Rainy Day Stuff
Coming from Manchester, England, a place fairly well known for its grey days and rainy weather, and having lived here all my life, I sometimes have to get inventive when the kids are off school and the weather decides to put a dampener on the day.
Out of Term Entertainment
It’s currently half-term and many kids are still off school here at the moment for another week, with the forecast for the rest of the week being “unsettled”.
Whether you’ve got kids or are a big kid yourself, here’s my run-down of 10 things to try on a rainy day:
Go for a Welly Walk
Kids (and big kids!), often love splashing in puddles on a wet day. Take a brolly and wear your wellies, even if it’s a quick walk round the block. It’s a chance to get some fresh air and tire them out – who knows, you might even enjoy it.
Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows
I strongly recommend doing number 1 first and then coming in, wrapping up in some warm clothes and sipping hot chocolate and marshmallows to warm back up again. Very cosy.
Curl Up With a Good Book
Or film, whatever you prefer. You can incorporate number 1 and/or 2 above to make a day of it or just curl up in your jammies!
Another option is to make the most of the bad weather to de-clutter the house. It doesn’t have to be the whole house, maybe just a room or a DIY job you’ve been meaning to get done. The benefit of doing this on a rainy day is that your not stuck in doors on a sunny day doing it.
Break Out the Board Games
Most of us have at least one board game or a pack of cards lying about the house but how often do we get them out in this digital-age with technology and new games and apps always at our fingertips? Monopoly anyone?
Bake a Cake
Of course it doesn’t have to be a cake – anything warm and cosy will do. Maybe a batch of home-made bread or pie. Kids love to get creative in the kitchen so maybe a home-made pizza and then that’s dinner sorted too!
Listen to the Rain
Many people find it very relaxing to listen to the sound of the rain as attested to by the multitude of apps available for this very activity. Just sitting and relaxing or meditating to the sound of the rain can be very soothing to the soul. Might struggle getting the kids to try this one!
Again not something you see as much of nowadays with the abundance of technology around us, but I’ve yet to see a child turn down a fun crafting activity. It doesn’t have to be messy or expensive and it can be a fun way for adults to get in touch with their inner child – kids or no kids! It could by Play-doh, Kinetic Sand, painting, gluing and sticking…
Why not break out the face paints and/or make up and give each other a brand new look!
Paper Aeroplane Tournament
This one’s my favourite, fun for all ages! Of course again, feel free to get creative – it doesn’t have to be paper aeroplanes. It could be a wind-up toy race or an origami competition for example.
So there you have it – my top ten ideas for a Rainy Day. Try one at a time or turn it into a challenge and take them all on. How many can you get through before the rain stops?