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Unless you’re fortunate enough to live in an area where summer brings endless days of sunshine, it’s wise to plan some weatherproof activities for the holidays. If you wake up, and the skies are gray and raindrops are streaming down the windows, you don’t have to despair and abandon any plans you had to have a fun-packed day together. There are plenty of things you can do to keep busy when the weather isn’t playing ball.
If your children are creative, they won’t mind the odd splash of rain, as it means they can have loads of fun getting arty indoors. If bad weather is forecast, stock up on supplies like brushes, crayons, paint, and pencils and download some printable coloring templates, puzzles, and things to make. Sites like Got Coloring Pages have options that will appeal to kids of all ages, and you can choose from a huge range of topics and themes. Once you’ve got everything in stock, set up a craft corner. Lay out cloths to cover tables, and get everything ready. Set out a range of activities, like painting, coloring, and drawing and give your kids the choice to experiment and be creative with different ways to enjoy tried and tested crowd-pleasers. If you’re painting, for example, you could use sponges, potatoes, rollers, and stencils, as well as brushes.
Put your apron on
Baking is a great activity for a miserable day. You can involve children of all ages, giving them various roles and tasks throughout the process. Go through some recipes, and let the kids choose what to make, lay out the ingredients on the surface, and put your aprons on. Follow the recipe carefully and let the kids mix the ingredients together. Set a timer when you’ve put your homemade delights into the oven, and then get ready to sample the fruits of your labor later in the day. If you’ve made cookies, muffins, or cakes, why not invite some friends or relatives over and host an indoor tea party?
If you want to do something fun that will also encourage your kids to use their imagination and hone their design skills, junk modeling is a fantastic option. Collect empty bottles, packets, cartons, and tins and store them in a box in the garage or pantry. When a rainy day comes around, get the box out, set aside an area on the kitchen table or in the playroom, and then get ready to flex your artistic talents. If you’re short on ideas, you’ll find inspiration online. Designs like robots, houses, animals, and spaceships are popular, and they’re relatively easy to make. Make sure you’ve got plenty of tape and glue before you get started.
In the summer, most of us want to spend as much time as possible outside. If the kids are on holiday, you don’t want to be cooped up inside, but if the sun isn’t shining, there are lots of ways you can have fun indoors. If it’s raining, try these activities for size. You can be creative and imaginative, spend quality time together, and most importantly, have loads of fun without braving the elements.