When the kids break up from school in the summer, it’s a great chance to spend some family quality time together. Days out, vacations, theme parks and other activities- it really helps to break up the year and is a fantastic way to treat your kids if they’ve been working hard at school. But let’s face it, there are always going to be those days where the weather isn’t great, or you’re just looking to save money by staying in instead. To save yourself from going mad and hearing ‘I’m bored!’ on repeat, it’s worth having some rainy day activities planned. Here are just a few that you could consider.
Is there anything better than being cozied up on the sofa with some blankets, snacks and your favorite family movies when it’s miserable outside? Kids DVDs that are a couple of years old cost hardly anything to buy- you can even find them in dollar stores. If you stock up on a few that you know your kids haven’t seen before it’s a great way to kill time on a rainy afternoon.
Chances are you don’t let your kids spend too much time gaming, meaning that when they’re allowed on it’s a real treat for them. Maybe you’re busy about the house one day and just need them to be occupied and out from under your feet. In this case, letting them play some video games could be a good option. Unturned is popular at the moment and good for kids, the age rating is twelve so great if you have any bored pre-teens in the house. If it starts getting a little boring they could even have some fun messing around with hacks and cheats to play the game in a different way, sites like https://www.iwantcheats.net/unturned-hacks/ are useful for this. Alternatively, gaming systems like the Nintendo Wii have plenty of great family friendly games, and as a bonus will get them up and moving too. Perfect for burning off that seemingly never ending energy!
Baking is a fantastic thing to teach kids. It shows them that if they’re careful and precise and follow a recipe exactly, their project will pretty much work every time. Cupcakes and cookies are easy and child- friendly to bake. Or if you want to keep it simple you could buy some ready-made cakes and get the ingredients to decorate them instead. Once you’re all finished baking, you get to eat whatever you’ve made too which is always an added bonus!
Sites like Pinterest are brimming with ideas, and there are crafting projects you could do for all age ranges. Jot down some ideas and then pick up some supplies from a craft shop or eBay. Big packs of sequins, feathers, pipe cleaners and other accessories aren’t expensive to buy and can provide hours of fun. Even some paper and colored pens make a great, quiet, rainy day activity.