With the weather changing I thought I would write a quick post with some of my favourite rainy day activities that don’t need to cost the earth. I have linked to some websites for you so you can get lots more ideas but the 3 below are my favourites.
Homemade play dough
This is really easy to make and the making is part of the fun. Try and split the dough into a few pieces if you have more than one child and they can each make their own colours. It keeps well in a sealed container in the fridge, you may need to knead it and add a little more flour when you take it out.
Your will need:
- 3/4 cup of salt
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- 3/4 to I cup of boiling water from the kettle.
Mix the dry ingredients together and add the water. Start with 3/4 of a cup of water and add more as required. Add a few drops of your favourite colour to the water or you can knead it in later if you want a few different colours.
There are lots of sites with templates for you to use. I would suggest starting with little people or snowflakes and see how it goes! Paper aeroplanes are also ever popular.
http://www.paperairplanes.co.uk – Lots of instructions and videos for the little ones to watch.
This is my daughters favourite rainy day activity. We set up an obstacle course in the house, they make a slide off the spare bed and generally get rid of excess energy.
Before you start you can do some arts and crafts and can print out a great set of badges and medals from cbeebies and their fimbles site here. You can colour them in and decorate the winners trophy.
Some of our favourite games are:
- An obstacle course with a blanket to crawl under, chairs to climb over and stairs to bump down on bottoms. You can tailor this to the age of your children and their abilities.
- Skittles with empty plastic bottles and beanbags.
- Beanbag throwing into baskets and pots.
- Musical pots and pans (if you can stand the noise!)