The summer holidays are in full flow and so are the windy and rainy days that the British summer is famous for. We can never guarantee hot summer days and so it’s a good idea to have a list of activities that will help mums and dads keep the youngest members of the family entertained, whatever the weather.
We've come up with 10 free activity ideas that we hope will hope to keep boredom at bay.
- Make a theatre for your toys. This activity is inspired by a Tweet from Stephanie Burton-Cox. Hey Duggee will be proud of. Find inspiration for plays from story books or recreate the shows you see on television, or just see what comes out of your imagination.
- Take a trip to your local library. Some libraries hold fun activity sessions for young children but a library visit is always worthwhile. Spend time looking at all the different books and picking new favourites to borrow.
- Head to the pond, wood, beach or country park to see how many different animals you can find. Take a camera and a crayon and paper to note down and even draw some of the birds, fish and other wildlife you can spot. If it’s raining you can always enjoy some puddle splashing while you’re there!
- Make a den (either inside or outside the home). Rain never gets in the way of den making; you can set one up anywhere! A den in the bedroom or living room is the perfect place for a magical sleepover, some lunch and the ideal play den for the toys.
- Have a movie day. Mums and dads don’t always feel like doing much (especially when summer colds pay a visit) and movie days can be a blessing on days like these. It’s always a good idea to have some popcorn kernels in the cupboard to save for movie days, they are cheap and you can choose your own toppings and flavourings to add. Pick a new film that you loved as a child and share it with your little ones, or choose a firm favourite that you know they love. When the movie is over use the story to inspire further play ideas, painting the characters or the scenery, using toys to play the characters, talking about the show or doing some of the activities that your child has seen in the film.
- Get creative in the kitchen. It doesn't matter if you don’t have the full ingredients to make a recipe or not. Sometimes it can be fun just making up a mixture using anything you can find in the cupboard (just explain that it’s not going to be suitable to eat!). Raid the backs of the cupboards, grab a bowl and a spoon and get mixing up a concoction together.
- Make a scrap book. Gather up the old magazines and newspapers from around the house and make a scrap book or a collage.
- Play playground games that you used to enjoy as a child. Tag, stuck in the mud, hide and seek, skipping, catch, elastics (does anyone remember that game?), football, all good fun and a good way of burning off some energy.
- The living room obstacle course! If it’s wet outside you can always turn the living room into an activity centre using the cushions and other soft toys from the home. Make a course and get moving!
- A holiday in the garden is sometimes just as much fun as the real thing. Get the tent out, make it cosy and find the torch and spend a night or two under the stars.
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