In the wake of recent storms and heavy rain, it can be difficult to accomplish all of your staycation plans. Our team is here to let you know that you don’t have to give up your holiday fun because of stormy weather; in fact, you can even embrace it by getting in some quality time with the family.
If you find yourself stuck on a rainy day (or even a snowy day), this list of rainy-day activities will inspire you with plenty of ideas for you to spend with the whole family.
- The Great Indoors: A camp experience like no other
While camping may not be your first thought when it comes to fun indoor activities, what’s to say tents have to stay outdoors? It’s easy for kids to set up camp indoors if you have a pop-up or dome tent. Alternatively, why not make your own fort by draping sheets over the sofa and other furnishings for a night that you won’t forget.
Feel free to go wild by furnishing your fort with a range of pillows, sleeping bags and even an airbed! Grab whatever you can find, followed by a picnic to be eaten ‘under the canvas’ and perhaps a movie for the whole family.
- Get the family together for an indoor treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are perfect for the whole family on rainy days – everyone gets to move around and have fun. Better yet, it’s as simple as printing off (or drawing) a map and gathering a few items to scatter around the house with a bunch of clues to lead them to the real treasure!
Make sure you aren’t being too literal when you write the clues, by doing this you can enjoy hearing how your children connect the clue with their item by allowing them to think outside the box!
For those with younger children its often best to play as a team (or even 2 teams) together in order to solve the clues and locate the treasure, while older kids are more likely to enjoy playing solo and winning a prize.
Above all, the most important thing is to have fun!
- Get Crafty: Create a paper map of a city
If you’ve got a roll of craft paper and pens, why not use it? Let your kids go wild with drawing a city of their choice by rolling a long piece of paper down the hallway, or taping multiple sheets of paper together, securing the corners and edges!
It’s a great idea to get them involved by asking them to draw roads, bridges, lakes, playgrounds, schools, shops, and everything else that’s needed to bring the city to life on paper. The kids will love this parent-child bonding activity while having fun and getting a little dirty!
Bonus tip: Encourage kids to bring colour to the map by adding Lego pieces and blocks that can be used to construct buildings along the way. With the help of this map, your children can drive their toy cars and create stories together with imaginary friends. It’s an activity with endless possibilities!
- Create Pasta Pictures & Jewellery
Arts and crafts are a great way to enhance your children’s creative skills, such as pasta crafts, for parents looking for a unique approach to getting creative and keeping them engaged. The great thing about pasta crafts is that they can be made by both adults and children and there are many ways to make bracelets, necklaces, jewellery, and cards with pasta.
For creating your pasta masterpieces, all you need is a bit of dried pasta, paper, PVA glue, and some Pinterest inspiration! Looking to mix it up a bit? Try adding some rice to the mix and see what your mini Monets can create.
- Build an indoor obstacle course
If your kids are stuck inside, an obstacle course is an effective way to burn off some energy and can provide them with hours of endless fun!
Make your kids hop down the hall, slide under the tables, throw beanbags into a bucket, front flip on the sofa and use pillows to get around to avoid touching the floor!
Come up with a challenging course (and get the kids involved, too). If each child accomplishes the task in time, you can give toys or a form of a medal to them.
Whether it’s board games, arts and crafts, or active games that help your kids burn off energy, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you enjoy your staycation. These ideas will keep your kids occupied on even the gloomiest of days.
In addition to helping your children to develop, many of the activities are also fun and can provide some quality time to help you bond with your family.
The best part? The majority of the activities are free or inexpensive and allow you to utilise everything you already have lying around in your home.
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