Summer holiday rainy day ideas for your sanity!

Happy children and teacher draw paints in the kids' club.

The summer holidays are approaching and whilst we hope that the sun will shine there is a high chance that there will be rain, at least some of the time.

That means that the kids will need some sort of entertainment to keep you sane. Here are few ideas that you could try.

From the comfort of your own home

Baking – A great way to fill in your day. Make some tasty treats involving your kids. Cookies are always a favourite as they are pretty easy to make and kids love them. There are plenty basic recipes around and don’t worry if they don’t turn out the way you wanted, everyone will still have fun.

Make your own playdough – Easier than it sounds, trust us. No need to venture down to the shops, your kids will be entertained during the creation as well as after.

Brave the outdoors – If you’re feeling brave pop on a rain jacket and slip on your wellies. There is nothing kids love more than getting dirty and splashing in puddles (as long as you don’t mind the washing after).

Arts and crafts – You can make use of any resources you have in the house. From pasta paintings to stamps made out of potatoes, there is something for everyone no matter the capability. You can make mementos to look back on in years to come.

Make a collage book/photo album – If your kids are a little bit older this can be a great time to get out some old photos of your childhood and share some of the special memories you made growing up.

It can be a great way to introduce them to past members of the family. Or with younger kids, make a collage using old magazine cuttings and glue.

Make a den – There is nothing more fun than building a den out of bed linen and pillows. Your own little area to hide from the rain with your kids. Get creative and pretend you’re camping or hiding in a cave.

Duvet day – A movie marathon, popcorn and your duvet on the sofa. Perfection. Nothing compares to the comfort and bonding of something so simple. No matter your age, whether you want to laugh or cry, or if you just want to take a nap this idea caters for everyone’s needs.

Board game – This may sound like an alien idea to some children but not all games involve a screen. Dig out an old game of Monopoly or something more basic for younger kids and show them what that you enjoyed before the days of the Xbox and PlayStation.

Venturing out and about

If your kids are a bit older you need to venture slightly further afield.

Cinema – Great as a treat on a rainy day. Get a slush, popcorn and a hotdog and away you go. It’s a perfect way to fill in the afternoon and I’m sure (as long as they can choose the movie) there will be no complaints.

Museum/art gallery – You may take this opportunity to visit a local art gallery or museum. A great way to encourage your children to learn about history or give them a taste of culture. Some of these places are free so you won’t have to worry if you’re on a budget.

When the sun does decide to shine, encourage your kids to play outside and make the most of the summer holidays.

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