Perfect Rainy-Day Activities

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When you’ve got young kids, autumn and winter can be tough. In the summer, you take them out every day, you explore, and you spend hours on end playing out in the garden. You’re almost glad of a rainy-day to get a bit of rest. Then, in the colder months, you don’t want to be outside all the time, but most of us can’t afford to be going to expensive indoor events and attractions every weekend. This can mean cabin fever quickly sets in.

The first few weeks are great, you catch up on some chores, the kids play with toys that have sat forgotten for months, and everyone gets a chance to chill out and just enjoy being at home. Then, it gets boring. Tempers flare, behavior takes a turn for the worse, and everyone gets tired and grumpy. Day’s at home are no longer restful and relaxing. If anything, a dull day inside can be significantly harder than a busy day out. However, with just a little bit of imagination and a quick scroll through Pinterest, there are plenty of things you can find to do, to keep these rainy-days fun, exciting and anything but boring. Here’s a look at some fantastic rainy-day activities to get you started.

Baking
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Baking is a wonderful home activity that children from toddlers to teens love to have a go at. Try some basic cookie or cake recipes with younger children, but remember, they will make a mess. Try not to ruin the fun by being too careful. If you’ve got older children, you could try some more complicated recipes or even have a go at making things like burgers, pizza or bread together. Generally, kids love helping their parents and baking gives them a brilliant chance to do it.

Painting
Painting is another excellent indoor activity that kids of any age enjoy. Even babies can experiment with safe paints. They’ll love the feeling of making patterns with their fingers and watching as different colors mix together.

Seasonal Crafts
One great thing about the colder months is that plenty is going on. The leaves are falling off the trees, the colors of nature are changing, snow falls, then there’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. All of this means there is plenty of inspiration for both crafting and baking. Try some festive recipes such as http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/occasions/christmas or paint some autumn themed pictures. With so much going on, it’s hard not to be inspired.

Pamper Days
Older kids absolutely love having pampered party days. It’s another way they can copy their parents and try some older things. They love to feel grown up and special. Home spa days are easy to organize, buy some shampoos like those at https://soundbodylife.com/best-sulfate-free-shampoos-and-conditioners, make some homemade facemasks and have a go at some non-alcoholic cocktails to make the day feel extra special. For the ultimate treat, invite some of their friends around to join in the fun.

Start a Vlog
Vlogging is absolutely massive right now. You could start your own vlog and include the kids as another way to let them feel special or grown up. Or if they are older, you could help them to start their own. If you don’t feel comfortable, try something on Facebook live or just have fun with Instagram stories. Just make sure you check out safety guides and tips about protecting your kids online like these - http://www.parenting.com/article/keeping-your-child-safe-on-the-internet.

Video Games
As parents, we spend a lot of our time trying to get kids away from screens and devices. But there’s nothing wrong with it as an occasional treat. Especially if you are playing too. Get stuck in and let them teach you how to play. They’ll enjoy being the one with all of the knowledge for a change. You could find some of your favorite games from when you were a kid to show them.

Brave the Outdoors
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You may not want to do this on every rainy-day, but one of the best ways to enjoy a wet day is getting outdoors in it. As long as you’re all in good health and you wrap everyone up a day out collecting autumnal treasures, jumping in puddles or exploring the changes in nature can be great fun.

The key to a successful rainy day is to get everyone moving and doing things together. It’s only ever when you are all sat watching or playing different things that people get bored. Use the time to reconnect with your family, make the most of it, and enjoy yourselves without distractions.

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