It doesn’t matter whether you’re at home or on vacation, rain can make your kids bored and miserable. They might have been looking forward to a day outside in the sunshine, or you might have promised them a family day out. But now they are stuck inside with nothing to do. But being indoors doesn’t have to be boring and you don’t have to stick them in front of the TV all day. Use the following suggestions to keep your kids entertained indoors when there’s bad weather outside.
Get them cooking
No matter what age your children are, they can get involved in the kitchen. It’s an important life skill that can encourage them to adopt healthy habits and lets them discover new foods and flavours. You can use kid’s food blogs or use this YouTube channel to help you decide which recipes you want to create together. Baked goods are fantastic as your children can help mix up the ingredients and decorate the end result after it’s cooked. They can also get creative by using their food to create fun shapes and pictures. Encourage them to feel different ingredients, get messy and to use their imagination. No matter what type of creations you decide to make, your kids will love the experience of making something from scratch.
Have a scavenger hunt
Your kids will love the excitement and mystery of a scavenger hunt, and they can be hours of fun. Create a list of items that they need to find from all over your home or vacation accommodation. These should vary from really easy to more difficult to get them thinking. If you have more than one child, you can turn this into a mini-competition to see who can find each item the fastest. Once they’ve found each item on the list, give them a prize. Remember only to choose items that they can reach and encourage them not to run too quickly.
Create a storybook
If your kids love to hear and tell stories, why not help them create their own storybook. Grab some pieces of paper and come up with a story together. You could use a classic fairytale or plot from a movie they enjoy to help you get started. Just ensure that you make some changes along the way to make it feel more original. You could make your child or one of their favourite toys as the main character for instance. It can be as over the top or as simple as your child likes- there are no rules. If your child is old enough, ask them to write down the words of the story as you create them. They might also enjoy creating a front cover or colourful illustrations for the storybook. Once it is complete, your child can read it aloud and store it on their bookshelf ready for bedtime story time.
While these ideas are ideal for bad weather, nothing is stopping you from using them during fantastic weather either. Your kids will soon discover that staying indoors can be just as exciting and fun as being outside.