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Three Things To Do With Your Kids On A Rainy Day

Rainy Day Activities

With as much rain as we have been getting, it’s hard to keep everyone in the family entertained. But, as much as it can seem intimidating and hard to find things to do – there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors!

Here are three ideas that are sure to keep your kids happy and teach them something along the way!

A gif of a story book opening on a shelf. On the book is a beach with a pirate boat.

Indoor Treasure Hunt

The mystery of a hidden treasure within your home is enough to keep any little one excited! 

All you’ll need is:

  1. Colourful Paper or Sticky Notes
  2.  Pens or Markers
  3. A reward for the end!
Some optional materials are:
  1. A shoe box or amazon box and some paint. This can be used to create a treasure chest.
  2. Small treats for along the journey.
The main premise of this idea is to create a series of riddles and tasks for your children to complete that will lead them on to the next part of the hunt. It’ll encourage them to use problem solving skills as they work their way through. It could even be fun to include some of your child’s stuffed animals to be the riddle givers throughout.
 
At the end some treasure for you and your child to enjoy! Sweet treats are always welcome for this but if you have any other idea for your child then go with that!
The best part is, you can spread this out over a couple of days. You could spend day one creating a fun treasure chest out of an old box and paint and then allow the hunt to take place on the second day.

DIY Arts & Crafts Day

Getting your hands a bit dirty with some paint and markers can be a lot of fun! For this activity, we’d recommend using some old clothes!

What you’ll need:

  1. Plain and/or coloured paper
  2. Markers, Paints and/or Pens
  3. Glue
  4. Newspaper (for crafts and protecting your table)
  5. Scissors
  6. And anything else that feels fun and crafty like stickers, glitter, old magazines, packaging from foods. Anything at all!
This idea is a bit more straightforward. It takes a lot less planning but will likely require a bit more clean-up depending on the materials you chose to use. A good way to tie this in to the previous ideas, is getting your child to make a treasure map of their journey to find the treasure. It’s a good way to keep on theme and get them to recall the different tasks they completed. 

 

Ultimately, any theme will work for this! It’s limitless what you can do. Another idea is if there’s any family birthdays coming up – this could be a great time to make them a birthday card together.

Raincloud In A Jar

For your little one that loves all things science, this project is great fun for them! It’s very easy to complete and can be cleaned up quickly. This project is meant to teach them about how rain works, where the shaving foam will represent the cloud and they’ll see rain falling.

What you’ll need:

  1. A large jar, like a mason jar.
  2. A small cup.
  3. Shaving foam.
  4. Gel Food Colouring or Washable Watercolours.
  5. Pipettes or droppers.

How it works:

  1. In your small cup, mix some gel food colouring and water. This will make your rain. 
  2. Fill your large jar with water, about 3/4 full.
  3. Set your coloured gels out and place a pipette for each colour – if using multiple.
  4. When you’re ready to start, spray the shaving foam on top of the water in the large jar until it sits just above the top of the jar.
  5. Now, let your child squirt some of the coloured water on top of the shaving cream cloud and watch as the liquid drips through like rain.

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