
Create a Papier-Mache Globe
Find a balloon which is as close to spherical as possible and after blowing it up cover with layers of small squares of papier-mache made from glue and paper (or flour and water paste) leaving it to dry between each layer. Leave to dry, then pop the balloon and draw it out of the round case.
Paint the oceans and continents on it, even add animals or famous landmarks. This is also an opportunity to get creative and make up your own world! Paint the highest snowy peaks, and add locations of buried treasure or seas for mermaids to swim in.
Shop our wide range of arts & crafts supplies and use them to create your very own world.
Learn to Write Letters
In an age of emails, phone calls, and instant messaging, the art of letter writing is no longer an essential skill for communication. However, encouraging your child to put pen to paper is a great way to practice handwriting skills, and learn about posting letters when sending a personal message to a loved one. Send your letter to another country and imagine the journey it takes across the world!
Want to add some creative flair to your letter writing? Explore our range of children’s stamps and stencils.
Create a Scavenger Hunt
Whether you have 1 or 10 kids to entertain, an indoor scavenger hunt can be tailored to any size of group, theme, and age range. One hunt idea is to hide small prizes around the house for the kids to find, perhaps with the help of clues or a ‘treasure map’. Alternatively, you could use the objects around your home to create a hunt, by making a list of things to find, such as ‘something with four legs’ or ‘something red’.
Make Your Own Musical Instruments
Raid your recycling and your craft box, and gather together some materials for children to make their own musical instruments. Fill a recycled milk bottle with buttons and beads to make a shaker, or decorate an old coffee tin to make a colourful drum. This activity encourages kids to be both resourceful and imaginative, and they will have loads of fun playing their instruments once the glue has dried!
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