Keeping the kids happy on rainy days is a problem that parents have had for generations. However, with a bit of creative thinking, there is no end to the fun that you can have indoors. You don’t need to sit them in front of the games console to keep them occupied and instead you should keep some of the following ideas in mind to keep your kids happy no matter what the weather.
Keep a box of fancy dress clothes handy and you will instantly have a simple and easy way to spend a whole afternoon inside. Kids have amazing imaginations, and with a few props you will be surprised at how long they can keep themselves busy. You could even act out a play using all of the costumes and props.
Treasure hunts have been popular for many years, and they are still a fun way to pass the time. Hide lots of items throughout your home, and then send the kids off to find them. You could make it as elaborate as you want, even providing clues along the way to help them get nearer to the prize. It may take a bit of planning on your part, but prepare one of these and you can keep the kids entertained for hours.
Some kids may think that board games are boring, but if you choose the right one, board games can provide hours of fun. Keep a few in your home so that they are ready for rainy days, and make sure you have games that are suited to the age of your children because your kids will enjoy them far more if they can understand the games properly.
Watch a Craft Video
You don’t have to stick on the cartoons to keep the kids entertained. Instead, if they want to watch TV, try to find something productive to watch like a craft video. You could find a video online that teaches them a new skill, such as how to make paper mache. Afterwards, you could put your new knowledge to the test and get creative all afternoon.
Create Your Own Video
Kids love technology, and if you have a digital camera or a phone with video facilities, why not create your own video? Help them to come up with an idea, such as a story, and then have fun filming your footage. Get everyone involved, including other family members, until you have what you need. You could even edit it together using an editing program, although his may be more suitable for slightly older children.
Finally, upload the finished product YouTube so everyone can watch it. The kids will love seeing their final work displayed online, and other people can then download the video using a program like YTD.
Make Some Mess
Kids love getting messy, so consider investing in some paints, stickers, glue, glitter and anything else that they can use to safely make a mess. Set up the table, cover it with newspaper, and then let them go wild. You could give them a theme to get them started, or just let them go for it. They will love creating their own works of art, and they will have something to show for it at the end of the day.
Enjoy Your Rainy Days Inside
Rainy days can be a lot of fun if you prepare for them properly. Keep the above ideas in mind and prepare the props so that you can bring them out whenever you need them, and then you can ensure that you turn those miserable rainy days into days of fun for everyone.
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Steven Young is a grandfather of five children. Now retired, he likes to spend as much time as he can with them, sharing what works with others.