10 clever rainy-day activities for kids
Nicole Avery from Planning With Kids gives her top tips for keeping children entertained when the school holidays turn rainy.
While we dream of and plan for all the sun-filled days we’ll spend playing outside with the kids during the school holidays, it doesn’t always work out that way.
To prevent cabin fever from arising when the rain clouds gather, it’s wise to have a list of fun indoor activities the kids can do to keep them entertained. Here are 10 ideas to have up your sleeve:
- Make a movie – have the kids work together to plan out a basic plot, the props they will need and the key characters, then let them create their own movie using the video on your phone or other mobile device.
- Make a chatterbox – most of us will remember making this simple paper craft as a child, but just in case you need a refresher, you can follow along with this tutorial on YouTube.
- Build a cubby house – give the kids a pile of pillows, some sheets and the dining-table chairs, and let them make a cubby to play in.
- Colouring in – colouring in is very on-trend at the moment for kids and adults alike, which makes it easy to find gorgeous, free printables to work with. If you are after mandala-type ones, you can find some here, or if you after something more suitable for younger children this site has a wide range of popular characters.
- Scavenger hunts – this activity can range from simple to complex depending on the age of your The idea is for children to have a list of items they need to find in the home. You can hide them in advance or you can just recall items that you know are inside the house. If you have more than one child, you can have them both do the same list and see who finds the items first, or you can have the kids create lists for each other and have a timed hunt.
- Indoor hopscotch – hand over a roll of masking tape to the kids and let them create an indoor hopscotch pattern on the floor, then let them play. If you have young children, you may need to work with them to create the outline.
- Listen to audio books – if you are a member of a local library, see if they are signed up to Borrow Box, an app that allows you to read or listen to their eBooks and eAudiobooks for free any time. It is available on iTunes and Google Play.
- Create an indoor obstacle course – pillows, stools, buckets, skipping ropes and chairs can all be props as part of an indoor obstacle course. For example, our youngest two boys have created courses that require them to do things like crawl under chairs, jump over stools, walk along skipping ropes and throw balls into buckets among other, very imaginative things that have kept them entertained for long periods of time.
- Balloon games – there are many different games kids can play with balloons, so keep a packet stashed away for rainy days. Favourites with our kids include balloon volley ball using string strung across the room, balloon tennis using a fly swat, and balloon keep-it-off.
- Make afternoon tea – let the kids flick through some easy cookbooks and find something to make for afternoon tea. If you have oranges or lemons on hand you can also have them squeeze the fruit by hand to make fresh juice to go with their snack.