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I didn’t actually realise half-term was upon us until around 3pm on the Friday before. Argh!
My niece and nephew don’t start their holidays until the week after so needless to say, I’ve been completely caught out an unprepared for the days ahead.
But we are determined to make the most of it. My eldest is usually at pre-school four days a week and come 3pm the most he can managing is slumping on the sofa and demanding snacks.
During the holidays, our usual activities centre around getting outside as much as we can but as it’s going to rain for most of the week, we need to be a bit more creative.
Here are a few ideas on how to keep the kids entertained while it’s pouring outside.
- Make play dough
- Create a forest using play dough, dry spaghetti and penne pasta – stick the spaghetti in the play dough so that it stands up then thread the penne onto the spaghetti to make trees
- Indoor bowling
- Built a fort using boxes
- Paint a picture
- Create a cosy book corner and read
- Play hide and seek with objects – I love this one, we have these ELC nesting eggs and we take turns to hide each one
- Ice cupcakes with sprinkles and chocolate buttons
- Have an indoor picnic
- Play with stickers – Melissa and Doug Reusable Stickers are a favourite in this house, plus the kids can get really creative with making their own scenes on the huge pad
- Pot some indoor plants
- Play copying words with magnetic letters – my eldest loves doing this. We use his favourite books and he finds words that look interesting and we spell them out together on the fridge
- Finger painting – this handy book from Usborne keeps little hands really busy
- Thread pipe cleaners
- Make pancakes – get your little one to help mix the batter
- Wash the windows with water and vinegar – create your own mix and put in a spray bottle
- Butter bread – then eat it as a snack
- Match socks
- Put away clothes
- Play with a Slinky
- Listen to music and have a dance
- Snuggle up and watch a film
- Make an obstacle course in the living room
- Build a tower out of recycling
- Take pictures – Jack has his own VTech camera so enjoys going around the house taking photos of things that interest him and using all the special effects
- Thread beads on to pipe cleaners
- Play with cooked spaghetti
- Call or FaceTime grandma/granddad
- Play in the bath
- Write a shopping list – get your child to write their own list and read it out to you. It doesn’t matter if they can or can’t write yet, it’s a really great way of them learning how to make marks and assign meaning to it.
- Play a board game – We all love Dotty Dinosaurs by Orchard Toys, really simple and helps children learn about shapes and colours
- Play doctors/dentist with teddies
What do you and your kids like to do on cold and rainy days?