With so much rain around and it looking set to continue here are a few ideas to keep boredom at bay during half term – have fun!
1) Have an alphabet day. Choose an activity based on a letter of the alphabet for example a = art or acting (a game of charades would fit nicely here – for smaller children picture charades work well), b = baking or building (with Lego etc) and so on. If the weather improves you can continue the alphabet outdoors too, and it is something that could run over several days. Although many of the activities may be ones they are used to doing, sometimes just presenting them in a different way can ignite enthusiasm and you may find some new favourite activities too
2) Host your own Olympics – Every child I have spoken to is excited about this event. Contests that could easily be set up in your own front room include weight lifting – just use a couple of baked bean tins, blow football, balloon volleyball and maybe some alternative Olympic events like tower building or a dressing up race. You could add a Winter Olympic feel too with tea tray luge/skeleton or tissue box skates. The children could make medals too.
3) Colour treasure hunt – Get the children to go round the house spotting as many red objects for example. They may come across some old toys they had forgotten about along the way that could help keep them amused after the activity has finished.
4) Colour Day – Carrying on from the above idea, you could choose a colour for the day. Everyone would need to dress in this colour and you could try to eat foods that are this colour. Activities could include each person thinking of something different in that colour and miming it, or making pictures only using materials and paint/pen that are the colour of the day.
5) Indoor circuit – It is very easy on a rainy day to do a lot of sitting down activities, so why not throw in an active circuit. Things like running on the spot for 20 seconds, 20 star jumps, 20 steps up and down the bottom stair, balancing on one leg for a set time – all things that take up no space but get your children burning off some energy
6) Arts and crafts – This is always popular on a rainy day and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune or create a lot of mess. Save things like paper plates and you can make many different things. For example we have used paper plates to make a fish, a royal carriage, a mask and our favourite dinner. You could challenge your children to come up with as many different ideas to make with their paper plate as they can.
Do you have any other great rainy days ideas to share? Do let us know in the comments below.