It can be challenging to come up with ideas for entertaining the kids when the weather is cold, miserable and wet. In a way this limits your possibilities, considering you cannot spend a lot of time outdoors, however, do not fret as there is plenty that can be done indoors too.
This selection of rainy day activities will suit a range of interests, whether your little ones prefer maths or baking.
Use the opportunity to introduce your kids to cooking. Pick out some simple recipes that you know they will like. Some cakes are very easy to make and are bound to be a hit. Pasta sauces and pizzas are also great to make with younger members of the family.
If the kids are young, you will obviously need to take care that they do not handle any sharp knives or piping hot food and liquids. So, if making pizza, for example, put them to work tearing mozzarella cheese with their hands or washing vegetables before you chop them.
Introducing kids to cooking at a young age is important as this increases the likelihood of them enjoying cuisine later on in life, and teaches them how to be independent.
Playwriting and Production
Playwriting and producing a play are a great way to while away time at the weekend. Try to come up with an interesting story that the kids will enjoy performing. If struggling for inspiration, base your play on a book or a TV show.
Let the children assemble a stage and decorate it with soft furnishings and other household goods. If possible, let them raid your closet for costumes too. Make up can be very exciting for kids if you are willing to let them use some or apply some yourself.
Tell the children to practice on their own and tell you when they’re ready to perform. Perhaps you could invite some neighbours to join you in the audience?
Maths and Science Activities
It is worth spending time productively when indoors. Avoid switching on the TV and letting your kids stare at the screen for hours on end. Why not use the time to boost your kids skills and knowledge in maths and science?
There are plenty of science experiments and math puzzles which do not require advance preparation but are still very educational. Many of these can be carried out with the help of just a few commonly found household items such as tennis balls, string, paper and pens and dice. Harvey McEwan writes on a vast range of subjects from family holiday destinations to math puzzles for a rainy day. Read his articles online.