Summer hasn’t been the best this year, so getting outside and doing those fun summer activities is not always an option. We’ve put together a list of indoor activities to try when the weather is rubbish, so that your kids don’t go mental with boredom!
1. Bring out the board games!
There are plenty of fun board games for kids and families, some that will keep your kids busy by themselves, and some that you might want to join in on.
2. Put on a puppet play.
Get crafty and dig out old toilet rolls, paper, colouring pencils, paint, and the likes. Let your kids make a few puppets and come up with a small story for the play. Creative and fun!
3. Have an indoor picnic.
If the weather isn’t good enough for a picnic outdoors, spread out the picnic blanket on the floor and put together a nice meal anyway. Your kids will love helping to prepare everything, and eating on the floor is a fun change.
4. Build a tent or a fort.
Go through the linen closet for old bedsheets and the likes, move around some furniture and build a fort. Throw in some pillows, blankets and your child will love it!
5. Have a pillow fight.
This might make you think of broken things and a chaotic house, but simply limit the fight to one room, from where you remove all fragile things. Pillow fights will keep your kids occupied for ages, and once it’s over they’ll be exhausted!
6. Put coloured tape on the carpet to make car tracks.
This makes playing with toy cars much more fun, and what more, you can change up the car tracks everyday to make it even more exciting.
7. Make an indoor hopscotch.
Another clever use for coloured tape is to make an indoor hopscotch pattern and let the kids play in the living room.
8. Have an indoor campout.
Put up a tent, dig out the sleeping bags and campout in the living room. For the finishing touch, have some hot chocolate from a thermos, make s’mores in the oven, and play games.
9. Organise a scavenger hunt.
Nothing beats a good old scavenger hunt. Hide some treasures around the house, create clues, and watch as your kids try to figure it out. They’ll be enjoying themselves for quite a while, no doubt!
10. Do a spot of baking.
There are tons of kid friendly recipes out there, and what better way to spend a rainy day than bake some sweet treats? You’ll have double the fun with both making and eating. Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.
11. Play dress up.
Whether you have lots of fun costumes or you just use old clothes, playing dress up is fun and creative. Your kids will have a lot of fun pretending to be imaginary people!
12. Draw, paint and get creative.
Find all the papers, colouring pencils, water colours and colouring books that you have and introduce original ways to draw and paint, using sponges, hands, potatoes, and the likes.
13. Learn how to finger knit.
Teach your kids to finger knit, provide them with yarn in different colours, and watch as they use their creativity to produce colourful, original, finger-knitted creations.
14. Make home made play dough.
Play dough is easy to make and fun to play with. Make it in many different colours and your kids will spend hours moulding figures, carving and messing around. There are many different recipes out there, for example this one.
What do you like to do when the weather isn’t the best and your kids are bored?