There is nothing worse than a rainy day in middle of school holidays, when children are cooped up inside, you have nothing planned, and inevitable cries of “I’m bored” are not far away! Keep this list of rainy day activities ready for just such a day. Older children may enjoy choosing from list themselves.
1. Sort through toy cupboard:
It’s surprising how much fun this can be! Get everyone together and aim to clear one shelf or drawer. You will probably find that old treasures are rediscovered, odd pieces can be thrown away, and some things will be ready to be passed down or sold. If you are not sure whether to get rid of some of toys, try packing them away in a box and hiding them in a dark corner of cupboard for a few months. When they come out again they will either cause a sensation, or not - which will make it easy to decide on their fate!
2. Record sounds around you:
Get out tape recorder and make a project out of recording everyday sounds. Try water running in bath, someone ringing bell and opening door, or flushing toilet! It certainly makes you think about things a little differently than usual. Suggest that some friends or neighbours do same thing and then get together to see if you can identify each other’s sounds!
3. Make a story tape:
Grab that tape recorder and a blank cassette, find a story you enjoy, and make your own story tape! Each child can read for a while, or can take on part of a particular character. Make appropriate noises too! You will probably have to practice a few times to get hang of it, and be prepared for lots and lots of giggles! Tip: a homemade story tape makes a great present for a child who has to go to hospital or is bedridden for a time.
4. Have a jigsaw afternoon:
Get out all your jigsaws and invite some friends around with theirs too! Clear plenty of space and have a marathon jigsaw session. Some libraries have jigsaws you can borrow too, and you can often find jigsaws for sale very cheaply at charity shops (thrift stores) and car boot sales (garage sales). Tip: if you buy your jigsaws second-hand and box has seen better days, cut out picture and store it in a re-sealable bag with all pieces.